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[News] [Rival] The Sonia Arrison Shill Strikes Again

Giving Bad Policies Another Whirl

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| Back in 2002, open source Open Source zealots tried to convince
| California legislators to pass the "Digital Software Security Act," 
| which would have forced state agencies to use open source
| software exclusively.


Along with Rob Enderle, she seems to be spreading FUD about Linux projects
like the OLPC. It's possible that she is 'possessed'. This isn't the first
self-serving column which suggests this.


California to Start Review of Voting Machines

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| Vendors have time to submit their machines including documentation
| and source code until July 1st or face severe restrictions, including
| decertification, for the 2008 elections. Scheduled to start next week,
| the review will include a red-team attack and going through the
| source code.


California Assembly Bill 1668

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| This is pretty self-explanatory. (2) and (3) are there to ensure
| that whatever the solution, it must not be controlled by any
| single organization or entity. (1) is there so as not to lock
| the user into any platform. And (4) just means that whatever
| document standard is used should be under the auspices of a
| transparent standards body.


Microsoft asking people to write leters opposing California A.B. 1668 - Open
Document Format


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| In 2001, the Los Angeles Times accused Microsoft of astroturfing
|              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| when hundreds of similar letters were sent to newspapers voicing
| disagreement with the United States Department of Justice and its
| antitrust suit against Microsoft. The letters, prepared by Americans
| for Technology Leadership, had in some cases been mailed from
| deceased citizens or nonexistent addresses.
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Notes from JEDE Committee Hearing [on AB 1668, ODF in California]

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| One of the more disappointing aspects of the hearing is that none of
| the bill's proponents made the moral argument - it's the right thing
| to do because government should not be in the business of handing
| competitive advantages to businesses. I don't understand why this
| argument wasn't made, particularly when the bill's opponents made 
| the moral argument against, eg. "it's wrong to oppose free markets,"
| "government shouldn't mandate competitive advantage," etc.
| I also don't understand why no one pointed out that Microsoft has
| been free to participate in the standards body process for ODF and
| has chosen to go their own route, instead. I understand why Sun and
| others want to make the issue less about ODF, but someone needs to
| call Microsoft on the fact that their arguments are completely
| disengenuous.


Microsoft Shilling and Astroturfing

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| MSFT Shilling and Astroturfing
|     * Paid for ads purportedly from a think-tank, although at least
|       one signer of the ad defended it. You might want to take a
|       closer look at what the web has to offer on this issue.
|     * Paid for Gartner "research" and DH Brown "research". Also
|       paid for IDC "research".
|     * Planned to plant fake op-ed pieces in local newspapers.
|       See also this C|Net article.
|     * Fake "grass root" letter writing campaign. See also
|       this article. This time, the astroturf is directed to Attorneys
|       General of the US states suing Microsoft for anti-trust violations.
|     * Planted shills in a Compuserve forum
|     * Planted shills in ZDNet TalkBack forum and MSNBC forum shills
|     * Planted shills in an AOL forum
|     * Stuffed an on-line ballot box
|     * Stuffed another on-line ballot box
|     * Fund a think-tank to produce a favorable whitepaper.
|     * Astroturfed a Register reporter
|     * Secretly funded a Grass roots Network of "Citizens".
|     * Analysis of Microsoft lobbying and astroturfing
|     * Posted fake user testimonials. See also this commentary.


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