Microsoft panel explores the policy implications of intelligent systems

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 16, Microsoft convened a panel of academic researchers working at the confluence of the technology, humanity and policy aspects of intelligent systems at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The intergenerational conversation brought together professors and their students to explore the implications…


New success in protecting customer rights unsealed today

Successful challenge of National Security Letter protects longstanding policy of notifying enterprise customers if a government requests their data Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, a federal court in Seattle unsealed documents related to an FBI National Security Letter that Microsoft successfully challenged in court…


Join Microsoft for May 21 town hall event ‘A New America: How Millennials Are Sparking Change’

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On May 21, Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic will host the final town hall in our series, “A New America: How Millennials Are Sparking Change,” at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. We are excited to conclude our conversation on the opportunities…


Microsoft convenes panel on how the Internet of Things can build sustainable 21st century cities

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 14, leading public and private sector experts on data and sustainability gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to address how cities can leverage technology to offer new services to their citizens, optimize the efficiency of existing services and improve the…


One step closer to TV white spaces access and preserving the open Internet

Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission established a portion of the regulatory framework necessary to foster the development of a commercial domestic market for unlicensed devices operating in the TV white spaces as part of its Report and Order that makes television broadcast frequencies in the…


‘Who Has Your Back?’ – Electronic Frontier Foundation gives Microsoft 6/6 Stars on privacy approach to government data access

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its fourth annual report rating technology companies on their efforts to protect customer data from the government. “Who Has Your Back?” reflects the EFF’s thorough review of the practices and policies of each company against specific criteria. This year, Microsoft…


Using wireless technology innovation to enable cloud-connected experiences in Ghana and beyond

Posted by Paul GarnettDirector, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft I’m in Accra, Ghana, attending the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit, where we are announcing new TV white spaces pilots on four continents, including our newest project in Koforidua, Ghana. TV white spaces, the unused frequencies in the wireless spectrum band dedicated to television, are widely seen…


Building trust in personal data ecosystems

Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Editor’s Note: The World Economic Forum released three reports today as part of its Rethinking Personal Data initiative. Microsoft is on the Steering Board of this multi-year effort to explore frameworks for the use of personal data in order to improve transparency, accountability and empowerment for…


New whitepaper details how Latin America can benefit from the cloud while protecting data

Posted by Suzanne ChoneyMicrosoft News Center Staff A new whitepaper, “Facilitando the Cloud: Data Protection Regulation as a Driver of National Competitiveness for Latin America,” was made available by Microsoft Wednesday as part of the Government Leaders Forum – Latin America and the Caribbean. The whitepaper describes a framework of policies to maximize the opportunities…


Silicon Valley Gives crowdfunds to support hundreds of nonprofits

Posted by Dan'l LewinCorporate Vice President, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft One of my passions is looking at ways technology can help solve real problems and create new opportunities for people. I oversee Microsoft’s Silicon Valley operations. Our 2,800 employees in the area have helped to define our strong presence in the community since the…