NEW INVESTIGATION: Europe’s dire dependency on Microsoft

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 programmes. But because digital systems are constantly growing in both size and importance, countries are becoming ever increasingly dependent on this single corporation. What consequences does this “lock-in” have, as it is called in technical jargon? What risks does it pose? And what can governments do to counter it? Investigate Europe, a team of journalists, explored this question for three months, interviewing economists, computer scientists, IT managers, security experts and politicians from twelve European countries, as well as the EU Commission and EU Parliament. The results are alarming

The reliance of countries on Microsoft

– causes costs to rise continuously and blocks technical progress in government authorities and organizations;

– systematically undermines European procurement and competition laws;

– brings with it overwhelming political influence for the company, culminating in personal interdependence as well as penetration of schools and universities;

– and puts government IT systems, together with their citizens’ personal information, at high risk, both technologically and politically

This investigation will be published in more than 12 countries.

News on anti-trust complaint targeting Microsoft :
by Computer weekly 
by EUObserver
by Handelszeitung
by Tagesspiegel
by Publico

Full investigation:

Read more in PORTUGUESE via Público (free)
Read more in GERMAN via Der Tagesspiegel (free) + ENGLISH translation
Read more in ITALIAN via Il fatto quotidiano (free / Part I and Part II)
Read more in GERMAN via (Austrian) Falter (paid content / Part I and Part II)
Read more in GERMAN via (Swiss) Handelszeitung (free / Part I)
Read more in DUTCH via Belgian De Standaard (paid content / Part I)
Read more in POLISH via Newsweek Polska (paid content)
Read more in CZECH via Investigace.cz (free)
Read more in NORWEGIAN via Aftenbladet (paid content / Part I and Part II and Part III) or
Read more in NORWEGIAN via Bergens Tidende (paid content / Part I and Part II and Part III)
Read more in ENGLISH via Computer Weekly (free)
Read more in FRENCH via Marianne (paid content)
Read more in GREEK via EfSyn (free / Part I and Part II and Part III)

 

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