Microsoft Research and The America21 Project Partnering to Put Urban Focus on STEM, Technology

Posted by Rob KniesManaging Editor, Microsoft Research On Feb. 20, Microsoft Research, in conjunction with The America21 Project, announced the three pilot cities for the Activate Local Communities Across America Initiative (ALC): Chicago, Portland, Ore. and Cambridge, Mass. The ALC, which grew out of a challenge last summer from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and was featured Jan. 31 during the White House Tech Inclusion Summit, Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 24th Edition

In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on cybersecurity, e-mail privacy and new research that seeks to weigh in on the recent debate on whether college is still worth the investment. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to focus on cybersecurity. FERC announced on Sept. 20 that it will create a new office intended to help the agency focus on “potential cyber and physical security risks to Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 20th Edition

In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we’ve included stories on making political donations via wireless texting, spectrum sharing, post-secondary financial aid and jobs data and more. Federal Election Commission clears the way for political donations via wireless text. Americans are one step closer to being able to make political contributions via their phones’ text messaging capabilities, Bloomberg recently reported. On Aug. 15, the FEC ruled that wireless Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 6th Edition

This edition of The Week in Tech Policy has stories on higher education, online privacy guidelines for children, wireless spectrum and more. Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s assess higher education’s financial health. Two major credit agencies have reached the conclusion that the high education industry’s financial risks have intensified since the start of 2012. Why? According to the University of Washington’s Office of Planning & Budgeting Blog, “both agencies noted that…state Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy – July 23rd Edition

In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on cybersecurity, college affordability and STEM education and the H-1B visa program. Bipartisan Policy Center: Improved information sharing on cyberthreats needed. In a report issued on July 19, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Cybersecurity Task Force called for Congress to “pass legislation that encourages industry to share information about cyber threats spotted on their computer networks with the government,” Read more »

White House Announcement Sets Course for Privacy

Consumer trust is vital to the growth of a vibrant Internet, and respect for privacy – putting people first – is essential to earning and maintaining that trust. Today’s release by the White House of their framework signifies an important milestone in the evolution of privacy interests of Americans and individuals around the world. The Administration’s policy promotes an environment of transparency and meaningful privacy choices. Further, we are hopeful Read more »

White House CTO Talks Future of Tech in 2012 with Microsoft and Politico

Earlier today, Microsoft and Politico hosted a conversation with White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra on the future of technology at Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The event, moderated by Politico tech policy writers, featured an interactive discussion covering the top tech issues of 2012, including privacy, piracy, patent law and spectrum reform. An overall theme that emerged was the vital role of technology innovation in Read more »

Microsoft to Host Conversation with Politico on Jan. 23

Ahead of President Obama’s Jan. 24 State of the Union Address, White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will be the featured guest on Jan. 23 at a joint Microsoft-POLITICO “innovation conversation” at Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Reporters from POLITICO will be on hand to ask Chopra about the status of the President’s innovation agenda, to preview the State of the Union speech, and to get Read more »