Hot Topics in Computing: A Conversation with Microsoft President Brad Smith


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Microsoft President Brad Smith

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Virtual Event

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Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:30pm

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.

About Brad Smith

As Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. In his recent book that he co-authored with Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age, Brad showcases his deep thinking on these issues and how technology can serve humanity rather than be weaponized to inflict harm. The Australian Financial Review has described Smith as “one of the technology industry’s most respected figures,” and The New York Times has called him “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.”

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Presented by MIT Schwarzman College of Computing and CSAIL