Saturday: Brad Smith Talks Cloud Computing on C-SPAN

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues As you may have read here recently, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith delivered a speech on cloud computing at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. last month. In his remarks,  Brad described the many ways cloud computing can increase the efficiency and transparency of government and other parts of society, and noted areas where the development of cloud computing must be carefully managed,  particularly when it comes Read more »

Technology at the Margins – Social Innovators and Innovations

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Can technology be used to create positive social change, and if so, how? This was the focus of a talk I gave recently to a class on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia University. The class discussion was very illuminating and thought provoking. As you might expect, I answered the above question in the affirmative. But I also argued that nonprofits and social Read more »

Cybersecurity Investments for the Information Age

Last summer, I testified before the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation about the need for government to develop security strategies to address the full spectrum of risks in the Information Age.  Last week, the House passed The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061, which represents an important step to better address those risks.  In recognition of the long-term nature of this challenge, the bill appropriately aims Read more »

Celebrating Safer Internet Day: Don’t Forget to “Think B4U Post!”

Posted by Julie Inman Grant Director,  Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach Today is Safer Internet Day, and events are taking place in 60 countries around the world to mark the occasion.  Organized byInSafe with support from the Safer Internet Programme of the European Union, Safer Internet Day – now in its seventh year — is an important opportunity for industry, government, law enforcement, the NGO community and concerned citizens to raise awareness around pressing online safety Read more »

Surfacing Human Potential at TED 2010

Posted by Dan’l Lewin Corporate Vice President, Strategic & Emerging Business Development This week at TED 2010 in southern California, conferees will have an opportunity to experience the power of innovation and entrepreneurship in some new and extraordinary ways at the World of Entrepreneurs tent, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Among the 30 largest foundations in the United States, Kauffman focuses on advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth – causes that Read more »

Changing the World, One Community at a Time

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs We’ve been extremely pleased and inspired by the tremendous response to our online competition, 7 Ways to Change the World, which we launched last October along with Microsoft Windows 7. The competition asked people to share their ideas on how personal computers can help nonprofit organizations make a greater impact in their communities. More than 130 videos were submitted by local and national nonprofits, each Read more »

‘Maga No Need Pay’: Nigeria Gets Creative to Fight Cyber Scams


Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel This week, a new pop song hits the airwaves in West Africa with a highly unusual message: Don’t be seduced by cybercrime. Cybercrime is a global issue, but perhaps no form of cybercrime has been more  associated with a region than the advance fee fraud collectively known as “Nigeria” or “419” scams (419 is the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud).   Through schemes such as fake Read more »

How Can Policymakers Promote Innovation and Strengthen Privacy?

On January 28th, in conjunction withData Privacy Day, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened its second “Exploring Privacy” Roundtable in Berkeley, California. The roundtable brought together some of the preeminent privacy thinkers from academia, industry, civil society and government to discuss complex and nuanced issues around technology policy, mobile computing, social networking and cloud computing. One of the main topics of the day was the intersection of technology and policy.  Read more »

Realizing the “Buy Once, Play Anywhere” Vision for Digital Media

Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager of Policy & Standards, Entertainment & Devices Division The recent International Consumer Electronics Show was a showcase for how the media industry today is being completely transformed by new digital production technology and hybrid distribution models. Consumers now have many new ways to access video using the Internet – from Hulu and Fancast Xfinity on PCs, to Netflix Watch Instantly through Blu-Ray players, digital TVs, Xbox Read more »