Idaho the latest state to make computer science courses count toward high school graduation requirements

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Continuing the momentum we’ve seen across the country on computer science education, Idaho recently joined a growing number of states that allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. We applaud Idaho for taking this important step, which will help prepare students for…

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Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be able to get a visa to work in this country….

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Continuing our support for government surveillance reform

Posted by Frederick S. Humphries Jr.Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft People from around the world are increasingly coming together to call for increased reform of government surveillance, and Microsoft sees Tuesday’s effort as a broad demonstration of that growing momentum. At Microsoft, we believe further reform is essential for our customers, our company…

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A day of action to demand ECPA reform

Posted by Frederick S. Humphries Jr.Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft joined a nationwide day of action to call for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). We are asking Congress to codify what courts and service providers across the U.S. are already doing: require all law enforcement to…

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Microsoft, American Psychological Association team up on Skype in the classroom lessons on mental health

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft At the White House Conference on Mental Health earlier this year, President Obama urged Americans to focus on ways we can all work together to increase awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma often associated with seeking mental health care. In response to the White…

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Microsoft applauds release of Best Practice Guidelines for Ad Networks to Address Piracy and Counterfeiting

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Today, we released Best Practice Guidelines for Ad Networks to Address Piracy and Counterfeiting. The Best Practices represent an important step in addressing the problem of display advertisements that appear on websites dedicated to copyright piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods. Microsoft – along with other…

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U.S. issues annual Special 301 report on intellectual property rights

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued its “Special 301” report. This annual review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement around the world identifies both the progress and continuing challenges that exist with respect to IPR enforcement. In an…


Investing in American Innovation and the Next Generation

Editor’s Note: The following post from Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs Fred Humphries was originally published on the Computer Science Education Week Blog on Dec. 11. Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft The United States is facing a growing challenge that impacts American competitiveness and the opportunities available to the…


Praise for Senate Vote on Trade Bill

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft welcomes today’s vote in the Senate to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Russia and Moldova. We look forward to President Obama’s signature on this important legislation. The Russian Federation and Moldova are already Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and today’s action…

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Statement on Hill Action on STEM Jobs Act of 2012

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft All the signs are pointing toward a growing consensus – high-skilled immigration is critical to our nation’s economic recovery. Now is the time to act on high-skilled immigration reform to further drive this recovery. Through government data, academic research and the frontline experience of companies across…

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