Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist
Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force is seeking comments and holding meetings with Internet
stakeholders about “the impact of current privacy laws in the United
States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information
economy.” The Department intends to issue a report that will likely
help shape the Administration’s policy engagement on Internet privacy.
Interest in privacy issues is more intense than ever because of the
world’s growing reliance on online interactions, the pervasive use of
mobile devices, the ubiquity of social networking and the rise of cloud
nature of the Internet as various jurisdictions come into play. Yet we
must get this right. As the Department noted in its request for
comments: “Proper use of personal information can play a critical,
value-added role, so establishing consumer trust and assuring
flexibility for innovators is vital.” We agree that it’s important to
identify policies that will help ensure “public confidence necessary for
full citizen participation with the Internet.”
Posted by Caroline Curtin Policy Counsel, U.S.
Yesterday the U.S. Senate proclaimed June as
National Internet Safety month, part of a nationwide effort to raise
public awareness of potential online threats.
we’re continually looking for new ways to share online safety tips and
tools with parents and children. Recently we worked with the nation’s
largest school system – the New York City Department of Education – to
develop a four-part Internet safety video called Clicking with Caution. The video series will be
distributed to all NYC middle-school students this week.
especially excited about this safety video because it was produced by
teens for teens. ReelWorks, a New York City-based company that mentors
teens in the art of filmmaking, produced the documentary-style videos,
which focus on online awareness, online predators, cyber-bullying and
smart gaming. As the students in the video explain during a classroom
discussion about online safety, kids know more about the Internet than
adults do, in some ways, though they may not understand the risks.
Posted by Caroline Curtin Policy Counsel, U.S. Government
A broad-based group representing the technology industry, public
interest groups, and the federal government has released a report—“Youth
Safety on a Living Internet”—that exploresindustry efforts to make the Internet a safer place
The Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) was
established by the Broadband Data Improvement Act. Passed by Congress in
2008, the legislation directed the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration to create the OSTWG in order to examine
industry efforts to promote online safety and evaluate the development
of parental control technologies.
I participated on Microsoft’s behalf—along with more than 30 child
safety experts from the public and private sectors—in the OSTWG meetings
over the last year.
I learned many things during my year with the OSTWG, but one meeting
particularly stands out. We invited middle and high school students from
Washington, D.C. schools to talk about their experiences on the
Internet. Students expressed genuine concern for their “digital
reputations” and how unintended consequences of the pictures they post
and messages they leave on social networks could potentially affect
their ability to get into college or attain a job.
Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global
Corporate Affairsand Ravi Singh CEO of
The 2008 presidential election showed how powerful the Internet has
become in modern politics. From raising money to communicating with
constituents to organizing staff, cloud computing is enabling incredible
opportunities and efficiencies. Candidates are increasingly
using social media tools like Twitter to communicate directly with
voters, and Facebook recently launched a new U.S. Politics on Facebook
Page where people can track campaign and political activity
occurring on the social networking site. To help campaigns of
all sizes leverage the power of the Web, ElectionMall.com and
Microsoft have partnered to create Campaign
Cloud, a customizable platform of technologies that simplifies the
process of building and maintaining an online political presence.