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  • Blog Post: Microsoft applauds US NTIA’s transition of key Internet domain name functions

    Posted by David Tennenhouse Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases 2013 Law Enforcement Requests Report

    Posted by John Frank Deputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, we published our most recent Law Enforcement Requests Report , which details the number of legal demands for customer data we received from law enforcement agencies around the world...
  • Blog Post: The key to a secure cyberspace: Speed and resilience

    Posted by Mark Williams Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Federal Organizations of all types today face a daily and growing assault from nation states, lone actors and organized crime. The effects of a cyber-attack can be as far-reaching, troublesome and significant as physical attacks, and can make...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Politico present Fourth Annual State Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C.

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On Feb. 21, four governors and approximately 150 policy thought-leaders joined us at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center for the fourth annual State Solutions Conference with Politico , previewing the National Governors Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Continuing our support for government surveillance reform

    Posted by Frederick S. Humphries Jr. Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft People from around the world are increasingly coming together to call for increased reform of government surveillance, and Microsoft sees Tuesday’s effort as a broad demonstration of that growing momentum...
  • Blog Post: Providing additional transparency on US government requests for customer data

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today we are updating our transparency reporting to provide new information relating to governmental demands for customer data. Beginning last summer, Microsoft, Google, and other companies...
  • Blog Post: Hiring America’s Heroes: Microsoft testifies on helping veterans transition to civilian careers

    Posted by Bill Kamela Policy Counsel, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On Tuesday, Microsoft will present testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives committee highlighting best practices in hiring and retaining veterans in private sector jobs. Sean Kelley, senior staffing director, Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Time for an international convention on government access to data

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. We appreciate the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Supports Moving Forward on Privacy

    Posted by Frank Torres Director of Consumer Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft has long encouraged Congress to pass a robust law to protect consumers’ privacy. In a letter sent to Capitol Hill this week , Microsoft and other companies express support for a bill, HR 5777, proposed by Congressman Bobby...
  • Blog Post: A Giant Step for Workforce Training Collaboration

    Posted by Andrea L. Taylor Director, North America Community Affairs Last week the White House announced the inaugural grants of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) that included the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), as one of 11 award recipients. The two-year, $7.7 million award will fund an...
  • Blog Post: Partnering for higher education excellence in Washington State

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel Governor Gregoire has created a new Higher Education Task Force and asked me to serve as its chair. In keeping with the task force approach, our group is scheduled to meet four times this summer and early fall to develop a long-term strategic...
  • Blog Post: Partnering with the White House on “Educate to Innovate”

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Pamela Passman, Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Today, President Obama is announcing “Educate to Innovate,” a national initiative aimed at inspiring students to develop the science,...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 20th Edition

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we’ve included stories on making political donations via wireless texting, spectrum sharing, post-secondary financial aid and jobs data and more. Federal Election Commission clears the way for...
  • Blog Post: Paving the Way for Ubiquitous, Affordable, High-Capacity Broadband

    Posted by Paula Boyd Regulatory Counsel Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to the ideal of an all-inclusive nation that remedied not only racial inequality, but also economic inequality. In today’s tech-centric society, ensuring widespread access to high capacity broadband has become...
  • Blog Post: Constructing an Information Age Model for Federal Cybersecurity

    Posted by Scott Charney Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing As I blogged last month , the increasing quantity and sophistication of cyber attacks requires a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure and sensitive data. Today I had an...
  • Blog Post: Government Leaders Celebrate Imagine Cup Successes

    More and more government officials are recognizing that, for their country or region to thrive, they need to foster local innovation. And to do so, they are increasingly looking to students – especially those studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – as the key to success...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces support for Code for America at Seattle event

    Posted by Dan Kasun Senior Director, Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism Over the past weekend, Microsoft announced support for Code for America at a dinner event in Seattle attended by Tim O’Reilly , CEO of O’Reilly Media, as well as local officials like Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn...
  • Blog Post: One Year of Health-Care Reform: Fixing the Core Problems or Symptoms?

    Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from The Washington Post Health Care Rx blog , which periodically asks Peter Neupert and a panel of other experts to weigh-in on efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.) Will all of this year...
  • Blog Post: A Tale of Two Cities: Prepare, Respond, Rebuild

    Posted by Orlando Ayala Corporate Vice President, Chairman Emerging Markets This week in Cartagena, Colombia, Microsoft along with the Colombian Government is hosting the first National Security Leaders Forum . The event brings together leaders in the public and private sector to discuss helping transform...
  • Blog Post: The Nexus between Privacy and Responsible Innovation

    Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce is holding a symposium in Washington, D.C. to examine the important nexus between privacy and innovation in the online world. The meeting, hosted by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, is part of the department’s...
  • Blog Post: Dialogue on IPR Best Practices in China

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs This week in Beijing, I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote speech on intellectual property rights best practices at the invitation of the United States Ambassador to China. My talk was part of a half-day event entitled...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Veterans to Microsoft

    Posted by Scott Pitasky Corporate Vice President, Human Resources Talent & Organization Capability Group (Cross-posted from Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential blog ) Today, on Veterans Day, we take some time to celebrate, honor and remember our United States military veterans. At Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Technology is the Catalyst for Change in the Public Sector

    Posted by Linda Zecher Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector This morning at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC, we had the privilege of welcoming former President Bill Clinton, who spoke about the need for sustainable systems and how IT can be a key catalyst...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Applauds Passage of Patent Bill by the U.S. Senate

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Yesterday, the Senate passed S. 23, the “America Invents Act,” by a vote of 95-5. Microsoft applauds the Senate’s action and looks forward to further consideration of patent reform by the House of Representatives...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s U.S. law enforcement and national security requests for last half of 2012

    Posted by John Frank Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft This afternoon we are publishing additional information about the volume of law enforcement and national security orders served on Microsoft. For the first time, we are permitted to include the total volume of national security...