Using New and Existing Technologies to Advance Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Steve Lippman Director of Environmental Engagement This Earth Day, I am in Washington, D.C. with colleagues from Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team responding to increasing requests from policymakers, customers, researchers and others seeking insights about how information technology can help address pressing energy and environmental challenges. One of the highlights of my trip is the opportunity to facilitate a roundtable discussion on energy between members of Congress, administration officials, Read more »

Verifying Your Identity Online

Posted by Jules Cohen Director, Trustworthy Computing This week I travelled to Washington, D.C. for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit. The event is a great opportunity for members of the global privacy community to connect, debate the pressing privacy issues of the day and look ahead to future challenges. Scott Charney, the leader of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, delivered today’s keynote address focused on our Read more »

Using Intelligence and Forensics to Protect Against Counterfeit Software

In the past year, tens of thousands of people have contacted Microsoft to complain that one or another third party had sold them software that turned out to be counterfeit. Many are angry at being cheated, but their even bigger problem is that counterfeit software may carry malware, spyware, or other viruses that can jeopardize their personal and financial information. To fight software counterfeiting, Microsoft has set up nine regional Read more »

Study Demonstrates Benefits of Cloud Computing for Governments

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues In an interesting study published earlier this month, Darrell West of the Brookings Institution examined the issue of  Saving Money Through Cloud Computing. West used case studies to analyze the ability of cloud computing to bring greater efficiency, cost savings and innovation to local governments and federal agencies.  The news for government is good:  In West’s sample, savings generally averaged between Read more »

Microsoft TownHall: Building Public Online Communities

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Curt KolcunVice President, U.S. Public Sector We’ve all seen how the Internet has fundamentally altered governments, political campaigns and issue advocacy in the United States. Many of the most impactful innovations have leveraged technology to build communities around ideas. The 2008 Obama campaign set a new standard for citizen engagement on the Web, and government agencies are following suit Read more »

Revising the EU Data Protection Directive

Posted by Thomas Myrup Kristensen Senior EU Policy Director (Cross posted from Late last month, European Union Commissioner Viviane Reding re-stated her desire to reform and modernize the EU’s Data Protection Framework Directive (95/46/EC). She noted that the Commission is currently analyzing the over 160 responses to the public consultation and that the proposal to reform the Directive is expected to be released by the end of 2010. You can find Microsoft’s Read more »

The Trouble with Typosquatting

Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Have you ever typed the wrong address into your browser and found yourself on a website filled with dubious or inappropriate content? Typosquatting is the practice of purchasing URLs that are deceptively similar to URLs for well-known brands, like Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail service. Although the practice is unlawful under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, you might wonder if anyone really gets hurt by people Read more »

Neupert on Health in the Harvard Business Review

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues As many of you know, Peter Neupert is a frequent blogger on the topic of health care here at Microsoft on the Issues as well as on his own blog,  Neupert on Health. In addition, he’s recently authored a blog post for the Harvard Business Review entitled Stop Demanding Too Little of the Health Care Industry, which highlights the need for game-changing transformation in health Read more »

SCORE: Empowering Small Business

(Cross-posted from the Microsoft FutureFed blog) Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, Microsoft Federal; Last week I wrote about Microsoft’s participation in the  Digital Adoption Coalition which, led by One Economy and Connected Nation, brings together internet service providers, technology companies, and nonprofit organizations to supply broadband internet service and affordable computers to traditionally underserved populations. Today, we are excited to announce a similar initiative, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the FCC, SBA, several industry partners, and SCORE, Read more »