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Italian Left Leader signs Berlusconi-like deal with Microsoft

Nov 24, 2010, 17:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"In case you're wondering why I'm telling you this, it's because, right while I write, Nichi Vendola is signing a deal with Microsoft that "represents the beginning of an important collaboration partnership, whose goal is to promote innovation and excellence in creation, development and usage of ICT technologies and solutions, adding value to the role of the Region in direct relationships with the biggest international groups of that sector".

"In other words, it looks like Nichi Vendola is signing in these very moment a deal with Microsoft that is very similar, in spirit, to the deal signed… with Microsoft by the current Berlusconi cabinet, that favours promotion of proprietary software in Italian Public Schools. A deal signed even if Microsoft, at the time, was still under investigation from UE for abuse of dominant position, and even if Microsoft Office, with active help from certain schools and Public Administrations worldwide, creates cocaine-like dependencies, through secret file formats that Italian Government itself says to be not open."

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