Microsoft to file legal brief in Apple iPhone case

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith confirmed that Microsoft supports Apple in their current legal case with the FBI and will file a legal brief in support next week. Smith was responding to a question from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. Smith made the point that the primary statutory language the government is relying on in Apple’s case was passed Read more »

Congress must update our outdated privacy laws

Today I appeared as a witness before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “International Conflicts of Law and their Implications for Cross Border Data Requests by Law Enforcement.” You can see my opening statement to the Committee below, and read my written testimony on the Judiciary Committee website. In my testimony I made the case that the increasing use by governments of unilateral legal process – rather than international Read more »

Microsoft to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 25, I’ll be testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “International Conflicts of Law and their Implications for Cross Border Data Requests by Law Enforcement.” I’ll be on a panel with Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group; David Kris, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Intellectual Ventures; and Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor, American University Washington College of Law. Before this panel, David Read more »

Creating incentives for digital inclusion: Microsoft announces support for G3ict charter for accessible technology

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced our support for the newly announced Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) charter, Promoting Global Digital Inclusion through ICT Procurement Policies & Accessibility Standards. The charter calls on governments worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities by demanding only accessible technology from their suppliers. We are proud to join the other signatories, which include some of the most forward-thinking governments and Read more »

Open government data: Steps to effective and responsible use

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Governments at every level and around the world are embracing the opportunity to share and open up their data to broader use by individuals, businesses and community organizations. Recent technological advances in connectivity, cloud storage and computing, analytic techniques such as machine learning, and the Internet of Things, are allowing a dramatic expansion in the types of data gathered and especially in the ways to disseminate and use this data. Read more »

Microsoft welcomes US State Department Global Connect initiative

We’d like to congratulate the U.S. State Department on its demonstration of leadership with the Global Connect initiative. The Internet and the Web have transformed our lives – the way we find information, the way we communicate, how we run our businesses, how we entertain ourselves, how efficiently we use resources – the list is endless. But the sad fact is that nearly two-thirds of the global population has no Read more »

Microsoft’s comments on the FCC proposal for affordable broadband

Affordable broadband connectivity is often essential to harnessing the power, productivity, and delight that technology enables, and the importance of it will only increase as more and more of our daily actions move to a cloud-based model. It’s important that we as a society adopt measures to make sure everyone is empowered to contribute, and to be their best and most productive selves. That’s why today, Microsoft submitted comments in Read more »

Every Child Achieves Act will improve access to K-12 STEM learning nationwide

The U.S. Senate this week completed work on a major education overhaul that will increase access to STEM learning nationwide. We applaud the leadership of HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for ushering through legislation on a strong, bipartisan basis that advances some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy. Specifically, the Every Child Achieves Act includes: A provision offered by Sen. Al Read more »

Microsoft applauds bipartisan passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation

The following statement was issued by Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, after today’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: “While the issues are challenging, the bottom line is that today’s vote will grow 21st century jobs and investment in the United States. This is true not only for new sectors such as information technology, but for manufacturing as well, given its growing reliance on Read more »

Defining data privacy in a globally connected world

By 2020, researchers estimate that 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, taking advantage of technologies that bring us closer together and big data insights that could change the way we solve societal problems. At the same time, governments, companies and advocates are struggling to understand this new environment and establish the right regulations and laws to protect people’s privacy online. It’s a critical question – how do Read more »