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Microsoft execs: Big Tech and democracy need to work together

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It's not often that Big Tech calls for more government action. But two top Microsoft executives — Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, and Carol Ann Browne, director of executive communications — write in a tech trends forecast out today.

  • "2018 will be a year when democratic governments can either work together to safeguard electoral processes or face a future where democracy is more fragile."
  • "[T]his needs to include work to protect campaigns from hacking, address social media issues, ensure the integrity of voting results, and protect vital census processes."
  • "While technology companies have a high responsibility to help, there is no substitute for the effective and unified voices of democratic governments themselves."