Microsoft President Brad Smith on Digital Privacy
On May 24, 2017, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism why Congress needs to update digital privacy and data access laws for today’s cross-border cloud computing technology. Read about & watch his testimony.
Computer Science In K-12 Classrooms
The United States leads the world in technology innovation, but only one in four K-12 schools teach computer science education, jeopardizing our leadership. We can and must do better!Read More & Take Action
Senate Hearing Highlights Need to Update Data Privacy and Access Laws
On May 24, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on a critical digital policy issue, “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders: Facilitating Cooperation and ...Read More
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“Customers want their rights protected by their own country’s laws. Americans want that, citizens everywhere want that. So the fundamental challenge that we’ve been dealing with is concerns by other people that their rights are not being protected by laws when you have these extraterritorial warrants.” – Brad Smith, president, Microsoft
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The Need to Modernize Data Privacy Laws for the Cloud Computing Age Current digital privacy law—the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)—was enacted in 1986, before the invention of the Web and the emergence of global cloud computing. Simply put, U.S. law no longer (...)
The United States leads the world in technology innovation, but our leadership is jeopardized by insufficient support for computer science education in our nation’s K-12 schools. Today, even as our economy is increasingly driven by information technology, only one of four K-12 schools (...)
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