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Something extraordinary happened in Washington, D.C., yesterday – Microsoft on the Issues

Something extraordinary happened in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

Members of Congress took the same position as members of the European Parliament. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce approvingly quoted a statement by the European Commission. Business groups and big companies agreed with consumer and privacy advocates. Faculty from Harvard joined with professors from Princeton. Professors from Duke joined rivals from the University of North Carolina, while those at Berkeley sided with Stanford. And Fox News agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union.

What’s the occasion for such agreement between so many people with different points of view? It was the filing of amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark Microsoft case that will decide whether the U.S. government can use a search warrant to force a company to seize a customer’s private emails stored in Ireland and import them to the United States. On Thursday, 289 different groups and individuals from 37 countries signed 23 different legal briefs supporting Microsoft’s position that Congress never gave law enforcement the power to ignore treaties and breach Ireland’s sovereignty in this way. How could it? The government relies on a law that was enacted in 1986, before anyone conceived of cloud computing.

This is not to say that law enforcement never needs to access emails in other countries. Since we filed this lawsuit in 2013, we’ve said repeatedly that there are times when this is necessary to protect public safety.

But as 51 prominent computer scientists explained in their legal brief yesterday, emails are stored in known physical locations, on hard drives, in datacenter facilities. When the U.S. government requires a tech company to execute a warrant for emails stored overseas, the provider must search a foreign datacenter and make a copy abroad, and then import that copy to the United States. This creates a complex issue with huge international consequences. It shouldn’t be resolved by taking the law to a place it was never intended to go.

If anyone had doubts that this case has international ramifications, they were laid to rest by the list of governments that last month or this week either joined amicus briefs or made public statements supporting key parts of Microsoft’s position. The list includes Ireland, France, the European Commission, European privacy regulators and members of the European Parliament, to name just some of those involved. Supreme Court cases almost never garner this level of engagement from foreign governments and officials.

As these officials have explained, the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to seize foreign customers’ emails from other countries ignores borders, treaties and international law, as well as the laws those countries have in place to protect the privacy of their own citizens. As the French government stated on Monday, it’s a path that creates “a significant risk of conflict of laws.” And as the tech sector appreciates all too well, that’s a conflict that will leave tech companies and consumers caught in the middle.

It’s also a path that will lead to the doorsteps of American homes by putting the privacy of U.S. citizens’ emails at risk. If the U.S. government obtains the power to search and seize foreign citizens’ private communications physically stored in other countries, it will invite other governments to do the same thing. If we ignore other countries’ laws, how can we demand that they respect our laws? That’s part of why public interest groups, such as the Brennan Center for Justice and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, are watching this case so closely.

The DOJ’s position also bodes ill for the U.S. economy and American jobs. Right now, U.S. companies are world leaders in providing cloud services. That leadership position is based on trust. But if the U.S. government can assert this type of unilateral power to reach into datacenters that are operated by U.S. companies in other countries, foreign countries and foreign customers will question their ability to trust American companies.

Ultimately the courts – including the Supreme Court – can decide only whether the DOJ’s approach passes muster under current law. That’s a blunt instrument. The courts are not able to write a new law. Under our Constitution, only Congress can do that, using its tools to craft a nuanced solution that balances all the competing concerns by enacting a statute for the 21st century.

Everyone on both sides of this case agrees that these are real problems that need real solutions. But they need to be crafted with a scalpel, not a meat cleaver.

And as so many groups across the political spectrum and countries now agree, let’s hope the Supreme Court leaves it to Congress to do just that.

Find all 23 amicus briefs here.

Find the full list of signatories here.

Microsoft’s brief can be viewed here.

Tags: data privacy, datacenters, U.S. Supreme Court, warrant

Microsoft advances Microsoft Software & Systems Academy expansion goals with Quantico ribbon-cutting ceremony – Microsoft on the Issues

Microsoft set a vision to empower transitioning military service members and the veteran community with the opportunity to receive relevant training that could lead to meaningful careers. On Monday, the company held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) on Marine Corps Base Quantico. With the program’s growing availability, service members from coast to coast will be able to participate in technical training and career development. MSSA Quantico will focus specifically on meeting the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals.

The ceremony, which was held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, started with welcoming remarks from Col. Joseph M. Murray, Commander, Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region – Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Other speakers included U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Dr. Barry Butler, president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU); Marc Langlois, senior director, Department of Navy at Microsoft; and Brig. Gen. Kurt W. Stein, director of Marine and Family programs, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Barry Butler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University president, delivers remarks at Quantico
Dr. Barry Butler, president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, delivers remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) at Quantico on Jan. 8, 2018.

“Your courage. Your dedication to others. Your ability to work together as a tight knit team. Your adaptability and accountability – these are qualities you have developed in the most challenging of environments,” said Marc Langlois, senior director, Department of Navy at Microsoft, speaking to the first cohort of students for MSSA Quantico.

“MSSA Quantico Cohort A, we don’t just think you are ready to learn. We know you are ready.”

Rep. Wittman also spoke to the group about the importance of programs like MSSA to train our transitioning service members and veterans.

“What a great combination of innovation and creation from the private side to the public side, who are putting that together for the betterment of our nation… [MSSA] is the first step of many steps of developing this skill set that exists here in the Marine Corps.”

The Quantico campus is the first of four scheduled MSSA launches in early 2018 on the Eastern Seaboard, and will complete Microsoft’s 2015 goal of opening nine regions servicing 14 bases. In the months ahead, Microsoft will open MSSA programs at Camp Lejeune, Naval Station Norfolk, and the Jacksonville Community Campus (near Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport).

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green speaks with Rep. Rob Wittman
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green, left, speaks with Rep. Rob Wittman following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for MSSA at Quantico on Jan. 8, 2018.

Since launching MSSA in November 2013 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington, Microsoft has worked with education partners ERAU and St. Martin’s University to create a successful and proven model for reskilling our nation’s heroes and preparing them for meaningful careers in technology. This cornerstone of the DoD Skillbridge program helps the industry overall, helps veterans and helps our country build a stronger workforce to compete on the world stage. In the past four years, the company has grown its hiring partner network to more than 240 companies, including Dell, Expedia, Accenture, Capgemeni and the Department of Defense, with an average starting salary of $70,000.

To learn more about MSSA at Quantico, visit military.microsoft.com/mssa.

Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon presents the colors
The Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon presents the colors during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for MSSA at Quantico on Jan. 8, 2018.

Tags: Education and Jobs, military, MSSA, veterans

For Sale – NEW Razer Kraken Pro V2 Headset

Hi All. New here so will be willing to go first for mods or extremely trusted members. Else I will take PayPal at an extra cost to cover the fees and you will be covered by buyer’s protection

Price and currency: £65 BT or £70 PayPal non-gift
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PayPal
Location: Birmingham, collection available and will personally deliver within 10 miles.
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Dell Optiplex 7010 w/ Intel Core I7 3770 & 128GB SSD & 12GB DDR3

Looking to sell My Dell 7010. This was a family members old system so never saw much heavy use. I could swap out the 128GB SSD for a 160GB HDD for £30 less if you have your own storage. The desktop is in very good condition and could easily be made into a very capable gaming machine with a low powered card like the 1050 ti.

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Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / Paypal
Location: Northampton
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Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

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  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Dell Optiplex 7010 w/ Intel Core I7 3770 & 128GB SSD & 12GB DDR3

Looking to sell My Dell 7010. This was a family members old system so never saw much heavy use. I could swap out the 128GB SSD for a 160GB HDD for £30 less if you have your own storage. The desktop is in very good condition and could easily be made into a very capable gaming machine with a low powered card like the 1050 ti.

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Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / Paypal
Location: Northampton
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Dell Optiplex 7010 w/ Intel Core I7 3770 & 128GB SSD & 12GB DDR3

Looking to sell My Dell 7010. This was a family members old system so never saw much heavy use. I could swap out the 128GB SSD for a 160GB HDD for £30 less if you have your own storage. The desktop is in very good condition and could easily be made into a very capable gaming machine with a low powered card like the 1050 ti.

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Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / Paypal
Location: Northampton
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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Xbox Live Gold Members Can Now Get A Jump Start On Black Friday Savings

Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of great deals on Xbox digital games during the Black Friday Gold Early Access sale. Xbox Live Gold members enjoy an exclusive 4-day head start on Black Friday, with savings up to 65% on Xbox digital games, movies, and TV shows. Plus, Xbox Live Gold members receive up to 10% more in savings on top of existing Black Friday game deals. Gold Early Access lasts until November 20, so now’s a great time to find that perfect gift for yourself, friends, or family.

    

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Save Up to 65% on More Than 500 Black Friday Deals

This year there are more than 500 Black Friday deals on popular Xbox games and add-ons including Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe, Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe, FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, Assassins Creed Origins, and many more. And don’t forget the many Xbox 360 fan favorites on sale, playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Red Dead Redemption, Skate 3, and more.

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Black Friday deals will be available to everyone starting November 21, so check out Xbox.com to take advantage of these great deals before they end on November 27, 2017.

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4GB DDR 2 SO-Dimm for Dell laptop.

Do any forum members have a spare 4GB ddr2 so-dimm knocking about that they no longer require please?

I’m looking to upgrade the ram on a Dell 1545 laptop that would appear to be able to accept either 667 or 800 ddr2 sticks.

Many thanks in advance

Location: Marlborough

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Meet the Azure Analysis Services team at PASS Summit 2017

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Members from the Azure Analysis Services team will be presenting two sessions at this years PASS Summit 2017 in Seattle, WA. Members will also be available in the SQL Clinic to directly answer your Analysis Services questions in a one-on-one setting. Sessions include the following:

Creating Enterprise Grade BI Models with Azure Analysis Services or SQL Server Analysis Services

Speakers: Bret Grinslade and Christian Wade

Level: 400

Microsoft Azure Analysis Services and SQL Server Analysis Services enable you to build comprehensive, enterprise-scale analytic solutions that deliver actionable insights through familiar data visualization tools such as Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Excel. Analysis Services enables consistent data across reports and users of Power BI. This session will reveal new features for large, enterprise models in the areas of performance, scalability, model management, and monitoring. Learn how to use these new features to deliver tabular models of unprecedented scale with easy data loading and simplified user consumption.

Deliver Enterprise BI on Big Data

Speakers: Bret Grinslade and Josh Caplan

Level: 300

Learn how to deliver analytics at the speed of thought with Azure Analysis Services on top of a petabyte-scale SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Data Lake, or HDInsight implementation. This session will cover best practices for managing, processing, and query accelerating at scale, implementing change management for data governance, and designing for performance and security. These advanced techniques will be demonstrated thorough an actual implementation including architecture, code, data flows, along with tips and tricks.

Learn more about PASS Summit 2017. We hope to see you there.

Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good holds inaugural summit on improving civility online – Microsoft on the Issues

On Aug. 2 and 3, we welcomed to our Redmond, Washington campus members of our inaugural Council for Digital Good – 15 teens from across the U.S. selected to explore the state of digital civility and how together we can foster safer and healthier online interactions for everyone.

Photo of inaugural Council for Digital Good – 15 teens from across the U.S. selected to explore the state of digital civility
© Chris Neir, Digital Media Specialist Back row from left: Bronte Johnson, Rees Draminski, Jacob Sedesse, Robert Buckley, William Fischer. Front row from left: Katherine Choi, Miosotis Ramos, Champe Scoble, Judah Siegand, Christina Woodrow, Sierra Williams-Mcleod, Erin Roberts, Isabella Wang, Indigo Eatmon, Jazmine Harry.

We also invited one parent or chaperone to accompany each teen council member and we aimed to engage this group, as well. The two-day summit was jam-packed with council-only and full-group discussions; educational panels; presentations by, and interactive sessions with, guest speakers; and some fun in downtown Seattle. Teen council members came ready to share their views and make new friends. They also got a glimpse into everyday life at Microsoft, which came largely in the form of a 90-minute “speed-mentoring” session with 16 employees from a variety of disciplines and teams across the company.

Day One highlights: The state of online interaction

Day One’s theme was the state of online interaction “today” and “tomorrow.” In the months leading up to the summit, we got to know the council members through conference calls, email and social media connections. We were aware of some of their concerns: online bullying, harassment, hate speech and anonymity that can enable the spread of negativity. They were eager to learn and to devise ways to help their peers and communities lead safer, healthier online lives.

An in-depth discussion the first morning surfaced five, interrelated issues of chief concern to the teen council members:

  • Self-obsession and the need to constantly post and share personal information
  • Addiction” to screens, connectedness, likes and followers
  • Social posturing to frame one’s online image as positive, provocative, exciting or enviable
  • A lack of authenticity and transparency that inhibits individuals from being their true selves online, and
  • The prevalence of online hate.

Here are a few comments that helped to synthesize this short list of issues:

  • “Online, everyone only shares the good things going on in their lives, so people think their lives are perfect.”
  • “There are people out there that just like drama.”
  • “You can be so many different people online.”
  • “Being online gives you a false sense of security. You can say whatever you want to whomever you want without any real-life repercussions.”
  • Online, “people unpack their baggage on you.”
  • “It’s (unthinkable) that you will not be harassed online.”
  • “So much of what’s online comes from observational learning – modeling bad behavior in others.”

One council member even reflectively wished a parent would have questioned years ago whether the teen was “ready for social media.” Nearly all council members said they had social media profiles before age 13 and with parental permission. One started at age 8.

Parents want to get involved

Parents and chaperones acknowledged the nearly immeasurable benefits of the internet and life online, but were both shaken and excited by what they heard on Day One. “I need all of this information because I’m going back (to the school and community) to share this with everyone I know,” remarked one mother.

While the teen council members discussed online experiences, parents and chaperones received an overview of online safety, toured the Microsoft Cyber Crime Center, and heard from one of two guest speakers. They were eager for information on how to avoid risks and to better protect themselves and their families. We pointed to the wealth of information at our website and on our resources page, and offered handouts on topics such as sexting, online bullying and the need for online reputation management. We also shared findings from our new Microsoft research that served as the foundation for our current campaign for digital civility — leading with empathy and kindness in all online interactions and treating each other with respect and dignity.

Day Two highlights:  Teen council members craft individual manifestos

Our teen council members knew ahead of the summit that once on site, we would ask them to draft individual “manifestos” for life online, each containing between 10 and 15 points. We left the task deliberately vague to spark interpretation and creativity among the group. Still, the points, we said, should provide general online behavioral guidance and offer calls to action to promote healthy interactions. Council members drew from the learning and perspectives gained on Day One, which helped them clarify their thinking and craft their manifestos. What each of them came up with in rather short order is truly remarkable. We were thoroughly impressed by the deep insights and clarity of thought that emerged. A few abbreviated highlights include:

  • Think critically
  • Earn and show respect
  • Build confidence in oneself and others
  • Think beyond “likes and followers,” and
  • One of my (many!) personal favorites: “Promote ‘life literacy’ — advocate for understanding of the media, government, corporations and basic social situations.”

Next steps for the council

The teen council members’ next assignment is to produce in about a month’s time a creative or artistic work that gives life to the words of their individual manifestos, both of which will be featured on our website. We’ve recruited musicians, dancers and sports and technology enthusiasts, so we’re eager to see what each teen council member creates. After the artistic assignments, we’ll give the council time to come together further as a cohort, as they draft a single manifesto from the entire group. The target timeline for completion is just before Thanksgiving in the U.S., and we also intend to share this on our website. Throughout the fall and winter months, we will continue to offer council members opportunities to provide their feedback and views on a variety of projects, programs and campaigns from both Microsoft and our partners.

Many ‘thank yous’

I want to thank the Microsoft mentors, presenters, speakers and team members who helped make this summer summit a success. Also, thanks go to special guests, author Rosalind Wiseman from Cultures of Dignity (each of the teens – and even some family members – read one of her books prior to the summit); and Nicholas Carlisle, CEO of NoBully.org. Their contributions were invaluable, and the participants really enjoyed hearing from them. Most importantly, I want to thank the teen council members and parents and chaperones for their time, dedication and energy; you have given us a great gift of your perspectives and insights. Now, it’s up to us to start to take those forward.

At Microsoft, we’re driven to grow a kinder, more empathetic and respectful online world, and we are further emboldened to do so in partnership with this amazing group of young people!

You can follow council activities on our Facebook page and via Twitter using: #CouncilforDigitalGood.

Tags: Council for Digital Good, digital civility