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  • Blog Post: National Broadband Plan: An Effort for the Ages

    Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs There has been a strong push by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over the past nine months to understand the nation’s broadband needs and to develop recommendations that facilitate global innovation. Today’s...
  • Blog Post: Breaking the barriers to a single cloud market in Europe

    Posted by John Vassallo Vice President of EU Affairs (Cross posted from Microsoft.eu ) Growth has been the watchword at the Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in London. It's an event that brings together some of the region's most influential public sector figures under one roof, in an effort to find...
  • Blog Post: Technology and Innovation key to transforming Education

    Posted by Lauren Woodman General Manager of Government and Education Programs, Worldwide Public Sector Lauren Woodman This week Microsoft is hosting the Education Leaders Forum in Warsaw, Poland in conjunction with the 2010 Imagine Cup World Finals . Great event – great to bring together...
  • Blog Post: Technology Helps Global Authorities Bring Child Pornography Ring to Justice

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel There is news from Edinburgh today of guilty verdicts for leaders of the largest child pornography ring ever broken-up in Scotland. As the BBC News explains, a single image found on a computer led to literally thousands of others, shared through the...
  • Blog Post: Around the Globe, Innovating to Improve Education

    Posted by L. Michael Golden Corporate Vice President, Education Products Group I’ve been on the road for three weeks speaking at a series of education events, and it was clear from each one that student-centric, innovative approaches to education can help solve critical social and economic challenges...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Emphasizes Education at GLF

    Posted by Hernan Rincon President, Microsoft Latin America In my role as President, Microsoft Latin America, I’ve found no better venue for gauging what matters most to governments in the region than our annual Government Leaders Forum—Americas . We’re winding down this year’s...
  • Blog Post: New Innovations in IT Support Environmental Sustainability in Africa

    Posted by Frank McCosker Managing Director, Microsoft Global Strategic Accounts This week, I’m in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Chief Executive Briefing, where Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, launched the UN’s new energy neutral Nairobi office building. The building is the...
  • Blog Post: The Campaign Cloud

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Ravi Singh CEO of ElectionMall.com The 2008 presidential election showed how powerful the Internet has become in modern politics. From raising money to communicating with constituents to organizing staff, cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Saying No to “Spim”

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel, Internet Safety Enforcement Have you ever received an instant message that prompts you to click on a mysterious link? Or been asked to share your IM account information, only to have it used to spam all of your friends? Such instant messaging spam...
  • Blog Post: Bridging the Standardization Divide

    Posted by Nasser Kettani Regional Standards Officer, Middle East and Africa This year’s celebration of World Standards Day (October 14) helped draw attention to the role that standards play in creating economic value and advancing innovation , but it also is a moment to reflect on the importance...
  • Blog Post: Incentive Auctions, Smart Radio Technology and Unlicensed Spectrum – Tools to Meet the Exploding Wireless Broadband Demand

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft There is little dispute about the rapidly growing demand for wireless broadband connectivity and the strain it places on wireless networks. Policymakers can help to find more spectrum to enable the many devices consumers use...
  • Blog Post: Promoting An Accessibility Ecosystem of Choice and Opportunity

    Posted by Laura Ruby Director, Accessibility Policy & Standards The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a field hearing last Friday in Washington, D.C, on broadband access for people with disabilities. The event, part of the agency’s efforts to develop a National Broadband Plan...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft recognized for privacy-enhancing identity management technology

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Director, Trustworthy Computing Last night, Microsoft was honored to accept the 2010 HP-IAPP Privacy Innovation Award for Technology . The award was presented by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Hiring America’s Heroes

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Editor's Note: The following post originally appeared earlier today on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . This particular topic seemed relevant to readers of the Microsoft on the Issues Blog, so we have...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0: Reflections on Spectrum Allocation Policy

    Posted by Dan Reed Corporate Vice President, Technology Strategy and Policy A few weeks ago, Tim O’Reilly asked me if I would deliver a thought-provoking presentation on cognitive radio technologies and spectrum allocation policy at this year’s Gov 2.0 Summit . In this post, I’d...
  • Blog Post: Streaming the Inauguration

    Posted by Joel Cherkis General Manager, U.S. Public Sector Industry Unit Ok, I admit: I’m not a policy guy. But I’m venturing onto our new issues blog to report we are one day away from launching our latest project to support government initiatives around openness and transparency. ...
  • Blog Post: A Federal Stimulus for Science and Technology

    Posted by Dan Reed Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategist Microsoft Research My colleague Pamela Passman recently blogged about the importance of the workforce development components of the economic recovery package working its way through the U.S. Congress. As a scientist at Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Using New and Existing Technologies to Advance Environmental Sustainability

    Posted by Steve Lippman Director of Environmental Engagement This Earth Day, I am in Washington, D.C. with colleagues from Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team responding to increasing requests from policymakers, customers, researchers and others seeking insights about how information technology...
  • 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: New Framework for Technology Collaboration

    Posted by David Rudin Senior Attorney Here’s good news for everyone who appreciates technologies that play well with others: The independent Open Web Foundation has announced a new legal framework agreement that communities of Web developers can use in collaborating on new technology specifications...
  • Blog Post: Keeping the Promise of Inclusion

    Posted by Laura Ruby Director, Accessibility Policy and Standards In recent months there has been a lot of debate in Washington, D.C. about Government 2.0 , or the use of Web 2.0 technologies and social networking tools such as RSS feeds, blogs and wikis to give citizens greater access to information...
  • Blog Post: The Cyber Threat - Deconstructing the Problem to Promote Comprehensive Dialogue and Action

    Posted by Scott Charney Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing It is clear to most that the Internet, and related technology advancements, provides significant benefits for individuals, enterprises and governments. However, as global connectivity has grown, so has the cyber threat. This is...
  • Blog Post: White House Support for Innovation Will Drive Economic Recovery

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs The way out of our nation’s current economic difficulties is through innovation fostered by investments in education, technical job skills training, and science and technology infrastructure. That’s what Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Helping Schools Achieve Success with EdTech

    Posted by Mary Cullinane Director of Innovation & Business Development, U.S. Education The U.S. Department of Education recently released a draft National Education Technology Plan, which outlines five main priorities for schools to increase the effectiveness of technology in the classroom. The...
  • Blog Post: Obama Names Craig Mundie to Sci-Tech Advisory Council

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues We talk a lot on this blog about the intersection of technology and public policy, and Microsoft’s work to apply technology in ways that will advance public policy goals such as improving health care, education and economic growth...