Congress must update our outdated privacy laws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 »

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

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 »

Rebalancing the data asymmetry

A combination of ubiquitous data, analytics and machine learning is ushering in a transition from the information economy to a knowledge economy – where growth is driven primarily by the production of new ideas, insights, and knowledge. However, data-driven economies are reliant on a dependable supply of data to be sustainable. The current imbalance between the amount of data about individuals held by or accessible to institutions, and the inability Read more »

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 »

Demonstrating the Power of Super Wi-Fi at Rio+20

Since 2004, I’ve been working closely with more than 40 international organizations, including UN organizations, regional development banks and bilateral aid agencies – cultivating long-term and rewarding public-private partnerships. At Microsoft, we have worked hard to prioritize these relationships to see how technology can help achieve shared sustainable development goals and achieve real impact amongst underserved communities. This week I’m in Rio de Janeiro with several colleagues for the United 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 »

Incentive Auctions, Smart Radio Technology and Unlicensed Spectrum – Tools to Meet the Exploding Wireless Broadband Demand

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft There is little dispute about the rapidly growing demand for wireless broadband connectivity and the strain it places on wireless networks. Policymakers can help to find more spectrum to enable the many devices consumers use to connect to the Internet and to each other. To help industry keep pace with consumer demand, policymakers must act quickly to adopt incentive auction policies, Read more »

New Innovations in IT Support Environmental Sustainability in Africa

This week, I’m in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Chief Executive Briefing, where Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, launched the UN’s new energy neutral Nairobi office building. The building is the first of its kind for the UN in Africa and is a global showcase of sustainable design and technology. We are proud to be part of UNEP’s inspirational goal of supporting forward-thinking and environmentally responsible technology – Read more »

Microsoft, Atlantic Partner to Explore Strengthening the Innovation Economy

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft During last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama stated, “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives; it’s how we make a living.” The president’s words are a great reminder about the role technology plays in strengthening the American economy. The end of 2010 showed an increase in consumer confidence, consumer spending and an overall strong gross domestic product, Read more »