Skype (part of Microsoft)

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Skype was wholly owned by eBay from September 2005 to October 2009 and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype was acquired by Microsoft in May 2011.

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6 June 2013

Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

Author: Barton Gellman & Laura Poitras, Washington Post

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign...

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21 March 2013

Microsoft Releases 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

Author: Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

[W]e are releasing our 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report...It provides data on the number of requests we received from law enforcement agencies around the world relating to Microsoft online and cloud services and how we responded to those requests...

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30 January 2013

Open Letter to Skype - From Concerned Privacy Advocates, Internet Activists, Journalists & Other Organizations

Author: Signatories include organizations & individuals

[W]e believe that from the time of the original announcement of a merger in October 2011, and on the eve of Microsoft’s integration of Skype into many of its key software and services, the time has come for Microsoft to publicly document Skype’s...

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26 January 2012

Business expertise tapped for smarter disaster aid

Author: Megan Rowling, AlertNet

From shipping supplies into disaster zones to setting up emergency telecoms networks and sending aid payments via phones, businesses are increasingly donating cash and expertise to help people hit by humanitarian crises...Some aid workers are troubled...

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8 December 2011

Russian site snubs FSB request to block opposition

Author: Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters

Russia's top social networking site...defiantly rejected a request by the Federal Security Service to block opposition groups from using it to organize street protests accusing the authorities of rigging this week's election..."We received a request...

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26 October 2011

Internet role in human rights gets spotlight

Author: AFP

Technology titans and political activists are grappling with how to make social responsibility and human rights part of the fabric of doing business on the Internet...The goal of the conference was to collaborate on principles for entrepreneurs to...

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1 October 2011
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Author: María Prandi, Juan Andrés Cano y Daniel Arenas, Escola de Cultura de Pau, Instituto de Innovación Social, Universidad de Barcelona [España]

¿Cómo coordinar mejor la colaboración de las empresas en las crisis humanitarias? ¿Cuáles son los retos y los dilemas para las empresas, los Gobiernos, las ONG y las organizaciones internacionales? ¿Dónde deben establecer las empresas los límites entre...

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15 September 2011

Thai Clamp-Down on Internet Traffic Worries Companies

Author: James Hookway, Wall Street Journal

Global companies are growing increasingly worried that Thailand's recent clamp-down on Internet traffic might drag down the country's economic potential and make it more difficult to expand there...[Critics say] Internet monitoring laws...[are] being...

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12 December 2010

Skype aids communications for remote UN refugee workers

Author: Antony Savvas, Computerworld UK

Humanitarian workers in the most remote parts of the world are being given a low-cost way to communicate with colleagues, friends and families as a result of a partnership between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Skype. ...

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9 November 2010

Right Respect Report: The State Secrets Privilege and the Supreme Court

Author: Shannon Mackenzie Orr, Right Respect

...[A] set of corporate cases [before the US Supreme Court] may have important implications for human rights advocates around the world, General Dynamics Corp. v. United States...and The Boeing Company v. United States...[They] will address...the...

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