• Microsoft CTO for US Education Cameron Evans: A call for better tech integration in classrooms

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. Education, has an opinion piece posted on eSchool News. In the piece, he questions the impact technology has had in education, and provides ideas for how teachers can incorporate technology into their curriculum in unique ways that meet academic requirements and provide students with learning experiences and the creative freedom to express what they have mastered through compelling experiences.

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  • New Zealanders’ online safety concerns reflected in proposed legislation

    Posted by Delight Roberts
    Senior Online Safety Strategist, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft

    Online safety issues and concerns are universal yet have geographical relevance. I recently spent seven weeks on temporary assignment to Netsafe, New Zealand’s premier Internet safety organization. What I heard time and again from colleagues, parents, regulators and the general New Zealand public was that online bullying and the effects of harmful online content are concerns this island nation shares with many others (parents, consumers) across the globe.

    Kids, parents and regulators in New Zealand have seen the effects of harmful online content and, the public has encouraged lawmakers to take action. One striking characteristic of the New Zealand Parliament is its ability to move and quickly pass new legislation. Regulators can, if they wish, introduce a bill in the morning and enact it into law that same day. The Harmful Digital Communications Bill (HDCB), which stemmed from concerns about online bullying, seeks to provide a remedy for removal of content from both an individual and an online content host.

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  • Join Microsoft for May 21 town hall event ‘A New America: How Millennials Are Sparking Change’

     Posted by Fred Humphries
    Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft

    On May 21, Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic will host the final town hall in our series, “A New America: How Millennials Are Sparking Change,” at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. We are excited to conclude our conversation on the opportunities and challenges facing this diverse generation with insights from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, Rep. Aaron Schock, R–Ill., as well as Millennials, academics, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders.

    Throughout the year-long series, we’ve traveled and engaged with college campuses in three truly unique and innovative cities – Los AngelesAustin and Richmond. During each event, we’ve witnessed extraordinary entrepreneurship and service on display, in many ways teaching us that Millennials are carving their own way.

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  • Silicon Valley Gives crowdfunds to support hundreds of nonprofits

    Posted by Dan'l Lewin
    Corporate Vice President, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft

    One of my passions is looking at ways technology can help solve real problems and create new opportunities for people.

    I oversee Microsoft’s Silicon Valley operations. Our 2,800 employees in the area have helped to define our strong presence in the community since the early 1980s.

    When we think of Silicon Valley, our heads fill with visions of a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and tech companies that are doing well. However, we often overlook many issues that every community faces when it comes to providing better services for our citizens—improving education initiatives, creating new employment opportunities for youth and skills training for underserved people. Meeting the needs of people in our region is an immense challenge, but I feel we can work together to find solutions.

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  • One step on the path to challenging search warrant jurisdiction

    Posted by David Howard
    Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft

    The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas.

    To protect this principle, we filed a formal legal challenge months ago to a U.S. search warrant seeking customer email content that is located exclusively outside the United States. Today we received an initial decision that maintains the status quo but is a necessary step in our effort to make sure that governments follow the letter of the law when they seek our customers’ private data in the future.

    When we filed this challenge we knew the path would need to start with a magistrate judge, and that we’d eventually have the opportunity to bring the issue to a U.S. district court judge and probably to a federal court of appeals. Today the Magistrate Judge, who originally issued the warrant in question, disagreed with our view and rejected our challenge. This is the first step toward getting this issue in front of courts that have the authority to correct the government’s longstanding views on the application of search warrants to content stored digitally outside the United States. 

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