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Microsoft-sponsored Distortion of News in the UK (Lerner Daemonises Free Software Along With Schankerman)

Besieged by Microsoft-funded FUD


Summary: In order to derail government migration plans to Free/open source software (in the UK and elsewhere) Microsoft pays Lerner and a colleague from LSE, Schankerman, to echo Microsoft's old FUD

FROM inside sources we know that local UK authorities explore the possibility of embracing more Free/open source software and in this week's news we have articles such as:

This jeopardises some Microsoft cash cows (Windows and Office), so the monopolist can be seen fighting back in the same old way, namely Microsoft-sponsored talking points which get pushed into the "news" with British/American academics receiving Microsoft money to do so. See this new example from Schankerman and a colleague. We wrote about it in [1, 2, 3, 4]. The article says: "Don’t believe everything you read about tech camps," but it should also say "don’t believe everything you read in tech sites like us" because the source forgets to mention Microsoft's money which was injected in this case. That's how news and public opinion get bought, cheaply.

According to another alert from Europe, Microsoft is now organising a roundtable on ‘EU Spectrum Policy’:

We would like to remind you about the roundtable discussion on recent developments in spectrum policy and their impact on the ICT industry. The event will take place on Wednesday April 13th at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre, Avenue de Nerviens 85, 1040, Brussels. The event will start at 10:30 and will be followed by a walking lunch and a guided tour in our new Cloud and Interoperability Centre. The roundtable discussion will feature presentations from key experts in the field, whose different viewpoints should ensure a lively discussion.

More distortion of European policy and lobbying from the American company. What could possibly go wrong? It's very simple for Microsoft to fool politicians, or as Tim put it the other day, "On Monday a site was launched with the backing of David Cameron for “helping” entrepreneurs with their Start-up…. Oh joy, you know this will be good.

"We’ve seen what happens when MP’s get involved in IT."

The post title is "Why a start-up should avoid Microsoft? (MP+IT = #Fail)" and last night we received a link (via IRC) about Microsoft making moves that could potentially make India's space program dependent on Microsoft (which tried to pass it off as some sort of "charity", not lock-in). Be vigilant because as Groklaw's Pamela Jones put it last night, "I understood that better when I read the Paul Allen excerpt from his book in Vanity Fair. The upper management [at Microsoft] are portrayed as ethically empty."

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

--Bill Gates

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