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MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group

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In a case of strange political timing, governor-elect Deval Patrick announced 15 transition team working groups the day before Thanksgiving, while most people were leaving their offices and homes early for the holiday. In that announcement, Patrick named 200 people to a wide variety of advisory groups covering topics as diverse as healthcare and civic engagement. One of these committees is intended to advise the governor on the technology needs of the state government.

Most of the eight people on that group were not a surprise.

Oh yes. And one person from a major, out of state software company. Say what?

That person is Brian Burke, the Microsoft Regional Director for Public Affairs, and if that surprises you, it surprises me as well, given the degree of acrimonious debate and disinformation witnessed in Massachusetts over the last 15 months involving the Information Technology Division's transition to ODF.
What does that bode for the future of ODF in Massachusetts?

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