Addressing the Plight of Refugees

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Earlier today I attended the 2010 Voices of Courage Awards luncheon in New York hosted by the Women’s Refugee Commission, an organization that advocates for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and displaced women and young people. The Women’s Refugee Commission emerged a decade ago as a leading advocate for protection of Read more »

Protecting Privacy in the Cloud

Posted by Annmarie Levins Associate General Counsel Today I am testifying before a House Judiciary Subcommittee that is contemplating reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), an important but increasingly outdated law passed by Congress in 1986. Microsoft is part of a broad coalition that supports modernization of the legislation. ECPA regulates whether and how law enforcement can compel third-party telecommunications and Internet service providers to disclose user account Read more »

Seeking Proposals to Help Veterans

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Last March I was privileged to announce an expansion of Microsoft’s Elevate America program to address the specific challenges that face U.S. military veterans and their spouses as they transition to civilian life. Our Elevate America Veterans Initiative will bring together a coalition of partners, through a competitive grant process, to provide veterans and their spouses with a host of Read more »

The Cyber Threat – Deconstructing the Problem to Promote Comprehensive Dialogue and Action

Posted by Scott Charney Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing It is clear to most that the Internet, and related technology advancements, provides significant benefits for individuals, enterprises and governments. However, as global connectivity has grown, so has the cyber threat. This is why Microsoft, along with the ecosystem at large, works to combat the cyber threat and help protect our customers through a variety of mechanisms, including using security-focused development Read more »

A Global Competition to Prepare for Tomorrow

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues This week in Washington, DC, Microsoft hosted the U.S. Finals for the eighth annual Imagine Cup, a global competition that challenges young people to develop new technologies to help achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Fred Humphries, managing director of federal government affairs, authored an op-ed, published Wednesday in The Hill, explaining the critically important purpose of the Imagine Cup: Read more »

IT and Innovation Driving Jobs and Economic Growth

Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs In a new report, a leading think tank singles out the IT industry as a major driver of U.S. job growth and suggests that the nation needs to do much more to promote continued IT innovation and job creation. Robert Atkinson and Scott Andes of The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) discovered from analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics data Read more »

Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day

Posted by Richard Wilder Associate General Counsel, IP Policy Its appeal may not be quite as obvious as National Hot Dog Day on July 23, but the annual commemoration marked on April 26,World Intellectual Property Day, really is a good reason to celebrate. Sure, a lot of acrimony often accompanies the discussion of IP issues. Current conventional wisdom teaches that intellectual property is all about exclusion, while warm and fuzzy Read more »

Globalizing Great Social Projects

Posted by Daniel Ben-Horin Founder and co-CEO, TechSoup GlobalAshoka Senior Fellow I had a rare opportunity last month to participate in the Tech4Society event at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. The event, convened by Ashoka and the Lemelson Foundation with financial support from Microsoft, got me thinking about how the bar has moved from finding great projects to spreading great projects. Ashoka, an organization dedicated to addressing Read more »

Using New and Existing Technologies to Advance Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Steve Lippman Director of Environmental Engagement This Earth Day, I am in Washington, D.C. with colleagues from Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team responding to increasing requests from policymakers, customers, researchers and others seeking insights about how information technology can help address pressing energy and environmental challenges. One of the highlights of my trip is the opportunity to facilitate a roundtable discussion on energy between members of Congress, administration officials, Read more »