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Free Software Magazine: Free Software and Latin America

Oct 13, 2005, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Sugar)

[ Thanks to Tony Mobily for this link. ]

"In 2002, the then–U.S. Ambassador to Peru John Hilton delivered a threatening letter to the Peruvian congress on behalf of a powerful American private interest. The letter, which was leaked to the press, stated that the Microsoft Corporation and its chairman Bill Gates disapproved of Peruvian politicians debating a proposed law, Special Bill 1609, which favored the use of free software in public administration. Hilton warned its passage would harm U.S.-Peru relations. The bill was quietly dropped after then–Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was invited by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to personally receive a donation for a Toledo controlled Peruvian foundation.

"This incident was an early salvo in a brewing international conflict over free software..."

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