News - JF-supported network investigates ‘Software colony in Europe’
This is Investigate Europe's second major round of publications after their previous research of the dysfunctional new regime for 'European Border Control
'. ‘Software colony Europe’, as the investigation is called found that 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
, 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 organisations;
- 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.