02.20.21

Misusing the Linux Brand for Reputation Laundering and Openwashing of Racist Companies (Which Profit From Racism)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft at 7:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: IBM, with much help from Zemlin's PAC (a sleazy marketing firm which does not pay tax), is trying to portray IBM as the opposite of what it is; that’s another example of the “Linux” brand being misused or misapplied where it has no relevance at all (so-called 'vaccine passports', 'contact-tracing' surveillance and so on)

THE Linux Foundation, already filled with former IBM employees, is misusing the trade name “Linux” and a bunch of openwashing tactics (outsourcing code to proprietary software of Microsoft) to white-wash the history and current status of IBM, even if IBM continues to profit from “Racist” contracts (while offering us a list of “Racist” words that it demands be removed, even if those words have nothing to do with race, e.g. words like “master” and “whitelist”).

“In a sense, it seems pretty clear that IBM is mostly trying to confuse the general public, sending out the message that IBM is combating rather than perpetuating institutional racism at a very large scale.”Little does IBM say about its difficult past with Jamaica or the racist inclinations of its founder, the original Watson. In a sense, it seems pretty clear that IBM is mostly trying to confuse the general public, sending out the message that IBM is combating rather than perpetuating institutional racism at a very large scale.

Links from the video above (in order of appearance):

  1. Two new Call for Code for Racial Justice projects just went open source
  2. New Open Source Projects to Confront Racial Justice
  3. The Linux Foundation and IBM Announce New Open Source Projects to Promote Racial Justice
  4. The Linux Foundation and IBM Announce New Open Source Projects to Promote Racial Justice
  5. The Linux Foundation adds 7 projects to combat racial injustice
  6. Linux Foundation backs 7 new open-source projects to promote racial justice
  7. IBM, Linux Foundation Expand Call for Code for Racial Justice
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