August, 2011

  • Extending Microsoft’s Support for Veterans Entering the Workforce

    Posted by Curt Kolcun
    Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft

    Today, I had the honor of representing Microsoft as President Barack Obama discussed the administration’s ongoing commitment to fostering opportunities to help prepare the nation’s veterans for their transition to the civilian workforce.

    We applaud the President for continuing to draw attention to this very important issue, supporting veterans, as they move from the military to civilian life, and ensuring they are fully supported and see great success along the way.

    Microsoft also understands the need in this area. In response, we will step up our existing efforts. We will expand our Elevate America veterans initiative by partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor to distribute 10,000 technology training and certification packages to veterans.

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  • Protecting Data: A Role for Corporate Privacy Programs

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Leslie Harris, President and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology.

    Last Friday, I had the pleasure of moderating the inaugural panel of Microsoft’s new “Conversations on Privacy” series in Washington.

    I was joined by FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch , Intuit CPO Barb Lawler and privacy expert Peter Swire of Ohio State University to discuss comprehensive privacy programs (aka “accountability programs”) and the role such programs play in efforts by the nation’s biggest brands to secure data and build consumer trust.

    The hallmark of the accountability approach is a move beyond simple compliance with privacy rules to a focus on data stewardship: rigorous attention to privacy in all processes that touch consumer data and in the design of new products and services. On the front end, innovative tools such as privacy impact assessments and privacy enhancing technologies help to identify and mitigate risk. And on the back end, monitoring and auditing ensure that privacy promises are honored.

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