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Microsoft as Threat to National Sovereignty

"Gates looks at everything as something that should be his. He acts in any way he can to make it his. It can be an idea, market share, or a contract. There is not an ounce of conscientiousness or compassion in him. The notion of fairness means nothing to him. The only thing he understands is leverage."

--Philippe Kahn, Founder and former CEO of Borland



Summary: Microsoft wants to conquer the world and it tries to embed itself in federal elements of the system, the latest examples being banking, politics, and healthcare

THE previous post showed how Panama and Argentina risked becoming more enslaved to the monopolist from the north. But this problem is not unique to America of course. Earlier this month we've scooped up some other examples we wish to share here.



Microsoft in Jordan's Monetary System



PBS Columnist 'Robert X. Cringely' (pseudonym) once said that "Microsoft's goal is domination of the global information business, which is to say all business. Phone companies, cable television companies, post offices, stock exchanges, banks, treasury departments -- all of these are viewed by Microsoft as future competitors."

Microsoft's recent moves in Jordan give reasons for concern. Apparently, those who manage ICT in the country don't mind just letting Microsoft control everything, including banks.

Under a memorandum of understanding, Microsoft Jordan will provide the necessary resources to Jordan Ahli Bank to build IT capacity and develop areas of competencies, which, in return, will drive increased user productivity and customer-satisfaction, as well as maximise profits and reduce costs.


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We have already seen many situations where banks' reliance on Microsoft ends up with major disasters [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. This leads us to suspecting that Jordan Ahli Bank's decision was not at all based on logic. What else might it be? Deception and bribed officials (Microsoft acknowledges bribery as an acceptable business practice) are not out of the question.

Also on a related subject, this month's news included:



Equinix Inc., the data-center operator for companies including Microsoft Corp., expects to sign a $200 million loan to expand in Asia, after commitments from five more banks, according to two people familiar with the matter.


Microsoft Goes Directly to Politicians



Two weeks ago we showed that Microsoft was targeting politicians rather than people whose work involved technology. That's just typical Microsoft. It acts more like a political movement and less like a technology company. Windows is a mindset, not a product. And Microsoft is trying to get around technical people and get the gullible officials to tactlessly sign deals.

Just watch what Microsoft is doing these days:

Microsoft Introduces Social Media Directory for State and Local Government



[...]

How many states' motor vehicle departments have a Facebook page or a Twitter account? In order to find out, you might have to browse a search engine and visit the DMV websites one by one.

But someday soon, that answer could be only one click away on a new website launched by Microsoft State & Local Government (SLG) that aims to aggregate and make searchable the social media platforms and projects coming from state and local governments.


More here:

Designed for political campaigns, the suite works by letting candidates connect with constituents via TownHall, while Microsoft’s online collaboration and advertising tools help campaign workers communicate with each other and spread their messages.


Calling this "TownHall" seems to imply that Microsoft is now running town halls. Does Microsoft really deserve such power? That's what it wants. Politicians become more dependent on Microsoft that way; they even get influenced by Microsoft's tools (advertising and such artifacts).

Microsoft Insists It's Good for Your Health



In the United states, Microsoft has been hiring top lobbyists in order to take over the healthcare system. Microsoft is now planning something similar in Australia.

Software giant Microsoft hopes to pilot its Health Vault system in Australia within the next year to 18 months and is seeking partners to launch the service locally– and in turn hand the Government a get-out-of jail-free card as far as big bang spending on e-health systems is concerned.


This is a colossal mistake -- giving control of people's lives to a foreign company with secret, user-hostile code and a criminal past/present. In India, Microsoft is even trying to manage the ID system.

The world needs Free software to prevent such an abuse of power, instead empowering the users that include independent nations.

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