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"VOICES OF OPEN SOURCE" (OSI, Microsoft-Controlled) Calls Mass Plagiarism "AI", Makes Lousy Definitions for Openwashing Purposes

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Nov 23, 2023,
updated Nov 23, 2023

The corrupted OSI (it did not take long to happen; we initially gave them the benefit of the doubt) is still at it, now combined with the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), which is also connected to Microsoft:

DPGA members engage in Open Source AI Definition workshop

Who are those people anyway?

Ricardo Torres, Technical Coordinator and Community Manager: Prior to the DPGA, Ricardo spent over 6 years managing, hosting, and leading community-driven programs and projects focused on technology at Code for Mexico, Microsoft, and others. He has also provided consultancy to governments and NGOs to implement open source, civic tech, and open data initiatives. Ricardo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Management from the University of Guanajuato and a Master’s in Software and Systems from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

DPGA and Microsoft

THE highly corrupt and Free/Open Source software-hostile Microsoft, which faces class action lawsuits for mass plagiarism and large-scale GPL violations, is buying and then controlling the voice of its supposed 'opposition' (now in its own pocket).

Stefano Maffulli et al (Microsoft-appointed staff) has been rendered a reckless Microsoft propagandist, misusing the term "AI" to describe things that simply aren't (e.g. chatbots) and covering up serious attacks on Software Freedom.

Microsoft has privately admitted this tactic (see below; we have the original).

"A stacked panel, on the other hand, is like a stacked deck: it is packed with people who, on the face of things, should be neutral, but who are in fact strong supporters of our technology. The key to stacking a panel is being able to choose the moderator. Most conference organizers allow the moderator to select die panel, so if you can pick the moderator, you win. Since you can’t expect representatives of our competitors to speak on your behalf, you have to get the moderator to agree to having only “independent ISVs” on the panel. No one from Microsoft or any other formal backer of the competing technologies would be allowed -just ISVs who have to use this stuff in the “real world.” Sounds marvellously independent doesn’t it? In feet, it allows us to stack the panel with ISVs that back our cause. Thus, the “independent” panel ends up telling the audience that our technology beats the others hands down. Get the press to cover this panel, and you’ve got a major win on your hands."

--Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

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