March, 2012

  • Microsoft PhotoDNA Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight Child Pornography

    Posted by Bill Harmon
    Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

    The scale of the online child pornography problem and the amount of data associated with these types of investigations is massive. This is why we are proud to announce that we are partnering with NetClean to make our Microsoft PhotoDNA image matching technology available to law enforcement at no cost to help enhance their child sex abuse investigations – empowering them to more efficiently identify and rescue victims and bring abusers to justice.

    Since 2002, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has reviewed more than 65 million images and videos of child sexual exploitation reported by law enforcement. The images continue to grow increasingly violent and the victims younger, with 10 percent of the images reviewed by NCMEC today being infants and toddlers who can’t tell anyone about their abuse. When child pornography images are shared and viewed amongst predators online, it is not simply the distribution of objectionable content – it is community rape of a child. These crimes turn a single horrific moment of sexual abuse of a child into an unending series of violations of that child.

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  • Privacy for Today’s Technology: Putting People First

    Posted by Brad Smith
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

    One of the most important policy discussions emerging this year is the effort to update privacy laws in Europe and the United States. This is welcome news. Key laws governing privacy and security on both sides of the Atlantic have not been overhauled in a significant manner for two to three decades, yet technology – and society – has changed dramatically.

    This morning I spoke at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Global Privacy Summit about these efforts. At Microsoft, we support the work here in the U.S. and in Europe to update privacy laws to reflect changes in technology, and the many new and different ways people and organizations gather and use information.

     

    Brad Smith
    Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith speaking at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 8.

     

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  • Microsoft Praises Passage of Education Reform in Washington State

    Posted by Jane Broom
    Director of Community Affairs, Microsoft

    Jane Broom
    Jane Broom

    When he launched the Race to the Top competition in 2009, President Obama sparked urgency in state legislatures across the country to adopt accountability measures in their public education systems. States that ignored the president’s call not only risked falling behind states that did implement performance-based standards, but they also risked not qualifying for greater federal investment in their public schools – potentially setting them even farther behind.

    Race to the Top prompted Washington State to take action and adopt a few of the recommended policies, but it wasn’t enough to qualify for federal grant funds. At a time when our state budget is being stretched in many directions, it was disappointing not to receive these additional federal dollars. But more distressing was the continued slow pace of our state’s adoption of proven, student-centered policies putting student success as the single most important outcome against which our entire education community – policymakers, businesses and schools – is measured.

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  • Security Starts with the Right Information, at the Right Time

    Posted by Mark Whittington
    General Manager, Worldwide Public Safety & National Security, Microsoft

    Effective information delivery for both proactive and reactive response is one of the most frequent challenges I encounter across our industry. Sharing critical, real-time situational awareness is crucial for government agencies, and in particular public safety and law enforcement agencies around the world to succeed at their missions. Something as seemingly simple as linking two data points to a place on a map can provide the puzzle piece that thwarts a terrorist attack or warns a neighborhood in time to evacuate before flash floods hit.

    Global corporations can face similar security challenges to those of nations, working to get the right information into the hands of those who can help secure or protect a company. Microsoft has invested heavily in securing our people, our facilities and our assets. Today at the Worldwide Public Safety Symposium, we announced we’re implementing our new data visualization and analysis technology across our three Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCs).

    Visual Command Center connects to Microsoft’s internal data stores to visualize Microsoft facilities as blue icons on this map.
    Visual Command Center connects to Microsoft’s internal data stores to visualize Microsoft facilities as blue icons on this map.

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  • Educating the Next Generation to Compete

    Posted by Fred Humphries
    Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft

    Fred Humphries
    Fred Humphries

    As our country continues to rebound from the global economic crisis, more and more attention is being paid to our future – and in particular the future of the next generation. Will they have the tools and resources they need to succeed in a 21st century economy?

    The challenges facing youth vary from community to community, but a fundamental challenge is emerging across the world. While some young people are thriving and succeeding in the classroom and out, others are struggling because they lack the education, skills or opportunities they need to succeed.

    On March 27, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic, will host a live digital town hall discussion with influential thought leaders on how we can address this opportunity divide to ensure that today’s generation can compete in tomorrow’s world.

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  • The Atlantic & Microsoft to Hold LIVE March 27 Digital Town Hall on Educating the Next Generation of Americans to Compete

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    Join The Atlantic and Microsoft for a live digital town hall discussion on how to educate the next generation of Americans to compete in the 21st century economy at 8:45 a.m. ET on March 27. In the video below, Fred Humphries, Microsoft's vice president of U.S. government affairs, talks about tomorrow's panel and what will be discussed at the town hall:

    Top policymakers, academics and business leaders will share their thoughts on how we can provide students with the skills they need to keep America competitive and improve economic opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce.

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  • Microsoft Chats with International Youth Foundation CEO ahead of Digital Town Hall on the Opportunity Divide

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    Yesterday, Microsoft had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Bill Reese, president and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help young people prepare to be healthy, productive and engaged citizens.

    During his interview, Bill spoke about the role education plays in helping to improve the lives of youth all around the world as well as the Opportunity for Action report, which focuses on barriers to opportunity for global youth.

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  • Microsoft’s Brad Smith Participates in Digital Town Hall on Jobs and Educating the Next Generation to Compete

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    Earlier today, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic, held a digital town hall at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The town hall focused on jobs and how to educate the next generation to compete in the 21st century economy.

    Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president of Legal & Corporate Affairs, participated in the town hall, which was moderated by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff. After the program, Brad took a few moments to discuss the town hall and the Microsoft-commissioned International Youth Foundation report issued earlier today.

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  • Digital Town Hall Wrap Up with AtlanticLIVE’s Steve Clemons

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    Yesterday, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic, held a digital town hall at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The town hall focused on jobs and how to educate the next generation to compete in the 21st century economy.

    During the town hall, AtlanticLIVE Editor-in-Chief Steve Clemons moderated a panel on re-thinking higher education in America. He also took a few minutes to discuss the town hall and the challenges facing young people today as they enter the work force over the next several years.

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