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What people are saying about the new book ‘Tools and Weapons’ | Microsoft On The Issues

“When your technology changes the world,” he writes, “you bear a responsibility to help address the world that you have helped create.” And governments, he writes, “need to move faster and start to catch up with the pace of technology.” 

In a lengthy interview, Mr. Smith talked about the lessons he had learned from Microsoft’s past battles and what he saw as the future of tech policymaking – arguing for closer cooperation between the tech sector and the government. It’s a theme echoed in the book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,” which he wrote with Carol Ann Browne, a member of Microsoft’s communications staff.

The New York Times, Sept. 8, 2019


In 2019, a book about tech’s present and future impact on humankind that was relentlessly upbeat would feel out of whack with reality. But Smith’s Microsoft experience allowed him to take a measured look at major issues and possible solutions, a task he says he relished.

“There are some people that are steeped in technology, but they may not be steeped in the world of politics or policy,” Smith told me in a recent conversation. “There are some people who are steeped in the world of politics and policy, but they may not be steeped in technology. And most people are not actually steeped in either. But these issues impact them. And increasingly they matter to them.”

Fast Company, Sept. 8, 2019


In ‘Tools & Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,’ the longtime Microsoft executive and his co-author Carol Ann Browne tell the inside story of some of the biggest developments in tech and the world over the past decade – including Microsoft’s reaction to the Snowden revelations, its battle with Russian hackers in the lead up to the 2016 elections and its role in the ongoing debate over privacy and facial recognition technology.

The book goes behind-the-scenes at the Obama and Trump White Houses; explores the implications of the coming wave of artificial intelligence; and calls on tech giants and governments to step up and prepare for the ethical, legal and societal challenges of powerful new forms of technology yet to come.

-GeekWire, September 7, 2019


Tensions between the U.S. and China feature prominently in Smith’s new book, ‘Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.’ While Huawei is its own case, Smith worries that broader and tighter strictures could soon follow. The Commerce Department is considering new restrictions on the export of emerging technologies on which Microsoft has placed big bets, including artificial intelligence and quantum computing. “You can’t be a global technology leader if you can’t bring your technology to the globe,” he says.

-Bloomberg Businessweek, Sept. 7, 2019


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Trump HR plan may politicize federal workforce

The federal government’s HR operation may be one of the world’s largest, with responsibility for a federal workforce of 2.1 million. The Office of Personnel Management gives federal agencies policy expertise and HR technology advice. It is now embroiled in a debate about its future.

President Trump’s administration wants to merge OPM with the General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA manages federal real estate, but is also a center for technology expertise and creates vehicles for agencies to acquire technology and hire private sector professional services, including HR.

By merging OPM with GSA, the Trump administration said it will combine expertise, save about $23 million annually in administrative efficiencies and accelerate the modernizing of HR tech. But the proposal is generating a pushback from critics, who caution the move could fracture policy development and politicize employment decisions.

Splitting policy development between a handful of people in OMB and a group at GSA may make policies more likely to be driven by political concerns.
Jeffrey NealFormer chief human capital officer, Department of Homeland Security

The merger calls for giving federal workforce policy control to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The White House argued this change will help establish an enterprise-wide HR strategy for the federal government. The concern is this change will open the federal hiring to patronage where jobs could be awarded as election spoils.

“Splitting policy development between a handful of people in OMB and a group at GSA may make policies more likely to be driven by political concerns,” said Jeffrey Neal, former chief human capital officer for the Department of Homeland Security. He is a senior vice president at consulting and technology services provider ICF International Inc., in Fairfax, Va.

Moreover, Neal believes the plan could impede HR operations. “The merger would not give departments and agencies any authorities they do not already have and might impede the ability of the government to develop policies that could make the government more competitive in the labor market,” he said.

Federal workforce needs predictive analytics

Linda Springer, a former director of OPM, told lawmakers at a recent hearing about the proposal. She said OPM does need to improve some of its capabilities, such as “predictive analytics to anticipate the personnel management demands of the future and move to a proactive, rather than a reactive, posture.”

But Springer warned against the White House plan. It risks “tearing apart” an independent agency and putting it at risk of bad political practices, she said. 

“Is it reasonable for a White House office to issue policy guidance and review requests to appoint political appointees to competitive positions?” Springer said to lawmakers. “The proposal places federal personnel policy setting right back in a place where the spoils and patronage system had taken hold.”

House Democrats oppose the merger and recently voted to block the formation of OPM-GSA. A merger prohibition was included in the National Defense Authorization Act, a budget bill. The Senate has not acted on it.

OPM offers federal agencies acquisition assistance, which includes HR-related contract services. GSA awards contract vehicles for many of these services, “so an OPM-GSA merger would have little impact” on the contractors, said Ray Bjorklund, president of BirchGrove Consulting LLC, a federal contracting advisory firm.

OPM “must demonstrate certain aspects of its value to customer agencies,” Bjorklund said, otherwise agencies can do their own contracting. “I don’t think there will be much disruption in how the agencies contract for HR services,” he said, should the merger take place.

The “core value” of OPM is its policy expertise, and if the merger isn’t planned well, “some of the expertise now concentrated in OPM will get diluted,” Bjorklund said.

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For Sale – 2018 model (latest model) MacBook Pro 13″ space grey Touchbar 3 weeks old as new sold sold sold

Selling for a friend. Item is in my hands and I will take full responsibility for the sale.

Given as a work incentive this is the latest 2018 model MacBook pro 13″

13″ retina display Space Grey
latest i5 processor quad core (very fast)
8 gb ram
256SSD
Touch Bar and 4 USB-C ports
Truetone display (latest tech)
Warranty until 23rd August 2019 (just three weeks old)
Unmarked original condition, essentially brand new
No receipt as work incentive purchase but warranty as per screenshot and obviously AppleCare can still be purchased before the standard warranty expires.
Boxed with charger.
Battery count 3 (see pic)

Not much more to say really, the latest tech at almost £500 off the RRP and is something of a bargain for someone looking to buy the latest Apple tech at a reduced price.

Price is £1250 inclusive of next day special delivery postage (Royal Mail)

Bank transfer only SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

Local pickup more than welcome and I’ll knock off the postage and call it £1220

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer only
Location: Banbridge County Down Northern Ireland
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For Sale – 2018 model (latest model) MacBook Pro 13″ space grey Touchbar 3 weeks old as new sold sold sold

Selling for a friend. Item is in my hands and I will take full responsibility for the sale.

Given as a work incentive this is the latest 2018 model MacBook pro 13″

13″ retina display Space Grey
latest i5 processor quad core (very fast)
8 gb ram
256SSD
Touch Bar and 4 USB-C ports
Truetone display (latest tech)
Warranty until 23rd August 2019 (just three weeks old)
Unmarked original condition, essentially brand new
No receipt as work incentive purchase but warranty as per screenshot and obviously AppleCare can still be purchased before the standard warranty expires.
Boxed with charger.
Battery count 3 (see pic)

Not much more to say really, the latest tech at almost £500 off the RRP and is something of a bargain for someone looking to buy the latest Apple tech at a reduced price.

Price is £1250 inclusive of next day special delivery postage (Royal Mail)

Bank transfer only SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

Local pickup more than welcome and I’ll knock off the postage and call it £1220

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer only
Location: Banbridge County Down Northern Ireland
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 2 Geforce GTX 980 Graphic cards with bridge

I take full responsibility for this, my son has 2 EVGA Geforce GTX 980 with sli bridge, light use over the past 18 months, he has just upgraded.

Looking for £500 for the whole lot posted mainland UK

Price and currency: 500
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT PPG
Location: East Sussex
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For Sale – 2 Geforce GTX 980 Graphic cards with bridge

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Looking for £500 for the whole lot posted mainland UK

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For Sale – 2 Geforce GTX 980 Graphic cards with bridge

I take full responsibility for this, my son has 2 EVGA Geforce GTX 980 with sli bridge, light use over the past 18 months, he has just upgraded.

Looking for £500 for the whole lot posted mainland UK

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Location: East Sussex
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For Sale – 2 Geforce GTX 980 Graphic cards with bridge

I take full responsibility for this, my son has 2 EVGA Geforce GTX 980 with sli bridge, light use over the past 18 months, he has just upgraded.

Looking for £500 for the whole lot posted mainland UK

Price and currency: 500
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT PPG
Location: East Sussex
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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