Microsoft and NVTC host Virginia Senate Candidates Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie at Technology Forum

On Sept. 8, Microsoft and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) held a Technology Town Hall Forum at the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, Va., featuring Virginia Senate candidates Sen. Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie. With technology industry jobs representing 5.4 percent of the private sector workforce in 2012, fully understanding the complex technology and business policy landscape is critical for the November mid-term election cycle. This is increasingly important in Virginia’s growing technology community, 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 »

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 »

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 »

Microsoft panel explores the policy implications of intelligent systems

On May 16, Microsoft convened a panel of academic researchers working at the confluence of the technology, humanity and policy aspects of intelligent systems at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The intergenerational conversation brought together professors and their students to explore the implications of the deployment of new intelligent systems in businesses and society and the legal and policy challenges that they present. From autonomous vehicles Read more »

Microsoft convenes panel on how the Internet of Things can build sustainable 21st century cities

On May 14, leading public and private sector experts on data and sustainability gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to address how cities can leverage technology to offer new services to their citizens, optimize the efficiency of existing services and improve the overall sustainability of their communities. Cities are the hearts and souls of our nations, driving our global economy and impacting our environment. With Read more »

‘Who Has Your Back?’ – Electronic Frontier Foundation gives Microsoft 6/6 Stars on privacy approach to government data access

On Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its fourth annual report rating technology companies on their efforts to protect customer data from the government. “Who Has Your Back?” reflects the EFF’s thorough review of the practices and policies of each company against specific criteria. This year, Microsoft met every one of six factors that companies were rated against, including the stringency of the legal demands companies require before providing data, Read more »

How today’s creativity will inform our entertainment of the future

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Editor’s Note:The following post by Rob Knies originally appeared on the Inside Microsoft Research blog . Mary Czerwinski and Kati London of Microsoft Research will be participating in the Creativity Conference, a Washington, D.C., event that will examine how creators and makers are shaping our future. What does the “creative process” really mean? Where do creative ideas come from? What is the relationship between creativity and technology? Answering these questions, Read more »