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Microsoft President Brad Smith's 5 Most Important Statements At Inspire 2018

Microsoft's president and chief legal officer spoke about growing cybersecurity threats, AI ethics and his company's acquisition of GitHub during the Inspire partner conference.

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Taking Responsibility In Tech

While Microsoft channel leaders took to the Inspire 2018 stage Monday to talk chiefly about opportunities for Microsoft and its partners, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith had a different focus. Smith used his keynote during the Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas to highlight the key responsibilities he sees for Microsoft and the rest of the tech industry -- and for governments worldwide, too. Smith's wide-ranging talk covered the topics of state-sponsored cybersecurity attacks, ethics in artificial intelligence technologies such as facial recognition, and diversity in the tech industry -- as well as touching on Microsoft's obligations following its acquisition agreement for open source code repository GitHub.

What follows are five key takeaways from Smith's keynote at Microsoft Inspire 2018.

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