How today’s creativity will inform our entertainment of the future

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Editor’s Note:The following post by Rob Knies originally appeared on the Inside Microsoft Research blog . Mary Czerwinski and Kati London of Microsoft Research will be participating in the Creativity Conference, a Washington, D.C., event that will examine how creators and makers are shaping our future. What does the “creative process” really mean? Where do creative ideas come from? What is the relationship between creativity and technology? Answering these questions, Read more »

Microsoft Partners with National Journal, The Atlantic for “Conversations with the Next Generation”

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This summer, the people of the United States will look to Charlotte and Tampa as political leaders from across the country gather to lay out their vision for the future. Younger voters in particular have a stake in the course that will be charted in each city. They remain a pivotal voting block for the candidate who will best address their issues and concerns regarding jobs, education, political accountability and Read more »

Microsoft on National Cyber Security Month: Everyone Must Do Their Part

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S. and around the world. This year’s official launch is taking place in Ypsilanti, Michigan to coincide with the Michigan Cyber Summit 2011. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, other state officials, and I shared the stage just a few hours ago kicking off NCSAM 2011. I represented Read more »

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools Program Grows by Leaps and Bounds

Let’s say you are a recent college graduate with a computer science degree, and you are passionate about education. Would you follow your passion by choosing a job in the classroom if you knew your starting salary would be approximately half the salary of a job in the technology industry? Kevin Wang, a Microsoft software engineer who started out his career as a high school computer science teacher, is showing Read more »

Microsoft Offers its Support for the Protect IP Act

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 – the PROTECT IP Act. We support the goals and approach of this important legislation, and urge the committee to report it. The PROTECT IP Act is aimed at providing new tools to challenge the proliferation of “rogue sites” — Internet sites that are dedicated to infringing Read more »

Facebook to Use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology to Combat Child Exploitation

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post authored by Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In late 2009, I wrote on this blog about PhotoDNA, an important technological step forward in preventing the spread of child sexual exploitation online. Microsoft donated PhotoDNA, a technology created by Microsoft Research in cooperation with Dartmouth College professor Hany Farid, to the National Center for Read more »

Hiring America’s Heroes

Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (D-WA), is to be commended for introducing the Hiring Heroes Act (S. 951) this week. It is important legislation designed to help American veterans translate their skills into language U.S. employers can understand. Sen. Murray’s bill is leading the way by providing significant support to our veterans as they return to civilian life and easing the transition from the military Read more »

Commitment to consumer privacy in Windows Phone 7

Many consumers and policymakers are asking important questions about how today’s phones are collecting and using information about a phone user’s location. The discussion has intensified over the past few weeks when the practices of two other companies in the mobile market were called into question. As a result, several members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to a number of companies that provide mobile phone services seeking Read more »

What’s at Stake in Microsoft v. i4i

Today, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Microsoft v. i4i, which industry watchers have described as the most important and far-reaching intellectual property case of the year. As general counsels for prominent innovators in the United States today, we could not agree more. The case revolves around the standard of proof that must be met by those who seek to challenge the validity of a patent in court. The Read more »