||The Strange Case of the Disappearing Open Source Vendors|
|Subject:||Direct Microsoft Lobbying Probably Not a Factor|
After hearing privately by email from lots of people working with open source in government, I think I've come around to the view expressed by Paul Robichaux. Paul argues that the speakers who had trouble because of speaking at our conference were most likely affected by government bureaucrats who don't like their employees speaking out without permission from their superiors, rather than by direct Microsoft lobbying. As Paul put it, the mandate is "shut up and get back to work."
In short, as one person put it: "The Cluetrain notwithstanding, most organizations greatly disapprove of their employees making position statements that have not been given executive approval." If this is true in corporate America, it seems to be doubly true in government offices. (ClueTrain Manifesto here.)