#MSFTCOSO POV: Making the world safer one hack at a time

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Since early July, I’ve been leading an internal team focused on revolutionizing “parental controls” for the 21st century household. Our project was part of Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hackathon, where individuals and small teams put forth innovative project ideas, and employees from around the world volunteered their time, talent, skills and energy to give shape to the various concepts and visions. “Hack,” meaning “to hack something together” over the course of Read more »

Microsoft-led discussion focuses on ways to use technology to fight human trafficking

Continuing its work with the White House Office of Science and Technology, Microsoft took an important step in its efforts to combat human trafficking by convening a brainstorming session of law enforcement, academics and private organizations in Washington, D.C. July 24. Many of the nation’s leaders in the fight against child sex trafficking used the forum to discuss ways technology can be harnessed to disrupt these crimes. As one of six recipients Read more »

Microsoft calls for deeper integration of technology in the classrooms of tomorrow

Over the last month, we’ve joined Parade Magazine on the road from Salt Lake City to St. Louis and Boston to start a smart discussion around technology and education and the different ways technologies and services are being used to improve the learning experience across the U.S. These conversations have sparked a great dialogue with impressive ideas and incredible potential for the future of education. For years, technology has only Read more »

Microsoft provides corporate governance update

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The Governance and Nominating Committee of Microsoft’s board of directors on Thursday published its annual letter to shareholders. The letter provides an update on corporate governance developments over the past year. Throughout this exciting time for Microsoft, we remain firmly committed to upholding a strong governance framework that advances the long-term interests of our company and its shareholders. I believe the past year’s developments illustrate that commitment. In the letter, Read more »

Microsoft’s Samsung action

As you may have seen, on Friday Microsoft filed legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Today’s legal action is simply to enforce our contract with Samsung. We don’t take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we’ve enjoyed a long and productive partnership. Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made Read more »

Microsoft responds to ruling in warrant case

Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith provided the following response to a federal court ruling in New York on Thursday in the company’s ongoing case challenging a U.S. government warrant for customer data stored in Dublin, Ireland: “The only issue that was certain this morning was that the District Court’s decision would not represent the final step in this process. We will appeal promptly and continue to advocate Read more »

WSJ opinion by Brad Smith: We’re fighting the feds over your email

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On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published a column by Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith explaining why Microsoft is opposing the U.S. government’s demand for a customer’s email stored in Dublin, Ireland. As Smith writes, “This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud.” To Read more »

Senate proposes strong privacy, civil liberties protections in USA Freedom Act

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On Tuesday, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith released a statement praising the Senate’s efforts to enact stronger privacy and civil liberties protections in government surveillance reform legislation: I would like to thank Senators Leahy, Lee, Heller and Franken for their efforts to bring meaningful reform to government surveillance. By establishing a panel of advocates to argue before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and requiring it to Read more »

Microsoft expands tech training program for active duty service members

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Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Sarmiento-Louttit’s United States Marine Corps missions have taken her all over the world: from Okinawa, Japan, to the Red Sea to off the coast of Africa, where she was part of a crew involved in a high-profile operation: rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But her latest mission brought her back to base to participate in a rigorous 16-week program learning software development at 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 »