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…


EU privacy authorities approve Microsoft cloud contracts

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Thursday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced that the European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law. "This…

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Time for an international convention on government access to data

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. We appreciate the steps the President announced, which represent positive progress on key issues including…

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Microsoft participates in U.S. News and World Report Hospital of Tomorrow Conference

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues This week, Michael Robinson, Microsoft’s vice president of U.S. Health and Life Sciences, participated in the U.S. News and World Report Hospital of Tomorrow Conference held in Washington, D.C. The event gave Robinson the opportunity to connect with many leading hospital executives and health care visionaries to…

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Student Privacy Should Not Be for Sale

Posted by Cameron EvansNational & Chief Technology Officer of U.S. Education, Microsoft How would you react if you learned that an outside agency came to your child’s school and, without your knowledge or consent, collected confidential data about your child and then used the data they gathered to make money for themselves? Would you be…

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Research as a Service: Cloud Computing Accelerates Scientific Discovery

Posted by Dennis GannonDirector of Cloud Research Strategy, Microsoft Research Over the past two years, we have seen growing interest from the scientific community in using public clouds for research. As part of the original Cloud Research Engagement Initiative in 2010, Microsoft partnered with funding agencies all over the world to award more than 75…


Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through Partnerships

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft One of the profound privileges of my job is that, every year around this same time, we host the Partners in Learning Global forum – this is the Olympics of innovative education. All of the participants (nearly 500 educators from more than 80 countries) are remarkable,…


Why Cloud Computing Is Efficient Computing

Posted by Josh HenretigDirector, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Over the weekend, the New York Times began publishing a series that looks at the environmental and local economic impacts of cloud computing. We’ve posted our perspective on these issues on the Global Foundation Services blog. We may not agree with all of the conclusions that the Times…

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Pulse on Citizenship: Addressing the Changing Nonprofit IT Landscape at 2012 NetHope Summit

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a monthly series from Microsoft’s Citizenship team that appears at 6 a.m. PT on the second Wednesday of every month. Pulse on Citizenship provides insight and commentary on topics and trends in corporate citizenship. Posted by James RooneyProgram Manager, Technology for Good, Microsoft In less than a month,…


Why Cloud Customers Can’t Ignore Model Clauses, Especially Now

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft This week privacy authorities from all 27 European Union member states adopted a long-awaited Opinion clarifying what companies must do to safeguard the private information of Europe’s citizens when these companies use cloud services. Known as the Article 29 Working Party,…