Oh-Oh. There Goes The NDA…

“Government spending through private companies to deliver works, goods and services to citizens is the single biggest item of spending by government, amounting world-wide to a staggering USD 9.5 trillion each year, or 15 percent of global GDP. This concentration of money, government discretion, and secrecy makes public contracting so vulnerable to corruption. Data on prosecutions tracked by the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention shows that roughly 60 percent of bribes were paid to win public contracts.”
 
See 40 governments commit to open contracting to fight corruption
M$ and others like to hide transactions behind “non-disclosure agreements”. Imagine a world where all governments agreed to openly publish the details of all procurement deals… Good-bye monopoly. Good-bye divide and conquer. Hello Free/Libre Open Source Software.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Oh-Oh. There Goes The NDA…

  1. oiaohm says:

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/09/secret-diplomatic-cables-reveal-microsofts-win-win-deal-with-tunisian-police-state/
    State corruption + Microsoft interesting right Dr Loser.

    So some of the state level corruption that is protected by the countries own police by hunting down anyone who talks out about it are doing it from what Microsoft personal have in fact trained them how to-do it.

    Let’s be honest, 15% of global GDP dwarfs whatever supposed damage that Microsoft does.
    About 10% of the global GDP corruption is protected from being uncovered by Microsoft support services to police. Thanks to wikileaks and other leaking NDA covered documents this is known. Please note Microsoft is not the only USA company guilt of this.

    State corruption in Africa and State corruption in the Middle East most of that is linked to Microsoft by different released documents by providing the resources to prevent decent against it. You should have stopped at State corruption in the Russian Federation.

    When Microsoft is signing NDA deals with governments you have to wonder what extras they are also selling to Governments like how to use electronic means to hunt down those fighting against corruption. So really Dr Loser you just made Microsoft position even worse in this argument.

  2. Dr Loser says:

    Dr Loser its more interesting to look at where those are not.

    No it isn’t, Fifi.

  3. Dr Loser says:

    Government spending through private companies to deliver works, goods and services to citizens is the single biggest item of spending by government, amounting world-wide to a staggering USD 9.5 trillion each year, or 15 percent of global GDP.

    Let me just assume (and I am open to correction here) a list of the Sources of Corruption And Associated Evil that offend you, Robert. No, wait, I’ll start with mine.

    1) State corruption in Africa. Not only is this huge, but it is also damaging in particular areas. Nigeria is famously bad. South Africa should be doing better. Both of those should be power-houses for the entire continent, but they’re not. Corruption is a big part of that. Oh, and let’s not forget those countries suffering under the Curse of Resources — I’ll just leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo hanging out there on that one.
    2) State corruption in the Middle East (including Saudi, but not picking them out in particular). What with all the oil, there are hundreds of billions of dollars swilling around here every year. And if you don’t think it matters on the ground in the Middle East — well, you’d have to be blind
    3) State corruption in the Russian Federation and in the former republics of the USSR. Similar to the Middle East, although fortunately the States in question are rather more in control and we’re not talking tens of millions of internally displaced victims of extreme violence. Just a whole big ole passel of money going missing, that’s all.
    4) And so on. (I got bored)

    I will, on your behalf, stipulate:
    5) Microsoft. (Or Wintel, if you prefer). These people are just awful, my dear!

    Yeah, well. Maybe. But I’d rather be ripped off by Microsoft to the tune of $200 than mowed down by a goon with a Kalashnikov for no better reason than I was in the way of a real corrupt oligarchy.

    You, Robert, on the other hand. You do not care, do you?

    One interesting definition of a psychopath is that the psychopath cannot differentiate between different levels of pain, when that pain is felt by other people. Why? Because those levels of pain do not affect the psychopath. It isn’t happening to them. The difference is of no importance to them whatsoever.

    Given that definition, Robert, I’d have to say that you are being borderline psychopathic here.

    Let’s be honest, 15% of global GDP dwarfs whatever supposed damage that Microsoft does.

  4. oiaohm says:

    You might have noticed, btw, that practically any commercial transaction between government and industry has some sort of NDA slapped on it, on the basis of “commercial confidence.”
    Dr Loser its more interesting to look at where those are not. Level of NDA usage directly aligns to risk of Bribery and other illegal means. NDA that hide everything include the amount paid have a way higher risk for very bad things happening.

    There is NDA that protects businesses commercial interests but too much NDA also allows corrupt officials to hide that they are. The question is it possible to balance the business want for NDA against what is required to remain very corruption low in staff that still remains to be seen.

  5. Dr Loser says:

    I doubt it, Robert. It’s hardly a new request, is it?

    You might have noticed, btw, that practically any commercial transaction between government and industry has some sort of NDA slapped on it, on the basis of “commercial confidence.”

    Should you choose to broaden your present, pathetically narrow, horizons and attack this pernicious attitude of most (all?) Western Governments, then I am more than prepared to back you up.

    Laissez les belles fenetres ouvrier!

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