14 September 2010

RU - Microsoft Changes Policy Over Russian Crackdown

(New York Times)
Microsoft announced sweeping changes to ensure that the authorities in Russia and elsewhere do not use crackdowns on software piracy as an excuse to suppress advocacy or opposition groups, effectively prohibiting its lawyers from taking part in such cases. The company was responding to criticism that it had supported tactics to clamp down on dissent. see also Above the Law - Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent and Microsoft blog.