09.19.11

Cablegate: Microsoft’s Craig Mundie Lobbies for Intellectual Monopolies in China

Posted in Asia, Cablegate, Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft at 3:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cablegate

Summary: A look at cables where Microsoft’s Craig Mundie (one of the very top chiefs) is mentioned as involved

According to the following Cablegate cable, “Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie to Peking University Guanghua School of Management Dean Zhang Weiying emphasized China’s need to create an environment that would allow innovators to be financially rewarded for the risks they took to innovate. They cited the need for real intellectual property rights…”

In other public talks, Mundie was bashing the GPL. It matters because Mundie is influential [1, 2] and he speaks to influential people (he is also among those attending Bilderberg meetings). The following two cables help us see where he’s making these engagements (see ¶7 in the first cable and 1045-1145 for the middle eastern programme in the second cable).


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TAGS: ECON [Economic Conditions], EFIN [Financial and Monetary Affairs], EINV [Foreign Investments], 
ETRD [Foreign Trade], PGOV [Internal Governmental Affairs], 
PREL [External Political Relations], CH [China (Mainland)],
WTO [World Tourism Organization] 
SUBJECT: INNOVATION REQUIRED FOR CHINA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH 
 
REF: BEIJING 23856 
 
¶1. (SBU) Summary: The National Bureau of Statistics and the 
U.S.-based Conference Board hosted a national forum on 
Innovation and China Economic Growth October 20- 22 in Suzhou, 
Jiangsu Province.  During the conference, PRC officials from the 
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), 
National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), People's Bank of China 
(PBOC) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, as well as 
representatives of foreign multinational corporations, discussed 
"self-innovation" and identified systemic changes necessary to 
foster innovation in China.  The systemic changes included: 
increased IPR protection, financial sector liberalization, 
openness to the world, and creation of a society in which 
failure was acceptable.  End summary. 
 
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CHINA:  Big, but not Strong 
 
--------------------------- 
 
¶2. (U) CPPCC Vice Chairwoman Zhang Meiying stressed in her 
keynote address the importance that China's leadership has 
placed on innovation.  Zhang said that while China's total GDP 
made it the fourth largest economy in the world, on a per capita 
basis, China ranked only 110th in the world.  This showed that 
China was a big country, but not a strong country.  According to 
Zhang, under President Hu Jintao's leadership, China has decided 
that the way to create strength from size is through self 
innovation. 
 
¶3. (U) Zhang said that rapid growth over the past twenty years 
had placed strains on national resources that would lead to 
decreased economic development.  China needed to rely on 
innovation to create a foundation for sustainable growth.  China 
had a low proportion of clean, high-technology industries. 
China's leadership realized that the environment was not a free 
commodity and that environmental damage would devour many of 
China's economic gains.  While China manufactured low-technology 
items, it was dependent on other countries for its 
high-technology needs.  Additionally, China's consumption of 
energy and raw materials per unit of production far exceeded 
that of developed world and was not sustainable, she said.  If 
China did not develop its own human resources, China would 
continue to be only the manufacturing base for the rest of the 
world. 
 
¶4. (U) According to Zhang, in major industries, such as the 
petroleum and electronics industries, China was dependent on 
imported technology for 75-80 percent of its needs.  She said 
that China needed to learn to innovate to create its own core 
technologies.  She said that China needed to "digest 
technologies from other countries" before it could "re-innovate 
these technologies for other purposes."  China needed to 
generously fund its own scientists to insure its "leap-frog in 
development."  She also criticized the "longstanding planned 
economy mindset" in China that meant that companies were too 
passive -- not taking on risks or investing in the future.  As a 
result, she said, these companies were not positioned for 
success, and China lagged behind.  Zhang's speech was widely 
quoted and referred to by other government speakers during the 
course of the weekend conference. 
 
SHANGHAI 00007085  002 OF 004 
 
 
 
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What is Innovation? 
 
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¶5. (SBU) When asked how the Chinese government defined 
"self-innovation," National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) China 
National Research Association Secretary General Zhang Zhongliang 
said: "China is a big country, but it has no power.  China needs 
to import 90 percent of its technology.  China needs to develop 
its own name-brands and self-proprietary technology so that it 
can build a strong economy.  To be a strong country, China needs 
to develop its own innovative abilities." 
 
¶6. (U) In his talk, Development Research Center of the State 
Council (DRC) Deputy Director Liu Shijin outlined what was meant 
by self-innovation.  He said that the three kinds of innovation 
are prime innovation, re-innovation, and the integration of 
innovation from abroad into China.  Liu said that foreign 
companies with investments or joint ventures in China had 
expressed their concern with China's emphasis on self-innovation 
and begun to limit their investment in innovative areas.  He 
tried to put them at ease by explaining that any innovation done 
in China by foreign companies located here was actually "Chinese 
self-innovation" because ultimately these companies would 
contribute to the building of China and its capabilities. 
Ministry of Commerce Vice Minister Shang Ming was more explicit 
when he said, "Self-innovation does not rule out the importation 
of innovative technologies from abroad." 
 
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Requirements for Innovation - IPR and Financial Reforms 
 
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¶7. (U) Multiple speakers from Microsoft Chief Research and 
Strategy Officer Craig Mundie to Peking University Guanghua 
School of Management Dean Zhang Weiying emphasized China's need 
to create an environment that would allow innovators to be 
financially rewarded for the risks they took to innovate.  They 
cited the need for real intellectual property rights to protect 
innovation and a competitive financial sector that fostered 
"innovations" such as venture capital and other mechanisms for 
the efficient distribution of financial resources. 
 
¶8. (U) People's Bank of China Vice Governor Su Ning said that 
due to increased global competition, China needed to tear down 
restrictions in the financial sector.  He said that Chinese 
banks needed to reform and innovate in order to increase their 
margins of profitability.  He also said that China needed to 
reform its regulatory framework to allow for financial products 
such as bonds, funds, options and other ways to diversify 
financial risk.  He stressed that China needed a unified credit 
database to enable efficient access to financing. 
 
¶9. (U) Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) President Zhu Congjiu noted 
that while there was 30 trillion RMB (about USD 3.8 trillion) 
worth of capital available in China, Chinese companies had a 
"weak capability to engage in venture capital."  He said this 
 
SHANGHAI 00007085  003 OF 004 
 
 
was why quality companies chose to go public abroad, rather than 
in China.  It also meant, he added, that 83 percent of all 
venture capital in China was from foreign sources.  According to 
Zhu, the SSE planned to make the reforms necessary to keep 
Chinese companies in China by creating an environment where they 
would have access to the capital they needed domestically.  In 
response to a question, Zhu admitted that for the financial 
sector, "innovation" actually meant reforming the Chinese system 
to be more like the international financial market standard. 
 
--------------------------------------------- --- 
 
Innovative Translation -- Some Words Left Unsaid 
 
--------------------------------------------- --- 
 
¶10. (SBU) The conference theme as translated in English was 
"Innovation and China Economic Growth."  In Chinese, however, 
the title was "Self-Innovation (Zizhu Chuangxin) and China 
Economic Growth."  Chinese government speakers all used the word 
"self-innovation," but the translators uniformly translated it 
as "innovation."  Conference speaker European Union Economics 
and Regional Officer Leila Fernandez-Stembridge noted to Econoff 
that this appeared to be an intentional "mistranslation."  Price 
Waterhouse Coopers Senior Advisor Kenneth DeWoskin, another 
conference speaker, speculated that a political decision had 
been made to de-emphasize the Chinese-centric focus on "self" in 
an attempt to soften the tone of the conference. 
 
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When Innovation Means Using an Airbrush 
 
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¶11. (SBU) DeWoskin noted to Econoff that the "palpable unspoken 
undercurrent" had been the sacking of NBS head Qiu Xiaohua eight 
days before the conference in connection with the Shanghai 
pension corruption scandal.  No mention of Qiu was made 
publicly, even when Xie was introduced as only having been on 
the job for a week.  An NBS employee who helped organize the 
conference materials told Econoff about the "huge amount of 
work" that he had to re-do in replacing Qiu Xiaohua's 
information and name with that of new leader Xie Fuzhen in all 
of the many professionally produced bound conference materials. 
An NBS press officer commented that his office had been given no 
notice of the sacking and been inundated with "questions we 
cannot answer." 
 
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Challenges Facing Innovation in China 
 
------------------------------------- 
 
¶12. (SBU) Sixteen non-governmental speakers at the conference, 
including Sun Microsystems Vice President Piper Cole, GE China 
Technology Center Managing Director Bijan Dorri, and The 
Conference Board Executive Vice President Gail Fosler, China 
were tasked with outlining how China could create and nurture an 
environment that led to innovative people and companies.  These 
speakers described several challenges that China faced to its 
 
SHANGHAI 00007085  004 OF 004 
 
 
drive for self-innovation, including: 
 
- China needed to stay open to the world.  Innovation would be 
greatly hampered in a closed system. 
 
- China needed to avoid "nationalizing" or "branding" its 
innovations in a way that would limit its global reach.  By 
creating a "China standard" different from global standards, 
China would shut itself out of competition. 
 
- China needed to protect intellectual property rights in order 
to protect those who had taken risk. 
 
- China needed to create the financial market conditions that 
would support venture capital in order to reward risk takers. 
 
- China needed to create a social milieu in which failure was 
acceptable.  If the price of failure was too high, no one would 
take any risks. 
 
- China needed to develop educational systems that continued to 
foster interest in math and science. 
 
¶13. (SBU) Chinese government speakers appeared receptive and 
largely agreed to the above list of prescriptions.  However, 
they tended to stress the importance of Chinese brands and 
standards being the mark of Chinese innovation.  As one speaker 
commented, "We hope that the day will come when the label does 
not read 'Made in China' but 'Created in China.'" 
 
¶14. (SBU) Comment:  Innovation -- or self-innovation -- has 
clearly been identified as the next necessary step in  China's 
economic development strategy.  While the mission is clear, 
China still faces enormous systemic economic, legal, educational 
and social barriers to create an innovation-friendly environment. 
JARRETT


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TAGS: ECIN [Economic Integration and Cooperation], 
ECPS [Communications and Postal Systems], EINT [Economic and Commercial Internet], MARR [Military and Defense Arrangements], 
MCAP [Military Capabilities], PREL [External Political Relations], 
XF [Middle East] 
SUBJECT: GULF REGION COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE 2010 UPDATE 
 
REF: 09 STATE 122229 
 
¶1. This is an action request. See paragraph 6. 
 
¶2. SUMMARY. Reftel announced a by-invitation-only Gulf Region 
Communications Conference (GRCC) in Amman, Jordan, 21-23 
February 2010, co-hosted by United States Central Command 
(USCENTCOM) and the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF). Reftel 
requested posts deliver a hold-the-date request to regional 
civilian and/or government attendees pending release of 
formal invitations. A separate notification was distributed 
to military attendees through military channels. On 4 
February 2010, USCENTCOM forwarded to posts, in care of the 
security assistance offices, hard copy and electronic 
versions of the formal GRCC invitations, along with RSVP 
registration information and conference agenda, for delivery 
to attendees.   Invitations are co-signed by Commander, 
USCENTCOM and by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, JAF. 
This cable requests posts deliver invitations and an update 
notification to regional civilian and/or government attendees 
to further highlight the conference and encourage 
participation.  In order to ensure timely delivery of 
invitations, please deliver update notifications based on 
receipt of, and in conjunction with, the electronic 
invitations, and forward hard copy versions when they arrive. 
Draft update notification language is provided in paragraph 
¶6. END SUMMARY 
 
¶3. For reference, the following is the text for USCENTCOM's 
half of the formal joint invitation. 
 
Dear Mr. Communications Minister, 
 
On behalf of United States Central Command, I am pleased to 
invite you to attend the 2010 Gulf Region Communications 
Conference in Amman, Jordan during 21-23 February 2010. 
 
The conference follows last year's inaugural conference in 
Bahrain.  Again, our intent is to gather regional 
communications representatives to collaborate on topics of 
mutual interest in a Regional forum.  Ministers of 
communications, communications regulatory commissioners, and 
senior military communicators from each of eleven Gulf Region 
states are invited to participate.  Also, senior United 
States communications representatives from the federal, 
military, and private sectors are invited.  Regional private 
sector representatives will also be invited. 
 
Conference participants will be able to address regional 
communications capabilities and concerns and discuss 
opportunities to support regional stability and security 
efforts.  The enclosed conference agenda is provided for your 
information. 
 
We would be honored to have you join us.  Mr. John Simpson, 
the Central Command point of contact (813-827-3931, 
simpsoja@centcom.mil), will accept replies.  A detailed 
conference information packet will be sent separately. 
 
With warm regards, 
 
DAVID H. PETRAEUS 
General, U.S. Army 
Commander, 
United States Central Command 
 
¶4.  Also for reference, the following is the text for JAF's 
half of the formal joint invitation. 
 
Dear Honorable Minister, 
 
On behalf of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, I am pleased to 
invite you to attend the 2010 Gulf Region Communications 
Conference (GRCC) in Amman, Jordan during 21-23 February 2010. 
 
We believe last year's conference in Bahrain was a great 
success, and we are looking forward to hosting distinguished 
communicators within the Kingdom of Jordan. 
 
This next GRCC will enable us, as partners, to continue our 
examination and discussion of the Region's most significant 
communications concerns.  We are hopeful that this forum and 
its actions will lead to improved capabilities, stability, 
and security within the Gulf Nations and across the Region. 
 
Communications ministers and regulatory commissioners, and 
senior military communicators from each of eleven Gulf Region 
states are invited to participate. Also, senior United States 
communications representatives from the federal, military, 
and private sectors are invited.  Representatives of the Gulf 
Region's private sector will also be invited.  The enclosed 
conference agenda is provided for your information. 
 
We would be honored to have you join us in the Hashemite 
Kingdom of Jordan. 
 
With utmost respect, 
 
General 
Khaled J. Al-Sarayreh 
Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff 
Jordan Armed Forces 
 
¶5.  The agenda's structure and content reflect extensive 
collaboration with JAF, including integration of 
JAF-recommended panel discussions. Each participating nation 
will be given one speaking part (seat) on each panel and one 
speaking part (five minute presentation) during closing 
remarks. All attendees will be invited to participate in 
roundtable discussions.  For reference, the GRCC Agenda 
follows: 
 
21-23 February 2010 
Grand Hyatt Hotel 
Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 
 
Sunday, 21 February 
 
Arrival of conference participants and registration at Grand 
Hyatt Hotel, Amman, Jordan, Telephone: 962-6-456-1234 
 
1830-2000 
RECEPTION (Hotel Location TBD) - For ministers and 
distinguished visitors (DVs) 
HOST:  U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) 
ATTIRE/GENTLEMEN: Business/National Dress 
ATTIRE/LADIES: Business (dress, pants outfit)/National Dress 
 
Monday, 22 February 
 
ATTIRE/GENTLEMEN: Business/National Dress/Class A Uniform 
ATTIRE/LADIES: Business (dress, pants outfit)/National 
Dress/Class A Uniform 
 
0800-0850 
NO-HOST BREAKFAST 
 
0900-0905 
CONFERENCE WELCOME (Hotel Grand Ballroom) - Brigadier General 
Ghazi Salem Salman al-Jobor, Director of the Special 
Communications Commission, Jordan Ministry of Defense 
 
0905-0910 
TRANSLATION EQUIPMENT FAMILIARIZATION 
 
0910-0930 
CONFERENCE OPENING REMARKS - USCENTCOM and Kingdom of Jordan 
Representatives (TBD) 
 
0930-1000 
PRESENTATION 1 - His Excellency Marwan Juma, Jordan Minister 
of Information and Communications Technology 
TOPIC:  Sector Policy--Mobile Communications, Fixed Services, 
and Regional Connectivity 
 
1000-1030 
PRESENTATION 2 - Jordan Telecommunications Regulatory 
Commission 
TOPIC:  Regulation of Telecommunications 
 
1030-1045 
BREAK 
 
1045-1145 
PRESENTATION 3 - Mr. Craig Mundie, Chief Research and 
Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation, United States 
TOPIC:   Cloud Computing 
 
1145-1245 
PANEL DISCUSSION 1 - Industry/Government Representatives 
TOPIC:   Implementing Cloud Computing Solutions to 
Information Exchange Challenges 
 
1245-1345 
LUNCH (Hotel Restaurant TBD) - For ministers and DVs 
HOST:  Jordan Ministry of Information and Communications 
Technology 
 
1400-1415 
GROUP PHOTO SESSION (Hotel Location TBD) 
 
1415-1515 
ROUNDTABLE 1 - Roundtable Moderator, TBD 
TOPIC:  Policy and Regulation Perspective--Improving 
Telecommunications across the Region and across the 
Commercial, Government, and Military Sectors 
 
1515-1535 
PRESENTATION 4A - Brigadier General Ghazi Salem Salman 
al-Jobor, Jordan Ministry of Defense 
TOPIC:  Mobile Communications in Support of Relief Operations 
 
1535-1555 
PRESENTATION 4B - Brigadier General Mowafaq Assaf, Royal 
Jordanian Air Force 
TOPIC:  Fiber Infrastructure in Support of Government and 
Civilian Agencies 
 
1555-1655 
PANEL DISCUSSION 2 - Military Communicators 
TOPIC:  Mobile, Fixed, and Fiber Communications 
 
1655-1830 
FREE TIME 
 
1830-1900 
COCKTAILS (Hotel Location TBD) - For ministers and DVs 
HOST:  USCENTCOM 
ATTIRE/GENTLEMEN: Business/National Dress 
ATTIRE/LADIES: Business (dress, pants outfit)/National Dress 
 
1900-2100 
DINNER (Hotel Location TBD) - For ministers and DVs 
HOST:  Jordan Telecommunications Regulatory Commission 
ATTIRE/GENTLEMEN: Business/National Dress 
ATTIRE/LADIES: Business (dress, pants outfit)/National Dress 
 
Tuesday, 23 February 
 
ATTIRE/GENTLEMEN: Business/National Dress/Class A Uniform 
ATTIRE/LADIES: Business (dress, pants outfit)/National 
Dress/Class A Uniform 
 
0800-0850 
NO-HOST BREAKFAST 
 
0900-0915 
ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS (Hotel Grand Ballroom) - Brigadier 
General Ghazi 
 
0915-0945 
PRESENTATION 5 - Lieutenant General Carroll F. Pollett, 
United States Army, Director, Defense Information Systems 
Agency 
TOPIC:  Synchronizing Commercial, Government, and Military 
Communications Priorities in the United States 
 
0945-1015 
PRESENTATION 6 - Mr Sami Smeirat, Chief Executive Officer, 
Orange Company, Jordan 
TOPIC:  Regional Reach 
 
1015-1030 
BREAK 
 
1030-1130 
ROUNDTABLE 2 - Roundtable Moderator 
TOPIC:  Synchronizing Wireless Challenges and Potential 
Solutions 
 
1130-1200 
PRESENTATION 7 - Mr. Nidal Qanadilo, Investment Manager, 
Jordan Ministry of Information and Communications Technology 
TOPIC:   Fiber Communications in Support of E-learning, 
E-government, and Rural Areas 
 
1200-1300 
LUNCH (Hotel Restaurant TBD) - For ministers and DVs 
HOST:  USCENTCOM 
 
1345-1415 
ROUNDTABLE 3 - Roundtable Moderator 
TOPIC:   Regional Fiber Backbone Solutions to Civilian, 
Government and Military Challenges 
 
1415-1445 
ROUNDTABLE 4 - Brigadier General Donahue, Roundtable Moderator 
TOPIC:  2010 Conference Action Items and 2011 Conference 
Theme and Topics 
 
1445-1500 
BREAK 
 
COUNTRY REMARKS 
1500-1510, Kingdom of Bahrain 
1510-1520, Arab Republic of Egypt 
1520-1530, Republic of Iraq 
1530-1540, State of Kuwait 
1540-1550, Republic of Lebanon 
1550-1600, Sultanate of Oman 
1600-1610, State of Qatar 
1610-1620, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
1620-1630, United Arab Emirates 
1630-1640, Republic of Yemen 
 
1640-1700 
CLOSING REMARKS - USCENTCOM and Jordan Representatives TBD 
 
1700 
CONFERENCE CONCLUDES 
 
¶6. Action Request: Washington agencies request posts ensure 
delivery of invitations and deliver the following update 
notification regarding GRCC 2010 to the appropriate regional 
civilian and/or government attendees by 8 February 2010. 
Please notify the USCENTCOM and State POCs in paragraph 7 on 
completion of action by 10 February 2010.  Email replies are 
acceptable. 
 
Dear (Embassies, please address invitations to appropriate 
individuals listed), 
 
ABU DHABI: 
-- His Excellency Muhammad bin Ahmad Alqamzi, Chairman 
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority 
-- His Excellency Mohamed Nassar Al Ghanim, Director General 
and Board Member Telecommunications Regulatory Authority 
 
BAGHDAD: 
-- His Excellency Farooq Abdulqadir Abdulrahman, Minister of 
Communications 
-- Barhan Shawi Al-Tamimi, DG, Communications & Media 
Commission 
-- His Excellency Mazin Hashim Al-Haboubi, CEO Deputy for 
Administrative Affairs 
 
BEIRUT: 
-- His Excellency Mr. Charbel Nahas, Minister of 
Telecommunications 
-- Dr. Kamal S. Shehadi, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 
of Telecommunications Regulatory Agency 
 
CAIRO: 
-- His Excellency Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications 
and Information Technology 
-- Dr. Amr Badawy, Executive President of National 
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority 
 
DOHA: 
-- His Excellency Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, Secretary General 
Supreme Council of Information & Communications Technology 
-- Mister William Fagan, Director, Supreme Council of 
Information & Communications Technology 
 
KUWAIT: 
-- Dr. Mohammed Mohsen Al-Busairi, Minister of Communications 
 
MANAMA: 
-- Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, Chairman and Acting General 
Director, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority 
 
MUSCAT: 
-- His Excellency Dr. Khamis bin Mubarak al Alawi, Minister 
of Transportation and Communications 
-- His Excellency Mohammed Nasser Al-Khusaibi, Chairman, 
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority 
 
RIYADH: 
-- Mister Mohammed Jameel bin Ahmed Mulla, Minister of 
Communications and Information Technology 
-- Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jafari, Governor Communications and 
Information Technology Commission 
 
SANAA: 
-- His Excellency Kamal Al-Jabri, Minister of 
Telecommunications & Information Technology 
 
United States Central Command and the Jordanian Armed Forces 
will co-host the by-invitation-only Gulf Region 
Communications Conference (GRCC) 2010 in Amman, Jordan on 
21-23 February 2010. Formal invitations have been distributed 
to you separately along with details regarding RSVPs and 
registration and the conference agenda. GRCC 2010 will 
continue GRCC 2009 multilateral engagement on regional 
telecommunications and information sharing capabilities and 
will foster cooperation among our respective entities in 
order to overcome challenges, to include crisis response 
and/or disaster relief missions. 
 
GRCC 2010 presentations and discussions support a theme of 
Synchronizing Commercial, Government and Military 
Communications Priorities. GRCC 2010 adds panel discussions 
to the GRCC 2009 conference format of presentations and 
roundtables. Each nation attending the conference will be 
given one seat for a national representative on each panel. 
As with GRCC 2009, roundtable discussions will be open to 
participation by all attendees. Each nation attending the 
conference will also be given five minutes for one national 
representative to present closing remarks. Please identify to 
the conference co-hosts as soon as possible those individuals 
who will represent (post, please insert here your nation) on 
each panel and present closing remarks. 
 
I encourage you to attend the conference. 
 
Sincerely, 
(DoS originator name) 
(DoS originator title) 
U.S. Department of State 
 
¶7. CENTCOM point of contact for the conference: 
 
Jim Ramirez DAFC 
U.S. Central Command 
Deputy, Strategic C4 Architecture Programs and Policy 
Division 
* (813) 827-5816 DSN 651-5816 
* ramirejs@centcom.mil 
* ramirejs@centcom.smil.mil 
 
State Department points of contact for the conference: 
 
COL Dave Huggins 
Senior Military Advisor, Near Eastern Affairs Bureau 
* (202) 647-3945 
* HugginsWD@state.sgov.gov 
 
Steve Simpson 
Communications and Information Policy / Middle East 
Energy, Economic, and Business Affairs 
* (202) 647-5306 
* SimpsonSC@state.gov 
* SimpsonSC@state.sgov.gov 
CLINTON
 

Yes, that latter cable is signed by Clinton. Interestingly enough, Mundie is doing politics.

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    The stubborn cult at Microsoft likes telling us all — especially officials and decision-makers — a bunch lies like, “we invest [some amount of money] in security” and “security is our goal”, but in reality the money is sunk into hiring (‘buying’) firms with “security” in their name, bribing publishers for mindless PR/platitudes that cast critics of Microsoft insecurity/ies as “fanatics”, “bashers”, “jealous”, “irrational” et cetera; finally, actual money goes into collaborations with the NSA on back doors, i.e. the exact opposite of security. The video above is a follow-up or sequel for something we meme-ified two days ago; we’ve since then included more examples (with editorial comments added to the links) in our News Roundups/Daily Links; Western media follows the same script we saw in Indian Web sites on Sunday and the objective is to paint Linux as “equally insecure” if not less secure than Windows. As already noted on Sunday, in a much longer video, the ‘Linux’ malware (it has nothing to do with Linux itself!) needs user intervention, neglect, or even sabotage to even get on the compromised systems in the first place. One can guess what situation or which incidents Microsoft is ever so eager to distract/deflect from…



  2. [Meme] EPO Asked to Comply With the Law and Correct Behaviour

    EPO staff wants reparations for monumental abuses, but the “Mafia” of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos will never allow that to happen (we saw the same regarding the unlawful composition of internal courts)



  3. The Unfunny Joke That Microsoft Cares for 'Developer Rights'

    Microsoft propaganda urging software developers to find comfort in a prison of Microsoft (proprietary software monopoly) is a symptom of dying media, or thinly-veiled PR looking for a buck



  4. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, July 27, 2021



  5. Links 28/7/2021: PulseAudio 15.0 Released, World’s Slowest Raytracer

    Links for the day



  6. Links 27/7/2021: New Godot Engine Beta and a Call for Funding of GIMP

    Links for the day



  7. The EPO's 'News' Page Annotated

    From the above: Greenwashing; Offshoring; ViCo nonsense; Openwashing; Patents=space travel? Faking empathy; Patents as monopoly; ViCo whitewash; Constitutional hogwash; ViCo propaganda; Pinkwashing; Whitewashing GDPR violation; Self-praise; Exploiting pandemic for $; More openwashing; Protectionism; Outsourcing; Occupying the legal system; Grifting and PR; 'Legalising' EPC violations; More surveillance; Patents as sharing?; Patents as mere info? Lobbying by litigation firms; Proprietary/MS



  8. Playing With Fire: The Linux Foundation Associates the Linux Brand With Proprietary Software and GitHub (as Usual)

    Racist IBM is once again using or misusing the “Linux” brand (through the Linux Foundation) to promote racist Watson (which is also proprietary software); the ‘Linux’ Foundation is now revisionism as a service (not just in service of its own mythology, e.g. the operating system starting in 1991 rather than 1983)



  9. Links 27/7/2021: KDE Plasma 5.22.4, Libinput 1.19 to Include Hold Gestures

    Links for the day



  10. Recording Videos With Webcamoid on GNU/Linux

    A lot of people use OBS Studio or similarly high-profile Free software that's mostly designed for live streaming; but this video is a bit different as it takes a look at Webcamoid, which not many people even know about, explaining the current setup that's used to record pretty much every video we make



  11. Getting News and Updates Over Gemini (in General and for Techrights)

    Gemini (gemini://) is very well suited for 'consumption' of news; the hardest part is getting past the simple fact that not every article needs to have pictures in it and syndication (for updates) isn't done through social control media



  12. IRC Proceedings: Monday, July 26, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, July 26, 2021



  13. [Meme] Microsoft is Lecturing Us on Security!

    Dev Kundaliya and 'Hacker' News play along and go along with this laughable lie that Microsoft is some kind of security expert with moral authority/credibility on this subject



  14. [Meme] EPO 2025 (When Most of the Decent Patent Examiners Have Been Chased Away)

    Based on this week's reports (see batches of Daily Links), many recently-granted European Patents are being thrown out by courts, which means it's hardly surprising that demand for European Patents is in fact decreasing (while quality/validity/legal certainty nose-dives)



  15. Funding Sources Like Corporate Sponsors/Patrons/Masters Put at Risk the Freedom of Free Software

    Sources of funding or “sponsors” such as large corporations typically come with some barely-visible or temporarily-invisible strings attached (an expectation of commercial reciprocity, rendering the recipients subservient like ‘slaves’) and we need to understand how to preserve software freedom in the face of such trends



  16. Links 26/7/2021: Nanotale on GNU/Linux and IBM Promoting Microsoft GitHub

    Links for the day



  17. Free Software Projects Should Quit Selling Keynote Speeches to the Highest Bidders (Corporations) and Choose Based on Merit/Relevance

    OSI, SFC, FSF and Linux Foundation are in effect selling time and space (even to Microsoft, except the FSF was never foolish enough to do this). As of today, LibreOffice does the same thing (which might remain benign; just be sure to reject rivals as "sponsors" because it dooms projects and events).



  18. Microsoft Windows Has Lost Another 2 Million Web Sites This Past Month Alone (IIS Floundering)

    The rapid decline of Microsoft, Windows and IIS in servers is undeniable; it's just a damn shame that corporate and so-called 'tech' media never writes about this subject



  19. Links 26/7/2021: Grml 2021.07 and DXVK 1.9.1

    Links for the day



  20. Increasing Focus on Advocacy for the Free Software Community (Putting Control Over Computing in the Hands of People, Not Large Corporations)

    After 31,000 blog posts it's time to add a new theme to our coverage, which prioritises science, computer developers, and technology users; an urgent matter and pressing issue is the passage of control (e.g. over code and policy) to non-practising entities



  21. Video: How to Follow All Our Channels (Interactively) From the Command Line

    We’ve been enhancing the access possibilities/options for #techrights and other IRC channels, partly because we want to encourage more people to wean themselves off the DRM-ready Web, the monoculture, the bloat, the surveillance, and centralisation in general (the Web favours centralisation, which is exacerbated by the bloat and other topological dynamics)



  22. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, July 25, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, July 25, 2021



  23. Links 26/7/2021: Third RC of Linux 5.14 and Beta 3 of Haiku Project

    Links for the day



  24. No, Microsoft Does Not Get to Lecture Us on GNU/Linux Security (or Security in General)

    The corporate media wants us to think (or feel) like Microsoft is some kind of security guru; the reality, however, is the exact opposite because at Microsoft sometimes if not always/by default insecurity is the actual objective (back doors)



  25. Links 25/7/2021: MyGNUHealth 1.0.3 and Lots About Patents

    Links for the day



  26. Links 25/7/2021: LibreELEC (Matrix) 10.0 RC1 and Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) End of Life

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, July 24, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, July 24, 2021



  28. Following Techrights IRC Channels From the Command Line (or the Web and Gemini)

    The (almost) real-time logs for #techrights have been available in http://techrights.org/irc and in gemini://gemini.techrights.org/chat/index.gmi for over a month; today we extend that to cover all channels (aggregated into one)



  29. Links 24/7/2021: Skrooge 2.26.1 and K-9 Mail Release

    Links for the day



  30. Links 24/7/2021: FreeBSD Report (April-June) and KDE Reporting Its Progress

    Links for the day


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