Microsoft President Brad Smith believes that when technology changes the world, the company that created it bears a responsibility to help address the world they played a part in creating. Tech companies and governments must work together to address the challenges and adapt to the changes technology has unleashed. This includes addressing a wide range of challenges from digital security to efforts to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the next Hot Topics in Computing, Dan Huttenlocher, dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, will welcome Brad Smith for a [virtual] conversation with Daniela Rus, deputy dean of research for the Schwarzman College of Computing and director of CSAIL, to address some of the greatest issues faced by industry and society today.
Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.