Posted by Dermot BarryManaging Director, Worldwide Public Safety, Microsoft
Now more than ever, technology helps governments and non-government organizations address some of the most pressing public safety challenges, from responding to disasters and managing significant events to protecting critical information and national security needs.
This week, Microsoft is hosting its third annual worldwide Public Safety Symposium (PSS), an event designed to increase awareness of how technology is used to address daily challenges and ensure governments can better protect their citizens. This year, senior operational staff, first responders, policy makers, IT strategists and Microsoft partners from more than 35 countries are on hand to discuss trends and public safety.
The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerSenior Manager, Corporate Blogs
On Wednesday, February 9, at 8:30 a.m. EST, join The Atlantic and Microsoft for a live digital town hall discussion on how we can create the jobs and strengthen the US economy.
Top leaders from government, media, academia and business will share their thoughts on how to provide sustainable economic opportunity for decades to come. Moderated by Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent at PBS NewsHour, participants include:
Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft
A new study released yesterday by the American Enterprise Institute confirms the powerful job-creation effects for American workers when well-educated foreign nationals are welcomed into our workforce. According to the study, each additional 100 foreign-born holders of advanced degrees from U.S. universities working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields create an additional 262 jobs among U.S. workers.
This conclusion lines up with prior research, and with our experience at Microsoft. Our workforce is made up overwhelmingly of U.S. workers, but foreign experts on work visas are a critical part of our innovation and job-creation dynamic. This means not only direct job creation, but dramatic downstream economic effects as well. According to a 2010 study by the University of Washington’s Economic Policy Research Center, every job at Microsoft supported 5.81 jobs elsewhere in the state’s economy.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rich Mogull, founder of Securosis LLC, an independent security consulting firm. Prior to founding Securosis, Rich was a leading analyst at Gartner. He has 12 total years of experience as a security analyst.
Depending on your age, you might remember when the U.S. Hockey dream team won the 1980 Olympics, the first moon landing, or where you were as we entered the new millennium.
Me? Well, aside from some of those items, I'm chagrined to admit I remember when Bill Gates' Trustworthy Computing Initiative memo was released to the public. Not that there's anything wrong with that; depending on how you feel about certain levels of security geekery.
Unlike some other people I expect to be writing about Trustworthy Computing’s 10th anniversary this week, I wasn't an employee at Microsoft when the memo was released. At the time, I was working as an analyst at Gartner, and I was one of the people who contributed to the initial analysis.