All across Europe, from Finland to Portugal, Ireland to Greece, the information technology (IT) of government administrations is based on Microsoft programs. This dependence has severe consequences. Investigate Europe’s research will be published in more then 12 countries this time – click here to find out where you can read the stories in your national language
While a cyberattack exploiting a vulnerability in older versions of Windows targeted tens of thousands of computers around the world, the French ministry of Defence is about to renew its contract with Microsoft. As for Bill Gates, he was recently decorated with the Legion of Honnor. French magazine Marianne and Investigate Europe reporter Leïla Miñano investigate the close ties between the Redmond firm and the French state.
Read more in FRENCH via Marianne (paid content).
On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.
European public administrations have chained themselves to Microsoft’s toolbox of word documents, excel sheets, powerpoint presentations and outlook. It costs billions. The lock-in is not the fault of Microsoft, but of the public administrations that have allowed themselves to be locked in, says Björn Lundell. He is a professor of computer science at Högskolan i Skövde, Sweden. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
With filming and interviews in Athens, Lesbos, Lisbon, Brussels and Naples, the documentary by VICE Greece follows the cross-border work of the Investigate Europe journalists as they investigate the industries that are banking on the border business and the security threats in Europe.
The educational system in Austria is strongly influenced by Microsoft. The Austrian state is as dependent on the corporation as many others in Europe. Read more in GERMAN via Austrian “Falter”.
Throughout Europe, from Finland to Portugal, from Ireland to Greece, the information technology (IT) of public administrations is based on Microsoft programs. Munich for the last decade was a poster child of the open source movement. But the pressure to return to the Monopolist is high…Read more in GERMAN.
Microsoft seemed to be left behind by the big champions of Silicon Valley, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, that punctuate our days with smart-phones, tablets, supercomputers. But first impressions can be misleading. Microsoft is very present, it occupies a monopolist position as a public supplier. Europe is totally dependent on this single corporation, though reasonable alternatives exist. Read more in ITALIAN via Il fatto quotidiano (free / Part I and …
Like most european countries, Portugal depends on Microsoft to work with the data of the State and the citizens. This is an expensive dependency that also puts in danger the data security. Read more in PORTUGUESE.
Leading Russian security software company Kaspersky is drafting an official anti-trust behavior complaint to submit to the European Commission. At least three security software companies “met several times” with the EU’s Competition Commission (DG Comp) to complain about Microsoft “crashing” competition.
The consortiums led by the Portuguese company Tekever, the Portuguese Air Force and Italian Leonardo won the largest European public drone tender. Unmanned aerial vehicles will, for the first time, fly over migratory routes in the Mediterranean
Far from the public eye, the governments of the European Union are pursuing a weighty long-term plan to use technology on a massive scale for the control of the European borders. But will the desired surveillance system serve its purpose? Will it make Europe safer? We, Investigate Europe, a team of nine journalists from eight different countries, have tried to find answers to those questions. Click here to find out where you can read our first EU-wide story in your national language.
There is no official record of the number of refugees who go missing crossing the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. This is not a coincidence. Our investigation as published via News Deeply IN ENGLISH.
2017: At the European borders thousands of refugees die. But the exact number remains unknown, the dead uncounted. This is a story about those who dedicate their effort to humanize the tragedy, struggling to identify the bodies, making burial ceremonies, recording the events. But those who die this way won’t become a political issue unless they are counted. Read more in PORTUGUESE.
EU uses warships against smuggling networks that put fragile rubber boats on the Mediterranean. But on the boats are only the desperate. The smugglers are on shore. Read our story on “Operation Sophia” – published in Norway and Portugal – IN ENGLISH.
The defense and security industry have found a new, big market in an increasingly frightful Europe. Critics claim companies that contribute to driving people from their homes, also profit from policies to stop their flight. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
The European Union is planning comprehensive controls of its external borders. “Investigate Europe,” a team of journalists from eight countries, has uncovered: It is costing billions – but the only beneficiaries are the weapon and electronics industries. Read our main findings IN ENGLISH.
Consultants who advise the European Commission (EC) on its security policies have also been working for companies that win related research projects, funded by the European Union, raising concerns about conflict of interest. IN ENGLISH
Industry lobby decides how external European borders are going to be outlined. That’s probably one of the reasons that the Polish Border Guard received unnecessary drones. We as Poles also have built a robot to catch refugees, which quickly had to be dismantled. Read more in POLISH.
Trapped between the pressure of rising anti-imigration political groups and the lobby power of security and defense companies, European Union has been putting together, in the last months, a new “border system” that raises criticism about its effect on individual rights and doesn´t proove its efficacy in assuring more protection to europeans. This is a story of a relevant policy shift still ongoing but scarcelly known to the public. Read more in PORTUGUESE.
Not only the police know you have landed from London when you go through passport control at Oslo Airport. You become data in a giant European surveillance system meant to prevent terror and stop illegal immigration. Nobody knows if it works. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
The Security issue is the only one on which today all European countries agree. People ask for more security and politicians give it to them. Its a toxic mix: security, immigration and terrorism are competing in transforming our continent into a fortress ready to fight against the enemy. But do militarization and more security measures really help to manage migration flows, to reduce illegal immigration and human trafficking? Read more in ITALIAN.