Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the online sales tax debate, online education, wireless spectrum and more.
Reshaping online education. In this July 20 post on his Taking Note blog, veteran NPR and PBS education reporter John Merrow explores the pros and cons of massive online open courses (MOOCs), noting what he calls a “solid overview” by The New York Times on the subject. “Today many of the nation’s leading universities are involved in one or more of the online learning efforts, pioneered by MIT and Harvard several years ago. Here’s a partial list: Duke, Johns Hopkins, Cal Tech, Michigan, Princeton and Rice.” Merrow writes, adding, “Many questions remain unanswered: How will students receive credit? How much will courses cost? What’s to prevent cheating?”
Welcome to The Week in Tech Policy, a new weekly roundup that highlights interesting news in key policy that affect the tech industry.
Technology is an ever-evolving business, and each week there are plenty of interesting policy-related developments that affect our industry. Our goal is to bring you an easy to digest summary each week of the developments that we think are interesting, or that you may have missed. Visit Microsoft on the Issues every Monday at 6 a.m. to quickly get caught up. We’ll bring you stories from all around the Web on a diverse set of topics including intellectual property, corporate citizenship, high-skilled immigration, education, privacy and more.
In this, the premier edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on standard essential patents, digital copyright issues, education and more.
Posted by John SeethoffVice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
This week, the Governance and Nominating Committee of Microsoft’s board of directors published its annual governance letter to shareholders.
Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a new monthly series from Microsoft’s Citizenship team called “Pulse on Citizenship,” which will appear at 6 a.m. PT on the second Wednesday of every month. Pulse on Citizenship will provide insight and commentary on topics and trends in corporate citizenship.
Posted by Steve LippmanDirector, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft
The Internet gains approximately eight new users every second. Sitting in the Corporate Citizenship team of a large public company like Microsoft, it sometimes feels that there’s a similar rate of growth in the number of global corporate responsibility ratings, certifications and voluntary codes and initiatives. This is an exaggeration of course, but it’s worth noting that the think tank SustainAbility conducted an inventory of corporate responsibility ratings two years ago, which found 108 separate ratings, of which only 21 had existed in 2000. In my experience, the number of ratings has only increased in the two years since that inventory.
In many ways, that’s great news. It demonstrates the growing recognition of the importance of corporate social responsibility among a wide range of groups, including institutional investors, government policymakers, the media and customers. It provides a wealth of opportunities for feedback, learning and collaborative partnerships between companies and their important stakeholders.
Posted by Mike EganDirector of Government Affairs, Microsoft
Yesterday, Microsoft Political Action Committee partnered with CityClub of Seattle to host a public debate on our Redmond campus among the candidates running for the 1st Congressional District seat in Washington. Because the district is home both to Microsoft’s headquarters and to many of our employees, we thought it important to provide a forum for our employees and the public to hear from the candidates directly and engage in a discussion around the topics that matter to them most.
Candidates are competing to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Jay Inslee, who is currently running for governor against Attorney General Rob McKenna. They include Steve Hobbs (D), John Koster (R), Darshan Rauniyar (D) and three former Microsoft employees, Darcy Burner (D), Suzan DelBene (D) and Laura Ruderman (D). Issues discussed by the candidates ranged from their ability to work across party lines, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the DREAM Act and immigration reform, Social Security eligibility reform, raising taxes on high-income individuals, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens’ United ruling, charter schools, marriage equality and the timetable for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, among others.