Advance fee fraud is one of the most common and notorious scams, deceiving people to believe they will receive a large sum of money if they pay a smaller sum up front.
Posted by Paul GarnettDirector, Technology Policy, Microsoft
Summertime often conjures up memories of days spent at the beach – waves crashing, sand castles, beach balls, surfing, swimming and ice cream. For the vast majority of Americans, that time is spent at a public beach – places with names like Crane’s, Ocean Shores, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Presque Isle and yes, even Marconi, named for the telecommunications pioneer.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing on a legislative proposal that would require all newly allocated radio spectrum to be auctioned. That would include spectrum reallocated in the TV bands, including the white spaces spectrum, soon to be used by innovative new types of unlicensed devices based on dynamic spectrum access techniques.
Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy & Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft
The past year has been a milestone for Microsoft’s global anti-piracy team in many ways.
We launched global education campaigns that arm consumers with information to protect themselves from the risks of non-genuine software. We continued our investment in developing innovative forensic technologies that track counterfeit activities and criminal syndicates worldwide. Our strategic partnership with local governments made it more difficult for criminal gangs to sell non-genuine software to unsuspecting consumers.
I’m pleased to share that Microsoft was recognized for these efforts by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG). At the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards in Paris on June 8, Microsoft received a commendation for our efforts to build awareness and protect consumers from the dangers of software piracy.
Posted by Dan ReedCorporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft
All of us have experienced the “spectrum crunch” when using our wireless devices. Dropped voice calls and slow data transfers are symptoms. The crunch is a consequence of both rising demand and spectrum management techniques and wireless radio technologies dating back almost one hundred years. We can’t manufacture more spectrum – it’s a finite natural resource – but we can manage it more nimbly and share it more efficiently than we have in the past, stimulating economic growth, business innovation and increased competition.
Unlicensed use of the TV band spectrum can help to achieve this reality. It will enable “super Wi-Fi,” spur rapid innovation, increase the bandwidth available to consumers, expand mobile data offload opportunities, increase hot spot coverage, and ensure greater broadband connectivity, especially in rural communities.
Last November in Beijing, Pamela Passman delivered a keynote speech on intellectual property rights best practices at the invitation of the United States Ambassador to China.