Microsoft confirms that they provide funding to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Microsoft confirms that they provide funding to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Post by Adam Warne » Thu, 06 Jun 2002 15:00:57



http://www.wired.com/news/linux/0,1411,52973,00.html

   A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that Microsoft provides funding to the
   Alexis de Tocqueville Institution.

   We support a diverse array of public policy organizations with which we
   share a common interest or public policy agenda such as the de
   Tocqueville Institution," the spokesman wrote in an e-mail.

   Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment on whether the
   company directly sponsored the debate paper. De Tocqueville Institute
   president Ken Brown and chairman Gregory Fossedal refused to comment on
   whether Microsoft sponsored the report.

   "It is not our policy to comment on supporters; I'm sure you can
   understand. From this you should not infer that information you have is
   correct or not correct; we just don't comment," Fossedal wrote in an
   e-mail.

Regards,
Adam

 
 
 

Microsoft confirms that they provide funding to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Post by Geoff Lan » Thu, 06 Jun 2002 16:26:04



>    "It is not our policy to comment on supporters; I'm sure you can
>    understand. From this you should not infer that information you have is
>    correct or not correct; we just don't comment," Fossedal wrote in an
>    e-mail.

Can I smell over-heated paper shredders?  I think I can :-)

The problem with being a supporter of M$ is that sometimes M$ likes to saw
through the support...

--
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Brain: apparatus used to think we think.

 
 
 

Microsoft confirms that they provide funding to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Post by David Mohri » Thu, 06 Jun 2002 17:18:50


On Thu, 06 Jun 2002 01:00:57 +1200,

Quote:>http://www.wired.com/news/linux/0,1411,52973,00.html

>   A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that Microsoft provides funding to the
>   Alexis de Tocqueville Institution.

>   We support a diverse array of public policy organizations with which we
>   share a common interest or public policy agenda such as the de
>   Tocqueville Institution," the spokesman wrote in an e-mail.

>   Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment on whether the
>   company directly sponsored the debate paper. De Tocqueville Institute
>   president Ken Brown and chairman Gregory Fossedal refused to comment on
>   whether Microsoft sponsored the report.

>   "It is not our policy to comment on supporters; I'm sure you can
>   understand. From this you should not infer that information you have is
>   correct or not correct; we just don't comment," Fossedal wrote in an
>   e-mail.

>Regards,
>Adam

The link to the Garner site hints at an interesting report
that perhaps Erik should read ...
http://www3.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=106790
+*  "Microsoft Breakup Would Reduce Malicious Content Impact"
+(SPA-11-3793 ). Over the long term, the breakup and behavior
+remedies proposed for Microsoft would result in increased
+firewalling between PC applications and the Windows OS, thereby
+reducing the security exposure to malicious content. By John
+Pescatore and Neil MacDonald

Regards,
David Mohring - Anybody here a Gartner client?

 
 
 

Microsoft confirms that they provide funding to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Post by D. C. Session » Fri, 07 Jun 2002 05:24:59



Quote:> http://www.wired.com/news/linux/0,1411,52973,00.html

>    A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that Microsoft provides funding to the
>    Alexis de Tocqueville Institution.

>    We support a diverse array of public policy organizations with which we
>    share a common interest or public policy agenda such as the de
>    Tocqueville Institution," the spokesman wrote in an e-mail.

Up until *very* recently, MS' corporate political donations
are about what you'd expect from wealthy Washingtonians:
lots of Sierra Club and Democratic Party, with Bill Clinton
being off the rightmost horizon.

Now all of a sudden they have "a common interest or public
policy agenda" with a bunch that makes Barry Goldwater look
like a Socialist.

--
| May I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, |
|  the strength to change the things I cannot accept, and the   |
|    cunning to hide the bodies of those who got in my way.     |

 
 
 

Microsoft confirms that they provide funding to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Post by Ilari Liusvaar » Fri, 07 Jun 2002 08:20:36


Datagram from Adam Warner incoming on netlink socket

Quote:> http://www.wired.com/news/linux/0,1411,52973,00.html

>    A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that Microsoft provides funding to the
>    Alexis de Tocqueville Institution.

No surprise really. And it would not really surprise me if Microsoft had
its part to play in the UnitedLinux "per-seat-licensing" rumours.

-Ilari
--
Linux LK_Perkele_IV9 2.4.18 #8 SMP Thu Mar 14 19:42:25 EET 2002 i686 unknown
  9:16am  up 2 days, 23:19,  8 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

 
 
 

1. Alexis de Tocqueville Institution Paper?

Hi all,

Anyone heard more about this? First a press release from the Alexis de
Tocqueville Institution telling us that open source software could
facilitate terrorism and now silence.

http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/f_headline.cgi?bw.053002/221502375

   May 30, 2002--Terrorists trying to hack or disrupt U.S. computer
   networks might find it easier if the federal government attempts to
   switch to "open source" as some groups propose.

   ...

   In a paper to be released next week, the Alexis de Tocqueville
   Institution outlines how open source might facilitate efforts to
   disrupt or sabotage electronic commerce, air traffic control or even
   sensitive surveillance systems.

The paper was supposed to be released last Friday. Where is it?

http://www.wired.com/news/linux/0,1411,52973,00.html

Regards,
Adam

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