Reporting Back: Microsoft at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist Two weeks ago, I laid out some of the reasons I and a team of technology and issue experts from Microsoft were traveling to Copenhagen to support the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15). We’ve recently returned to Seattle, and we’re hopeful that reports that world leaders have finalized a climate change agreement as COP15 will ensure…


Interoperability: The Other Side of Our Settlement with the European Commission

  Posted by Dave HeinerVice President and Deputy General Counsel On Wednesday the European Commission announced its decision to approve a resolution of its long-running competition law inquiry concerning Microsoft.  Commissioner Kroes remarked that the decision has the potential to herald a “new, more positive” era in Microsoft’s relationship with the Commission.  We are obviously very pleased to…


Advancing Understanding Between the U.S. and China on Internet Issues

Posted by Pamela PassmanCorporate Vice President The Third U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum (“USCIIF”) concluded last week  in San Francisco, and we greatly appreciate all the contributions from American and Chinese participants as well as the positive feedback we have heard on the event.  We wanted to share a little bit of the thinking behind the USCIIF, and what…


Improving E-Government Interoperability–Beyond Technology

Posted by Steve Mutkoski Senior Standards Strategist Steve Mutkoski speaking at the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt While participating in e-Government panel discussions on three continents last month, I heard loudly that the impediments to effective e-Government interoperability are no longer primarily technical. Leading policymakers, practitioners and academics agreed that the real challenges today…


Using Technology to Advance the Fight against Global Poverty

Guest post by George Conard Executive Director, Technology for Microfinance Grameen Foundation Microfinance has grown tremendously in the last decade, moving from little NGOs working in tiny villages to large institutions providing loans, savings accounts and insurance to hundreds of thousands of poor women and men.  Grameen Bank in Bangladesh alone has more than seven million clients, while…


A Childhood for Every Child

Posted by Ernie AllenPresident & CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children For most of us, the word “childhood” conjures up thoughts of innocence and security. But for thousands of children, it is shrouded by darkness and pain, because of the vilest kind of sexual abuse and exploitation. And when that abuse is recorded and…


Global Development from the "other Washington"

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs (Cross-posted from The Huffington Post) Earlier this week the first annual Global Washington conference (a “Blueprint for Action”) brought together 300 individuals representing organizations from across Washington State that are focused on global development issues. The event, which was hosted on our campus in Redmond, WA, was keynoted by Nick Kristof…


Microsoft Settlement to Fund $60 Million for Eligible Public Schools in Iowa

Posted by Rich WallisDeputy General Counsel Hundreds of public schools in Iowa will soon begin receiving approximately $60 million for education technology as part of the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft in the state. Schools with a high percentage of students coming from low-income families are eligible to receive the funds, a provision Microsoft…


Microsoft and the FTC: A Continued Focus on Privacy (Update)

UPDATE: December 7, 2009 – 7:30 a.m. Pacific Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues The Federal Trade Commission’s roundtable series on “Exploring Privacy” begins today in Washington, D.C.   Microsoft Associate General Counsel Mike Hintze is participating in the first panel of the day, entitled “Benefits and Risks of Collecting, Retaining and Using Consumer Data.” …


Microsoft Applauds the Appointment of Victoria Espinel

Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Late Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Victoria Espinel as the first United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC).  Microsoft applauds this action and welcomes the opportunity to work with Ms. Espinel as she moves into her new role. The U.S. software industry has been an…