Publications

NEW INVESTIGATION: Europe’s dire dependency on Microsoft

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Headlines featuring IE's investigation on Microsoft. Credit: Christian T. Joergensen

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

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Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

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This dependency is solid. Credit: Martin Abegglen/flickr

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.

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Italy / Il Fatto: “Microsoft, la Ue ostaggio dei suoi software”

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Il Fatto quotidiani / 9.4.2017

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 …

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This is where you can read our stories on Europe’s new dysfunctional border regime

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Publications via Investigative Europe Graphic: Christian T. Jørgensen

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.

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Uncounted: Invisible Deaths on Europe’s Borders

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One section of the cemetery in Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily has been reserved for drowned migrants. Just a few of them have names on them. Credit: Ingeborg Eliassen

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.

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PORTUGAL: “Mortes que não se contam – Deaths that don’t count”

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One section of the cemetery in Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily has been reserved for drowned migrants. Just a few of them have names on them. Credit: Ingeborg Eliassen

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.

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How the EU cosied up to the defence lobby

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Flags in front of the EU commission in Brussels Photo: Alvaro Millan/flickr

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

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Portugal: “Europa, a ultima fronteira – Europe, the last border”

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Screenshot Publico

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.

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Italy: Business of Security – how much we pay for EU border control

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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.

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