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[News] [OT] Pharmaceutical Companies 'Pull a Microsoft' (Dirty Tricks, Astroturfing)

  • Subject: [News] [OT] Pharmaceutical Companies 'Pull a Microsoft' (Dirty Tricks, Astroturfing)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 12:47:47 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Academic Astroturfing for Medical Profits

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| JAMA has a rather scathing editorial condemning what is apparently the 
| practice of ghostwriting and appending known specialists names as lead 
| authors in studies that are then used to promote pharmaceuticals and medical 
| devices.   


Sounds like Microsoft and its academic kickbacks (bribery). Details below.


Microsoft Pays $200 for Mentioning Its Tools

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| If you're a professor and you mention Microsoft programming tools in a 
| scholarly presentation -- in fact, even if you just use the tools -- 
| Microsoft will send you a check for $200.  


>From E-mail:


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| As you see, it's in French but it is short and sweet.  It refers to an
| article published in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps on Monday (available for a
| payment of 2.50 Swiss francs.)  But I find the Le Monde article
| sufficient and can offer a translation:
|      1,445: number of students in the world paid by Microsoft to
|      promote favourable speech in their universities
|      "How Microsoft has infiltrated the Swiss universities" was the
|      title of the Monday Le Temps.  The Genevean newspaper pointed to
|      these students charged with "forging links with their peers and
|      the professors" to improve the image of Bill Gates' firm in the
|      universities.  The program "Microsoft Student Partners" is not at
|      all clandestine, it has an official Website at
|      "http://student-partners.com";.  It is no longer at all local: the
|      1,445 students at the service of Microsoft are active in 102
|      countries.  In France, more than 100 students carry the title MSP
|      and correspond with the Microsoft teams during their whole time in
|      school.  These French students have actively participated in the
|      launch of the Vista operating system, organising 87 conferences
|      and stands, leading 17 training sessions and moderating 42 blogs.

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