Unfinished business on government surveillance reform

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In the year since news reports surfaced about U.S. government surveillance practices, a lot has changed. And there even have been some initial positive reforms. We all want to live in a safe and secure world and governments – including the U.S. government – play a vital role in helping to protect our communities. But the reality is clear. The U.S. Government needs to address important unfinished business to reduce the Read more »

Brad Smith in WSJ interview: why we oppose government demands for personal data

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In a video interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Dennis Berman, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith spoke about why consumer data needs to be protected from government surveillance. “We feel that one of our business necessities is to ensure that the sense of customer trust is protected,” Smith, who is also Microsoft’s executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs, told the Wall Street Journal. “So it has put us Read more »

#MSFTCOSO POV: From classroom to computer, students must be at the center of their learning environment

The digital world offers students an abundance of resources and unlimited learning potential. Our largely one-size-fits-all approach to education and technology in the U.S., however, doesn’t seem to be working for today’s digital youth. Moreover, resources are not applied equitably across schools and classrooms. To help address these challenges, The Aspen Institute established a Task Force on Learning and the Internet, to understand the ways in which young people learn Read more »

Digital common sense: New survey shows Americans want a better privacy balance

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A new poll we’re releasing today shows it’s not just the Supreme Court that wants the right balance between public safety and the privacy concerns of technology users. The American public wants this as well. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Riley case last month, I’ve been blogging about the historic importance of its unanimous view that police need a warrant to search someone’s cell phone. The decision shifted the Read more »

Remembering the Third of July

Amid the current public debates about government surveillance, this is a good day to step back and remember the Third of July. Of course, the first question you might ask is, what happened on the Third of July? Many Americans will recall, of course, that it was in Philadelphia at Independence Hall on July 2, 1776, that the colonies voted for their independence. And then it was two days later Read more »

Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

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In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive progress on all of these fronts. We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services. Read more »

The privacy week that was

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Over time, privacy protection has advanced in key moments. These have involved judges and advocates who appreciated new technologies and found ways to ensure privacy prevailed in a changing world. This week’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in the case of Riley v. California ranks with other key historical moments. More than in any other recent decision, the Supreme Court this week advanced privacy in a digital era characterized Read more »

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

Posted byJeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. Education, has an opinion piece posted oneSchool 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 Read more »

Singapore leads the way on TV white spaces regulation

On Monday, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, known as TV white spaces (TVWS). Radio spectrum is, more than ever, being identified by policy makers as a key asset in developing the digital economy and, more broadly, the overall economy. The remarkable growth in the use of smartphones and other wireless devices in recent Read more »

White House highlights value of partnership in cybersecurity regulation

The 2013 Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO) set forth the U.S. Government’s two-phase approach to strengthening critical infrastructure cybersecurity. In the first phase, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) led collaborative development of a Cybersecurity Framework; in the second phase, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established a voluntary program and continues work towards incentives for organizations to utilize the Framework, while government agencies examined Read more »

Enhancing learning while protecting safety and privacy

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Over the past year, revelations of government surveillance, highly publicized data breaches and other stories of private information being leaked have dominated the media. More revealing than the stories themselves is the public’s impassioned response to them, demonstrating that there is still a basic expectation among Americans of personal privacy. As public discourse continues, some states, districts, schools and parents have begun to consider the safety of student data. In Read more »