Groklaw shutting down in May
Posted Apr 10, 2011 17:44 UTC (Sun) by spaetz
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I received the Economist Group's EU Campaigner of the Year Award in 2005.
The one you initially declined and returned as it seems to have been sponsored and potentially influenced by Microsoft? :-) Yes, I remember that.
From your mail (
Initially, I accepted the category award, not enthusiastically but because I did not want to cause any impression of an emotional overreaction by immediately declining it.[...] Before the photograph, I gave the award trophy back to Mr. Dennis Landsbert-Noon, the publisher of the European Voice, and left.[...]
In his acceptance speech, he [Rocard, a MEP] mentioned Microsofts sponsorship of the EV50 awards several times.[...]
Mr. Rocard could additionally have mentioned that Burson-Marsteller, a PR and lobbying firm with offices in many cities including Brussels, counts Microsoft (as well as other corporations with a similar position on software patents) among its clients. Burson-Marsteller was involved in the organization of the EV50.
I told Mr. Landsbert-Noon that I had, after serious consideration, 'decided not to accept the award', and that I will issue further statements after obtaining legal advice.
It has been called unhelpful zig-zag behavior
I know you accepted it a month later despite you saying that you think it's unlikely the voting was representative
All in all, one would be hard-pressed to find a plausible explanation for the outcome of the EV50 vote. There are some theoretical answers, but they arent too likely. The organizers decided that total intransparency is in their best interest, so were left in the dark as to what exactly happened.
Unfortunately, your slashdot journal has been deleted (OMG, slashdot censorship??!?), so I could not link to the original source. Mmh, seems like a great achievement to me.
SCNR, I'll stop now.
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