Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
This week, the House Cyber Security Task Force, chaired by Rep. Thornberry, released its recommendations and report to help guide legislative action on cybersecurity. The Task Force recommendations represent another key milestone in our combined private and public sector efforts to address the cybersecurity challenges of the Information Age.
Posted by Brad SmithExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft
Recently, I had the opportunity to share at the annual conference of the Washington State Academy of Sciences some lessons learned from my experience serving as the chair of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Higher Education Funding Task Force earlier this year. And as legislators prepare to return to yet another budget crisis awaiting them in Olympia, I thought it might be useful to share those lessons on this blog as well.
In Washington, our state’s master plan for higher education calls on our colleges and universities to grow enrollments by 27 percent over the next seven years. But few believe we will meet this need with a higher education system funded by below-market tuition and eroding state support. Conventional wisdom has held that this problem is too intractable to fix, both from a financial and political perspective.
But during the 2011 legislative session, by coming together, identifying a common goal, meeting with each other and working together on a plan to realize that goal, the business community, our public university presidents, the alumni community, education groups, legislators and the Governor were able to achieve something remarkable.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
We've all encountered them: people who after five minutes of meeting feel compelled to tell you the vivid details of their relationship woes, family traumas or financial hardships. In one-to-one or small-group settings, such conversations make us uneasy at best. More likely, they leave us itching to slink away and find less of a "drama queen" to chat with.
But, when this kind of oversharing takes place online, the consequences can be far more serious. One solution: shout “Digital T.M.I."—Too Much Information. You’ll probably save other recipients discomfort, and you may even help to stave off graver repercussions for the sender.
Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
It has been more than two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day, more than 1,500 famine-stricken Somalis arrive in the world’s largest refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya. According to the United Nations, the Dadaab Refugee camp designed for 90,000 people is now home to nearly half a million people.
To put this crisis in perspective, the number of severely famine-stricken people is higher than the combined numbers affected by the South Asia tsunami and South Asia earthquakes of 2005, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
On the Microsoft on the Issues Blog for Africa, we often focus on the many opportunities present in Africa, the amazing feats and accomplishments of the African people, and how technology positively impacts the continent. But Africa, and the world community, face a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, and I wanted to take a moment to talk about Microsoft’s commitment to help respond to the crisis.
Posted by Dan BrossSenior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
Yesterday in Washington, D.C., The George Washington University Law School kicked off its “Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series,” which presents a range of timely topics addressing critically important areas of free speech and civil liberties.
Microsoft is sponsoring the series as part of our ongoing work to advance freedom of expression, privacy and human rights, and our belief in the importance of the “rule of law” in finding sustainable solutions for this issue. Our work with GW Law in this area also includes support for the law school’s litigation before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights later this year in a case aimed at finding justice for a reporter who was abused and forced into exile by the government of Colombia in 1996.