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Raising the Bar: Exploring the diversity gap within the legal profession
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft By 2042, the U.S. population is projected to be “majority minority," and no one race or ethnicity will any longer be the majority in America. While America increasingly reflects the...
10 Dec 2013
Reforming government surveillance
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, we are joining AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo in calling for reforms of government surveillance. Since Microsoft was founded, we’ve believed technology...
8 Dec 2013
A day of action to demand ECPA reform
Posted by Frederick S. Humphries Jr. Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft joined a nationwide day of action to call for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). We are asking Congress to codify what courts and service providers across the...
5 Dec 2013
New cybersecurity report details risk of running unsupported software
Posted by Tim Rains Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft On Tuesday, Trustworthy Computing released volume 15 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which provides threat intelligence and analysis of cyber threats in over 100 countries/regions worldwide. Among the numerous key findings...
29 Oct 2013
Microsoft supports continuing work toward a Do Not Track standard
Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Our customers expect strong privacy protections to be built into Microsoft technologies, so we make privacy a priority. Our inclusion of Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 is an example of how we strive to meet...
9 Oct 2013
Microsoft and the Alliance for Affordable Internet work to drive down broadband costs, enable universal access
Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in overcoming barriers for social and economic development around the world, for a diverse range of applications in education, healthcare, business, delivery of government services...
6 Oct 2013
Microsoft releases best practices for developing a national strategy for cybersecurity
Posted by Paul Nicholas & Cristin Goodwin Senior Director, Global Security & Diplomacy, Microsoft and Senior Attorney, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Friday, Microsoft released a new white paper entitled Developing a National Strategy for Cybersecurity: Foundations for Security...
4 Oct 2013
Microsoft engages economists and academics on immigration reform in D.C.
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. convened leading economists and academics for an engaging discussion on the economic imperative for immigration reform. Panelists participated in a wide ranging...
2 Oct 2013
Microsoft teams with university researchers to improve TV white spaces wireless technology
Posted by Ranveer Chandra Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research On Sunday, Microsoft Research published a new paper in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong proposing a new system for improving indoor use of wireless technologies in cities. Radio frequency spectrum, the airwaves...
29 Sep 2013
Microsoft amends petition to US Foreign Intelligence Service Court
Posted by John Frank Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft On Monday, we amended our petition to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). This is an amendment to the motion we filed on June 19. Since then, working with others in the industry, we’ve...
9 Sep 2013
Upholding legal and ethical standards
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Posted by John Frank Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft is cooperating with the U.S. government to investigate allegations that Microsoft employees and business partners may have engaged in illegal activity in Pakistan and Russia...
21 Aug 2013
The limits of Google’s openness
Posted by David Howard Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, Microsoft You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds. We took...
15 Aug 2013
Director Video Series: John W. Thompson shares insights and experiences as Microsoft director
Posted by John Seethoff Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft John W. Thompson recently sat down with Microsoft’s Channel 9 to share insights on his experience as a member of Microsoft’s board of directors as part of our Director Video Series . During the course...
7 Aug 2013
Responding to government legal demands for customer data
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Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle...
16 Jul 2013
Continuing our commitment to privacy and consumer choice with Do Not Track
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Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, Microsoft has included improvements to our support of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Do Not Track (DNT) effort in the Windows 8.1 Preview released at Microsoft’s Build conference...
2 Jul 2013
Microsoft and partners advocate for expanding access to affordable wireless broadband worldwide
Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft At Microsoft, we have long worked in partnership with others in government, industry, academia and civil society to advance emerging technologies and create new opportunities for ICT access and innovation throughout the world. Today...
16 Jun 2013
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...
14 Jun 2013
Microsoft takes botnet threat intelligence program to the cloud; provides near real-time data
Posted by TJ Campana Director of Security, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Protecting people is at the forefront of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit’s fight against cybercrime. When we launched the Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security) program in 2010 to proactively combat botnets...
28 May 2013
Microsoft announces new TV white spaces project to connect students in Tanzania
Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Today at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, Microsoft announced a new pilot project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Microsoft will work in collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and...
8 May 2013
Toward building consumer trust and a Do Not Track solution
Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Last week, we launched a consumer privacy awareness campaign to educate people about the tools and technologies Microsoft provides to help protect their personal information online. We prioritize privacy because we know it’s important...
3 May 2013
Microsoft Testifies on Capitol Hill in Support of Historic Immigration Bill
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Today, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by the bipartisan group of senators known as the ‘Gang...
22 Apr 2013
Microsoft Supports Introduction of Historic Immigration Bill in the Senate
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, the U.S. Senate took a significant first step toward reforming our nation’s broken and outdated immigration system with the introduction of comprehensive legislation by the ‘Gang...
17 Apr 2013
Start of April Marks Continued H-1B Uncertainty
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Beginning next week – on April 1 – employers can start filing applications for H-1B visas for skilled workers that they are looking to hire to fill open jobs here in the U.S. Many...
29 Mar 2013
Microsoft Releases 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, we are releasing our 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report. This is our first Law Enforcement Requests Report. It provides data on the number of requests we received from law enforcement...
21 Mar 2013
The Importance of Playing It Safe
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Posted by David Finn Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Cybercrime Center On March 6, Microsoft anti-piracy teams around the world turn their attention to raising awareness of the issues surrounding software piracy. What started as a stand-alone day six years ago has evolved into a series of events...
5 Mar 2013
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