Ten years of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative

In 2002, Bill Gates wrote an email to all Microsoft employees that made trustworthy computing – including security, privacy and reliability – the top priority for the company. Ten years on, Microsoft continues its dedication to these objectives, which we refer to as the Trustworthy Computing initiative. The objective is to improve our products and…


The technology behind managing digital identities

This week Microsoft was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Identity Conference 2012 on Managing Digital Identity in a Networked World, organised by the Victoria University of Wellington. There are many facets to the dialogue on digital identity. It is woven of philosophy, context, technology, security, privacy, and individual rights and freedoms….


Congratulations to Team Mobile Eye

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a competition that encourages students to solve the world’s toughest problems. Visual impairment is one of those, and Team Mobile Eye from AUT took on the challenge. Their winning solution is a mobile app to assist people with visual impairment to “see” the world around them, through a combination of computer…


The new and the old of cloud privacy

Yesterday I was honoured to have an opportunity to speak briefly at the Privacy Commissioner’s Privacy Forum,  titled “Think Big?  Privacy in the age of big data”. A question was put to a panel by Vikram Kumar from InternetNZ as follows: “There are many real privacy risks in relation to cloud services. There also many misconceptions….