NEW INVESTIGATION: Europe’s dire dependency on Microsoft

This dependency is solid. Credit: Martin Abegglen/flickr

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 then 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 Tagesspiegel (free)
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)

 

More to come….

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