A soft line on hard choices?

Microsoft has been accused of complicity in aiding the Russian State to crack down on NGOs. In standing firm against software piracy, it appears to have provided help to the Russian police.

One interesting aspect of this story is that it concerns civil and political rights, rather than economic, social and cultural rights, with which companies are usually more closely connected.

The situation described by the New York Times shows that working with States requires constant vigilance and can present many ethical choices.

Microsoft has said that it will be reviewing theĀ situation.

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