Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
Yesterday, Brad Smith, Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft spoke at the University of Washington’s Distinguished Lecture Series about the significant role Computer Science is playing in shaping the future of our global economy.
While the United States faces a growing economic challenge – a substantial and increasing shortage of individuals with the skills needed to fill the new jobs the private sector is creating – supporting the next generation is critical to our nation’s long-term competitiveness and economic growth.
Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
This week, I had the opportunity to speak in Uruguay at the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. This conference brings together leading authorities on privacy from more than 50 countries, including many of the key government officials and regulators responsible for privacy policies around the world. It provides a great opportunity to engage in a dialogue about one of the most important topics facing our industry today. The theme of the conference was “Privacy and Technology in Balance,” a theme that describes well both the challenge we face and how we think about the goal.
In my remarks, I focused on a few key questions. First, does privacy still matter? And second, how has technology changed the nature of privacy? I also talked about the way we all need to come together – the technology industry, advertisers, government, publishers and others – to shape a thoughtful and consistent approach to privacy that respects the needs and expectations of consumers while balancing the many other benefits that today’s technology and use of data can provide.
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a monthly series from Microsoft called “The View from Washington State”. The View from Washington State will provide insight and commentary on topics and trends of importance to technology, education, corporate citizenship and public policy in Washington State.
Posted by Jane BroomDirector of Community Affairs, Microsoft
Last month, Microsoft unveiled a strategy for closing the growing gap between the skills of the US workforce and those required by employers in an information-driven economy.
That gap exists here in Washington. Our state ranks in the top five in the New Economy Index, placing us firmly at the forefront of the nation’s movement toward a global, innovation-based new economy. However, Washington currently ranks 38th in the nation in bachelor’s degrees awarded per capita.
Today, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Microsoft’s Brad Smith urging lawmakers to pursue a “race to the future” approach to secure U.S. competitiveness and growth. Building on Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy released last month, Brad makes the case and outlines strategies to improve the education and immigration system, which will strengthen our economy and job opportunities for the next generation.
To read Brad’s op-ed, click here (Note: Wall Street Journal content is behind a paywall). For more on Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy proposal, click here.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
Lottery scams, advance-fee fraud, phishing attacks and fake anti-virus alerts. These are just a few ways criminals are attempting to gain access to your personal information to steal money, and impersonate you or hijack your good name. On average, adults in the U.S. have been exposed to eight different types of online scams, according to a new Microsoft survey. Learn to better protect yourself and fight back during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).