Today in Washington, D.C.: Join us for the Microsoft TechFair Open House

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From data visualization to cloud computing and predictive analytics, Microsoft Research is on the cutting edge, offering innovative solutions to complex problems. Today, the Washington, D.C., community can experience this technology firsthand as the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center hosts a TechFair Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. ET. Throughout the day, top researchers from Microsoft will be on hand to demonstrate how some of their breakthrough technologies are Read more »

Microsoft joins with others in call to reform government surveillance

Today, Microsoft and members of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, along with civil liberties advocates, sent a letter to the White House and Congressional leaders supporting essential reforms to the USA Patriot Act. As we’ve said before, these reforms must include an end to bulk collection and allow for companies to be transparent about the requests they receive for information. We understand that governments play a vital role in helping protect Read more »

US overdue for Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform

Microsoft has long supported reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better reflect the widespread use of new technologies in every aspect of life. To that end, we have joined with other companies, advocates and stakeholders in the Digital Due Process Coalition in the effort to codify what the courts have said and what is already in practice – require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before demanding access Read more »

Bipartisan, bicameral LEADS Act essential to the future of digital privacy

The bipartisan Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act of 2015, introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives, offers essential reforms that rectify outdated privacy laws.  We commend the sponsors – Reps. Tom Marino and Suzan DelBene – for introducing this critical legislation. Today’s introduction builds on what is now bipartisan, bicameral momentum for this effort.  Senators Orrin Hatch, Chris Coons and Dean Heller introduced the Senate Read more »

White House endorses student privacy pledge in call for comprehensive privacy reform

Today, I had the privilege of listening to the president’s speech at the Federal Trade Commission on privacy protections for consumers. While the president touched on many important issues during this speech, he specifically discussed how these protections extend to K-12 students, including the expanded role and benefits of technology in the classroom and the accompanying need for greater privacy protections for student data. Currently, federal law provides inadequate protection Read more »

Microsoft to introduce features to protect Windows Phone users

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Over recent months, Microsoft has been working with others in the wireless industry to develop voluntary principles for implementing more robust theft-deterrent technologies in smartphones. As a result of this work, Microsoft signed on to CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment in April, and today we are able to confirm that we will meet these commitments before the CTIA goal of July 2015. To do this, the current capabilities of the Read more »

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

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 Read more »

Idaho the latest state to make computer science courses count toward high school graduation requirements

Continuing the momentum we’ve seen across the country on computer science education, Idaho recently joined a growing number of states that allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. We applaud Idaho for taking this important step, which will help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow while supporting American innovation. Under the leadership of Gov. Butch Otter, the Idaho State Board of Education, State Read more »

Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be able to get a visa to work in this country. This annual shortfall is again a reminder of the need for Congress to finally pass immigration reform. Many voices across the spectrum – including Microsoft’s Read more »

Continuing our support for government surveillance reform

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People from around the world are increasingly coming together to call for increased reform of government surveillance, and Microsoft sees Tuesday’s effort as a broad demonstration of that growing momentum. At Microsoft, we believe further reform is essential for our customers, our company and society at large – not only to help ensure the right balance between privacy and security, but to demonstrate our understanding that without liberty, we do Read more »