July, 2014

  • Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

     Posted by Matt Thomlinson
    Vice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft

    In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive progress on all of these fronts. 

    We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services. Our goal is to provide even greater protection for data across all the great Microsoft services you use and depend on every day. This effort also helps us reinforce that governments use appropriate legal processes, not technical brute force, if they want access to that data. 

    As part of that, today we’re announcing three important milestones that honor our commitments to security and increased transparency.

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  • Remembering the Third of July

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

    Amid the current public debates about government surveillance, this is a good day to step back and remember the Third of July.

    Of course, the first question you might ask is, what happened on the Third of July?

    Many Americans will recall, of course, that it was in Philadelphia at Independence Hall on July 2, 1776, that the colonies voted for their independence. And then it was two days later on July 4 that our Founders signed the Declaration of Independence.

    But on the day in between, on July 3, 1776, something interesting happened as well.

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  • Digital common sense: New survey shows Americans want a better privacy balance

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

    A new poll we’re releasing today shows it’s not just the Supreme Court that wants the right balance between public safety and the privacy concerns of technology users. The American public wants this as well.

    Since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Riley case last month, I’ve been blogging about the historic importance of its unanimous view that police need a warrant to search someone’s cell phone. The decision shifted the scales of justice in a profound way, in part because the Court noted that phones today are often a gateway to the email and pictures we now store in the cloud, and these deserve the same Constitutional protection we’ve traditionally had for things kept in our homes.

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  • #MSFTCOSO POV: From classroom to computer, students must be at the center of their learning environment

     Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere
    Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft

    The digital world offers students an abundance of resources and unlimited learning potential. Our largely one-size-fits-all approach to education and technology in the U.S., however, doesn’t seem to be working for today’s digital youth. Moreover, resources are not applied equitably across schools and classrooms. To help address these challenges, The Aspen Institute established a Task Force on Learning and the Internet, to understand the ways in which young people learn today, and to identify methods to expand educational opportunities online and off, inside and outside the classroom.

    After a year of collaboration, the group released its findings via a comprehensive report entitled “Learner at the Center of a Networked World.” The Task Force’s conclusions suggest a radical rethinking of the very approach to education is needed—starting with the core belief that students must be at the center of their learning. 

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