Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin receiving H-1B petitions filed by employers across America looking to secure the talents of some of the world’s brightest minds.
Companies like Microsoft—who employ significant numbers of American workers and generate high-paying jobs both directly and indirectly—need to be able to meet their personnel needs with top talent to continue innovating and competing at the highest levels.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
Dan Bross, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft, sat down recently with Marcel Bucsescu, Manager of Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board, to talk about the goals of the newly-formed Committee on Corporate Political Spending, of which Microsoft is a member.
During the interview, Dan covered Microsoft’s political reporting principles, commitment to stakeholder dialogue, open disclosure on trade association engagement and the importance of corporate governance and transparency in political giving by corporations. On May 15, Dan will speak at the Conference Board Corporate Political Spending Conference in Washington, D.C. as part of Microsoft’s ongoing engagement in this important dialogue.
Posted by Jason AlbertAssociate General Counsel for IP Policy & Strategy, Microsoft
Today, Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, together with John Bryson, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and David Kappos, the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, released Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus. This report is notable for what it shows about the role IP plays in driving U.S. jobs and economic growth.
Posted by Dan ReedCorporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft
Around the world, the demand for broadband is booming. This presents great opportunities, but also some challenges. Broadband fuels economic growth and enriches peoples’ lives, but unprecedented traffic levels mean the world’s communications networks are becoming increasingly congested. This is especially true for wireless networks, which use finite spectrum resources. (I discussed the implications of this in a blog post on Microsoft on the Issues last June).
Fortunately, solutions to these challenges are within reach. Governments, academics and companies have come together to develop and demonstrate technologies that use spectrum more efficiently, thereby reducing wireless network congestion. Today marks the successful completion of a 10-month trial in Cambridge, England using “TV white spaces” spectrum.
Posted by Steve LippmanDirector, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
Issues of forced labor and human trafficking for labor have gained increasing attention, as well they should. Earlier this month, a leading international agency – The International Organization for Migration – reported that it handled 43 percent more labor trafficking cases in 2011 than just three years before.
This spring, I have had the opportunity to join several discussions between law enforcement officials, policy makers, human rights advocates, and businesses on ways to share information and resources to help tackle the problem of labor trafficking and forced labor.