Safer Internet Day 2015: This year, ‘Do 1 (More) Thing’ to stay safer online

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One year ago today, Microsoft asked people across the globe to #Do1Thing to stay safer and more secure online by taking what may have been a first step toward safeguarding their digital lifestyles. Today, on Safer Internet Day 2015, we want everyone to add to last year’s pledges and #Do1MoreThing to become cyber savvy. In addition, we’re launching new interactive resources for young people on the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub to Read more »

An update on the Samsung-Microsoft contract dispute

“Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration. Terms of the agreement are confidential.” – Samsung’s Jaewan Chi, Executive Vice President and Global Legal Affairs & Compliance Team and Microsoft’s David Howard, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

The business case for marriage equality

Last month’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland included many important topics. One topic discussed more broadly this year was the issue of diversity and inclusion, including the business case for stronger steps to promote LGBT equality. This issue is increasingly front and center around the world as the result of important initiatives such as the United Nations’ Free and Equal Campaign. It was good to Read more »

The Innovation Act: An important step forward

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and a bipartisan group of cosponsors introduced H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act of 2015.” This action marks an important first step toward enactment of a patent litigation reform measure aimed at curbing patent litigation abuses.  Microsoft is pleased to support the Innovation Act, as we did in the previous Congress; we will continue to work with Chairman Goodlatte and leaders in both the House Read more »

Microsoft brings leaders together to discuss the value of investing in early learning

Leading research shows early childhood is a pivotal time for learning. Deliberate and early exposure to the arts may lead to higher achievement in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.  That was the takeaway from a conversation last week at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. “Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs: Investing in STEM Through Early Learning and the Arts” convened national Read more »

Data Privacy Day 2015 – Putting people in control

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When European countries first began marking Data Privacy Day back in 2006, (or Data Protection Day as it’s known there), we needed to jumpstart a global conversation about personal data privacy. Today that conversation has taken on a life of its own. Data Privacy Day is no longer simply about raising awareness. This day has become a much needed platform for organizing a conversation about solutions. New technologies spark new Read more »

Global conversations about principles and privacy

Last week, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith participated in two public events in Europe that focused on how best to strike the right balance between personal privacy and public safety, issues that were front and center given the recent tragic events in Paris. Brad emphasized that 2015 needs to be the year of solutions. He outlined a set of principles on which we can build and Read more »

Safety, privacy and the Internet paradox: solutions at hand and the need for new trans-Atlantic rules


Today at the Center for European Policy Studies, Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs, Microsoft, delivered remarks and participated in a panel discussion on the subject of Trust, data and national sovereignty: solutions for a connected world. Other panelists included: Jan Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament Renate Nikolay, Head of Cabinet, Vĕra Jourová’s Cabinet, DG Justice, European Commission Michał Boni, Member of the Read more »

Is life online stifling young people’s self-expression?

Young people have been cautioned: For years, they’ve been told by parents and teachers that whatever they post online will follow them forever, potentially impacting their educational and career prospects. And, youth have taken heed. More and more we hear of social media profiles being “cleaned up” before university applications are submitted, or a young person thinking twice about posting a less-than-flattering photo. But, could all of this digital self-editing 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 »