A Response to the Digital Single Market

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Microsoft welcomes the efforts of the European Commission to create a successful European Digital Single Market (DSM). The DSM has the potential to transform Europe into a more innovative, more inclusive, and better connected society. The DSM will also provide a strong platform for much needed growth, jobs, and renewed competitiveness throughout the Union. Europe has a unique window of opportunity to accelerate reform and stimulate job creation and investment. … Read more »

“Welcome to Our World” – Building Bridges in the Cloud

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There are several challenges for national law enforcement authorities working in the global cyberspace, including the collection of evidence in the cloud, a topic that was the focus of the Council of Europe’s recent Octopus Conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime. One participant, a representative of a law enforcement authority in a small European country, spoke of his difficulty to obtain evidence to investigate local criminal activity when such evidence is … Read more »

The Latest Picture of the Threat Landscape in the European Union – part 1

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I had the opportunity to visit with some European based customers when I spoke at the RSA Unplugged conference in London just a few weeks ago. Many of the customers I met with were very interested in a deep dive into the types of threats we see in the region. I have written about the threat landscape in Europe and European Union (EU) extensively over the years, including the articles … Read more »

Building Trust: Cyber-Solutions for Europe

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Last week, Microsoft partnered with POLITICO to host the first Annual Cybersecurity Summit. The event comes at a key moment in time. Cybersecurity has never been higher on the political agenda in the EU and globally. And with good reason. This month’s cyber-attack on the U.S. Federal Government personnel office, which led to the information of around 4 million federal workers being stolen, is unfortunately not an isolated incident. This … Read more »

Wanted: Strong Leadership for Secure Cyberspace

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In November of last year, the high-profile hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment resulted in the mass release of confidential information and the disruption of IT systems. This widely publicized event is one of many where a government has been accused of a damaging cyberattack. Therein lies the discontinuity. While cybercriminals of course act in disregard of the common good, governments are supposed to be different. Governments are supposed to protect … Read more »

Trust and Transparency: Building Blocks for the Digital Single Market

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What is trust? As defined in the dictionary, it consists of a firm and assured belief in the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. But this hardly does justice to the importance of a principle which underpins every human and social interaction. Trust is fundamental to the functioning of our societies and economies. Even more so in today’s increasingly inter-connected world. Unsurprisingly, building confidence and trust online … Read more »

The Business Case for Marriage Equality

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As a business leader I see the importance of diversity and inclusion for our company on a day-to-day basis. Strengthening LGBT equality – including marriage equality – plays a critical role in promoting diversity and inclusion. As Managing Director of Microsoft in Ireland, I have witnessed immense social and economic change over the past fifteen years. The country first benefitted from economic growth, then a subsequent downturn with significant social … Read more »

Stepping forward into a digitized future

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22 years ago, the European Single Market became a reality. Today sees the launch of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy, an ambitious plan, which aims to update Europe’s single market for the digital era. If fully completed, it promises to deliver €415 billion worth of growth. Within its strategy, the Commission has identified the digitization of all economic sectors as a priority for maintaining Europe’s competitiveness. And with … Read more »

Building Trust Requires a Dynamic and Diverse Workforce

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As we leave behind Girls in ICT day for another year, I reflect on the great opportunity and visibility it gives to the movement of women and girls in the technology sector. However, the day is also a reminder of how much work there is still to do. Microsoft has long been involved in the efforts to increase diversity within our industry and in particular to encourage more women to … Read more »

Latest World Economic Forum report: Bringing benefits of the digital economy to all

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Expanding our vibrant digital economy and empowering everyone to realize its benefits is an important goal – and one that requires collaboration between many players. That’s why we have participated in the World Economic Forum’s Digital Infrastructure and Applications 2020+ initiative for the past two years. We’ve worked together with industry partners – including network operators, equipment vendors and other application providers – to identify common goals and productive actions … Read more »