Posted by Nancy Anderson Corporate Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel
This week the Obama Administration
released the nation’s first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property
Enforcement. Joining Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Intellectual
Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel in announcing the plan
were Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke. The plan demonstrates the Administration’s strong commitment
to protecting intellectual property and promoting job creation and
growth. Microsoft is pleased to support it.
As the Joint
Strategic Plan recognizes, “Intellectual property supports jobs across
all industries, and in particular where there is a high degree of
creativity, research and innovation.” A prime example is the software
industry, which has been a remarkable engine for jobs and economic growth. According to
Software Alliance, the software and related services sector
employed almost 2 million people in the United States in 2007, in jobs
that paid 195 percent of the average wage. The sector contributed more
than $261 billion to U.S. GDP in 2007, making it the largest of the U.S.
copyright industries, and its overseas earnings added a $37 billion
surplus to the U.S. balance of trade in 2009.
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.