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The iPad goes to Europe

Now it comes that the iPad will arrive to Europe, but not in the way one could imagine. Someone at the European Parliament had a terrific idea: give an iPad to each MEP in order to make some sort of “mobile offices” for them. The joke would be about 5 million euros, which at last should come from euro-citizen’s pockets.

Having in mind that the iPad is a defective device by its own design, spending 5 million euros in such thing should be seen as embezzlement.
iPad, due to Digital Restriction Management systems, is a restricted device in which can be only installed those apps permitted by Apple, and with the last news in memory, one should not trust on them. Last cases are Apple killing one of the best RSS reading apps ever, Pulse News Reader, on demand by The New York Time, and the covered censorship of content under the disguise of the fight against porn.

Apple controls absolutely everything that can be installed on an iPad, and also controls absolutely avery content a user can store, read, see or hear on it., by the fact that such content can only be accesed through iTunes, Apple’s own shop.

Such a device, the use of it depending only from the corporation who makes it, can not be a device for european parliamentarians. It can not be that Apple, a private north-american corporation, could access to European Parliament’s documentation, a public institution elected by european citizens. There is absolutely no justification for it: it can not be. Period.

Catalan MEP Raül Romeva (Greens), in an article published also by the Asociación de Internautas, explains and extends this case, telling us the example of MEPs being unable to install any software by their own without having to ask permission to IT guys, or the lack of Wi-Fi access within the Parliament’s building.

Without any doubt, solving this problems is infinitely a priority over buying 796 new, but useless, devices. And solving those to issues would solve the “mobile office” problem which gave place to the proposal. More over, what’s an iPad for without Wi-Fi access in the Parliament? Or should we pay more for all those 736 associated data plans?

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