The privacy week that was

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Over time, privacy protection has advanced in key moments. These have involved judges and advocates who appreciated new technologies and found ways to ensure privacy prevailed in a changing world. This week’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in the case…

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Microsoft CTO for US Education Cameron Evans: A call for better tech integration in classrooms

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. Education, has an opinion piece posted on eSchool News. In the piece, he questions the impact technology has had in education, and provides ideas for how teachers can incorporate technology into their curriculum in unique ways that meet academic…

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Singapore leads the way on TV white spaces regulation

Posted by Jessica TanManaging Director, Microsoft Singapore On Monday, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, known as TV white spaces (TVWS). Radio spectrum is, more than ever, being identified by policy makers as a key asset in developing the…

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White House highlights value of partnership in cybersecurity regulation

Editor’s Note: The following post is from J. Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy at Microsoft and Cristin Goodwin, Senior Attorney, Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. The 2013 Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO) set forth the U.S. Government’s two-phase approach to strengthening critical infrastructure cybersecurity. In the first phase, the…

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Enhancing learning while protecting safety and privacy

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Over the past year, revelations of government surveillance, highly publicized data breaches and other stories of private information being leaked have dominated the media. More revealing than the stories themselves is the public’s impassioned response to them, demonstrating that there is still a basic expectation among Americans of…

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Why the CLS Bank case matters

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the Alice v. CLS Bank, reaffirming that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection. The Court correctly distinguished Alice’s invalid business method patents from valid patents that advance technology….

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Microsoft to introduce features to protect Windows Phone users

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Over recent months, Microsoft has been working with others in the wireless industry to develop voluntary principles for implementing more robust theft-deterrent technologies in smartphones. As a result of this work, Microsoft signed on to CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment in April, and today we are…

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New Zealanders’ online safety concerns reflected in proposed legislation

Posted by Delight RobertsSenior Online Safety Strategist, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Online safety issues and concerns are universal yet have geographical relevance. I recently spent seven weeks on temporary assignment to Netsafe, New Zealand’s premier Internet safety organization. What I heard time and again from colleagues, parents, regulators and the general New Zealand public was that…

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Making the Microsoft Services Agreement even easier for people to understand

Posted by Ryan GavinGeneral Manager of Search, Cloud and Content, Microsoft As I’ve written about in the past, one of the things we are very focused on at Microsoft is making sure people have a great experience across all of our apps and services. Whether it’s providing one easy place to store all of your favorite…

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Unfinished business on government surveillance reform

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft In the year since news reports surfaced about U.S. government surveillance practices, a lot has changed. And there even have been some initial positive reforms. We all want to live in a safe and secure world and governments – including the…