Protecting innovation in the cloud

Rapid advancements in cloud computing are creating new capabilities, insights and efficiencies, allowing businesses big and small to transform the way they deliver products and services. As this transformation accelerates, virtually every company in every sector of the economy is becoming in part a digital business. And as a digital business, it must master the new legal challenges that come with participation in the booming digital economy.

Brad Smith speaks on rules for the digital economy at DLD Munich

“We need a new generation of law; one that will match technology, ensure technology is global, and ensure people’s rights are respected.” This was the rallying cry from Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, speaking at the DLD conference in Munich yesterday. Smith joined David Kirkpatrick, founder, host, and CEO of Techonomy, to discuss the rights and responsibilities of global technology companies in the cloud era, and to … Read more »

Laying the foundations for a data-driven European economy

Less than two weeks into the New Year, and we have our first digital milestone moment of 2017. Yesterday saw the presentation of the final building blocks for Europe’s Digital Single Market: the European Commission’s Communication on Building a European Data Economy, the proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, and a Communication on Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a Globalised World. All of these initiatives will help Europe … Read more »

Microsoft’s commitment to moving technology forward without leaving timeless values behind

The prevailing sentiment at the Internet & Social Media Law conference which took place in London this week was the importance of ensuring rules of conduct and laws for new technologies that respect timeless rights and values. There was a lot of discussion about the need to ensure that the kinds of traditional protections that we have all had, not just for years but for centuries, for information that is … Read more »

Baltic Sea (Digital) Region: Staying in the Lead

Today in Stockholm, politicians, businesses and civil society are gathering to mark the 18th annual Baltic Development Forum (BDF) Summit. Since 1999, the Summit has sought to foster cross-sectorial dialogue and find common ground in a rapidly-evolving world. Nowhere is this rapid evolution more noticeable than in the ICT sphere. The Baltic Sea Region has established itself firmly as one of the world’s leading technological hubs, with the right skills, … Read more »

Building a cloud for global good

Today Satya Nadella and I are in Dublin. It’s the first stop on a trip that will also take us to Paris and Berlin, with Satya also visiting London. We’re spending this week meeting with customers, partners, developers and government leaders. We’ll talk about how the Microsoft Cloud is driving the transformation of businesses and industries across Europe and around the world. We’ll talk about how our customers have harnessed … Read more »

Setting the right framework for future-driven e-communications in Europe

Today the Commission announced the new European Electronic Communications Code, the long-awaited reform to the EU’s regulatory framework for electronic communications, a central pillar of the Digital Single Market. Over the past years, affordable and nearly ubiquitous connectivity has led to the emergence of innovative internet-based services, including new kinds of communications applications such as Skype, Viber, Vox.io, FaceTime, Google Voice or WhatsApp, providing greater choice for Europeans from Prague … Read more »

The role of the Legal & Compliance Community in shaping the future of technology

Legal and Compliance professionals have an important role to play in helping shape the future of technology and cloud computing in particular. That was highlighted at today’s 28th Global Legal ConfEx, where I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote discussing the role of the Legal and Compliance community at a time of great uncertainty. The opportunities offered by cloud computing are big, as many of us who work with … Read more »

Accessibility in the workplace – a competitive edge

People across Europe increasingly rely on technology to get their jobs done. But if you have a disability, this can be a challenge. Almost half (48%) of all EU citizens living with disabilities are unemployed. This means over 38 million people are missing out on the opportunity to participate fully and equally in society. Improving this state of affairs by creating workplaces adapted to the needs of those with disabilities … Read more »

What’s Next for Blockchain: Technology, Economics and Regulation

Interest in blockchain technology is increasing throughout Europe. Just recently, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on virtual currencies calling on the Commission to establish a task force to study blockchain and distributed ledger technology. The resolution notes that blockchain has “the potential to contribute positively to citizens’ welfare and economic development” by, for example, dramatically lowering transaction costs for payments, as well as enhancing the payment systems’ speed and … Read more »