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…


Envisioning cyberspace in 2025

Posted by J. Paul NicholasSenior Director, Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy, Microsoft On Monday, Microsoft released a new report entitled “Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain” that looks beyond today’s technological trends to anticipate future catalysts for change in cyberspace. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data and cybersecurity loom large on today’s—and tomorrow’s—agenda….


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…