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04.11.10

Microsoft Supports the Digital Economy Bill, Delisted from NASDAQ Global Sustainability Index

Posted in Europe, Law, Microsoft at 4:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Leila Deen and Lord Mandelson
“Business secretary Peter Mandelson is slimed by an environmental protestor outside the Royal Society on Carlton House Terrace, Pall Mall after allegations of ‘favours for friends’ over the Heathrow third runway decision” [Courtesy of "Plane Stupid", via Wikimedia]

Summary: Microsoft continues to offer proof that it is working against public interests and instead assists conglomerates; the company is also accused of contamination/pollution

A few days ago we showed that Gordon Brown was visiting Microsoft, just further confirming Microsoft’s “special relationship” with the British government (this relationship is inter-personal too, so it runs pretty deep).

As people inside the UK are certainly aware (we post links about the subject almost on a daily basis), Peter Mandelson brought to the UK some very atrocious laws shortly after dining with a Hollywood mogul.

Based on this report, Microsoft is sidling with the copyright cartel and against the British public.

The Digital Economy Bill’s passing into law is “a victory for consumer empowerment” according to Neil Thompson, general manager of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division.

[...]

The Digital Economy Bill as a whole is anything but a victory for consumers – it has highlighted serious failings in our Parliamentary process and a pandering to an industry that still lives in the dark ages. We fail to see how Thompson thinks that disconnecting users from the internet for alleged file sharing is a victory for consumers.

Well, that’s just typical Microsoft.

Speaking of harm to the public, Microsoft is also being knocked for harming the environment.

Microsoft was removed from the NASDAQ Global Sustainability Index (QCRD) on October 31, 2009 due to a failure to disclose at least two out of five quantitative environmental metrics that adhere to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 guidelines. Two other NASDAQ listed companies were removed (Cisco and Oracle) for similarly inadequate disclosure. Microsoft’s removal appears to conflict with the company’s stated mission, marketing and new product lines which focus heavily on improving other large corporations’ environmental footprints through technological improvements, better energy management and overall reductions in energy usage and GHG emissions. So shouldn’t Microsoft be leading the pack in stellar reporting and disclosure themselves to set the right example?

Here are some related posts on the subject:

  1. Real Environment Activists Don’t Use Windows
  2. Bingeing with Microsoft and Ruining the Environment
  3. Microsoft Demoted in IT Leaders League, Ranked Second-Worst Polluter/Environmental Hazard
  4. Gates Foundation Denies Global Warming and Strives for Global Domination

Greenpeace keeps slamming Microsoft for only pretending to do good for the environment.

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