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Cash for software clunkers? No, thanks, unless it promotes Free formats and soft

Mar 26, 2010, 15:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

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"The italian Information & Communications Technology (ICT) industry is in dire straits. On March 10, 2010, Assinform, the association of the bigger italian ICT companies, announced that their 2010 forecast includes an estimate of 8000 lost jobs, after the 16000 already lost in 2009. One of the solutions Assinform proposes to fight the crisis is what you may call a "cash for software clunkers" program: state-financed discounts for all companies that replace with newer applications obsolete software that isn't working well anymore. At first sight, this looks like a dumb, or at least useless, idea, for the reasons explained below, but it could do well, after all, if implemented in the right way. Cash for software clunkers does very little good...

"According to several italian ICT portals (Punto Informatico, Pc Professionale and Nebenet) Paolo Angelucci, the Assinform president, explained that, since human contribution in software production is 2.5 times bigger than in automobile production:

""the positive impact on employment rates of every Euro of public financing to ICT is 2.5 times bigger than giving the same money to the automobile sector. In our case, financing would promote consumption not only of mere goods or services, but of human resources, with important positive effects on the employment rates and overall productivity of the whole sector.""

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