Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only

Tunis, Tunisia

The official online press service of WSIS is available for Microsoft users only. The password protected photos download facility of the WSIS press centre is customized for Microsoft only. The setup of the official media-service site was done so that no software other than Internet Explorer can be used. Thus, journalists using non-proprietary software are effectively prevented from using the official UN service. The service is supposed to be available to all journalists accredited for WSIS.
The official online press service of WSIS is available for Microsoft users only.

The password protected photos download facility of the WSIS press centre is customized for Microsoft only. The setup of the official media-service site was done so that no software other than Internet Explorer can be used. Thus, journalists using non-proprietary software are effectively prevented from using the official UN service. The service is supposed to be available to all journalists accredited for WSIS.

The responsible web officer at the ITU press centre stated to a complaining journalist that this was decided because "90% of the users work with Microsoft browsers anyway". Angry, he then walked out and refused further assistance.

The Head of ITU press service commented later that indeed the ITU website has been customized for Internet Explorer and it would be too time- and effort-consuming to change that.

However, she offered to check the issue as soon as the workload of her staff permits.

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