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 Microsoft.eu) 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 »

The First Mile on the Marathon of Reform

Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from The Washington Post Health Care Rx blog, which periodically asks Peter Neupert and a panel of other experts to weigh-in on efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.) The mainstream reform debate has been primarily focused on access — the millions of Americans who don’t have insurance. We heard heartbreaking story after heartbreaking story day after day for nearly a year. Read more »

Restoring Balance to American Surveillance Laws

Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel Many members of the tech community believe that American surveillance laws need to be modernized for the digital age.  Today, that effort takes an important step forward as a broad coalition of advocacy groups, technology companies and academics announces a new initiative, Digital Due Process, dedicated to updating these important rules.  As part of the Digital Due Process initiative, Microsoft and our fellow coalition members are Read more »

Update: WA State Moves 520 Bridge Project Forward

Today marks an important step in fixing one of Washington State’s largest and most contentious transportation issues, the replacement of the SR 520 floating bridge.  This morning, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed several transportation bills, one of them being the funding needed to rebuild the 520 bridge.  Although getting to this point has been no easy feat and there are still some final design issues that must be sorted out, Read more »

Advancing Education Reform in Washington State

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs All too often, being a legislator is a thankless job. So when lawmakers come together and make meaningful progress on a critical issue, we should pause and say thank you. While somewhat overshadowed by the need for a special session to resolve budget and taxation issues, the steps the Washington state legislature made in K-12 education are significant. In particular, the passage Read more »