"Today, after the initial surprise caused by knowing
that Left party leader and president of the italian region of
Puglia, Nichi Vendola, has just signed a Berlusconi-like deal with
Microsoft offering an explanation that, alas, doesn't really
explain much, we started to know something about the content of the
deal (because the bigger, problem in this whole business, much more
of the presence of Microsoft, is lack of transparency).
"The Region of Puglia published a press release titled, more or
less, "Protocol of understanding between the Region of Puglia and
Microsoft. Vendola says: (this is for) technological neutrality (a
summary of the press release was also published by Italian
newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
"The title of the press release is the first thing that creates
perplexity, unless this is the first of a series of similar deals
with other companies. In this context, and in ICT in general,
"technological neutrality" means more or less "to guarantee that
each public or private software user can freely choose which
software to use, and that each software vendor competes fairly with
all the others"."