Questions (and answers) for parents about kids’ online safety

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We often pose a few questions to parents – in conversations, forums, research and elsewhere – about how much they know about their children’s online safety practices. Along with sharing these queries, we thought it might be a good idea to suggest some baseline guidance in response, as well. Have you talked lately with your kids about what they’re doing online? Do you worry that your kids know more about Read more »

Microsoft’s commitment to shareholder engagement

In 2009, Microsoft began posting video interviews with members of its board of directors to provide deeper insights into their backgrounds and perspectives on board service. This month, we posted our most recent interview with Mason Morfit, a Microsoft board member since 2014 and president of ValueAct Capital. During the conversation, Mason speaks about his background at ValueAct Capital, his views on Microsoft’s leadership and where he thinks the company Read more »

Today is Silicon Valley Gives, the annual online giving day that helps hundreds of local nonprofits

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What does a fully engaged community look like? I lead Microsoft’s Technology and Civic Engagement team, which partners with hackers, technologists, academics, governments, nonprofits and citizens to build stronger cities through technology. A vibrant city requires engagement from all of these stakeholders, and as our team has grown over the last year, we’ve uncovered new ways to build coalitions and encourage civic innovation. We support groups and events as diverse Read more »

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

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 »

Microsoft applauds introduction of bipartisan, bicameral trade promotion authority legislation

Trade agreements are part of a broad strategy to expand opportunity, adjust to competition, and demonstrate leadership in innovation. All of which should result in better jobs and growth for our country. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 introduced today is an important step forward. We hope it paves the way for rapid action in Congress. Technology is driving economic growth at home and abroad, global competition Read more »

Volunteers – A critical contribution to our communities

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Microsoft employees have always been passionate about supporting their communities and causes. Recently, many asked how they can do more, so we launched Tech Talent for Good to extend the skills of our employees to nonprofit organizations who often lack the technology expertise required to do their very best for their clients. In our Tech Talent for Good program, we’re working with a number of nonprofit partners through the Taproot Read more »

Enhancing Diversity in the Legal Profession – A New Program with UW School of Law

Today is a very exciting day for those committed to promoting and enhancing diversity within the legal profession. The University of Washington School of Law announced the Gregoire Fellows program aimed at helping to attract diverse college graduates to attend law school, and in particular the University of Washington. We hope to learn from this pilot program, and to increase the diversity of the lawyers in Puget Sound region. Microsoft Read more »

Our legal challenge to a US government search warrant

Last evening, we filed our reply brief in our ongoing legal challenge to the U.S. government’s attempt to force us to turn over a customer’s email stored in our Irish data center. As we stated in our brief, we believe the law is on the side of privacy in this case. We were gratified by the large number of organizations and individuals that filed amicus briefs in this case in Read more »

Students flock to Computer Science Fair in Redmond to explore exciting futures

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Last week, more than 1,600 Washington state high school students and teachers traveled to Microsoft to explore the awesome educational and career opportunities offered by computer science. Students who attended are part of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a volunteer movement supported by Microsoft YouthSpark to bring computer science (CS) education to every high school. The program partners technology industry professionals with classroom teachers to “team teach” computer Read more »

New e-book shares views on youth and digital media

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The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Youth and Media this week released a new e-book, “Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media.” A first-of-its kind volume, the e-book combines essays from 30 academics, government officials, technology industry members and practitioners, with visual contributions from 25 young people, all from more than a dozen countries. The book is a result of the Digitally Connected Symposium, co-sponsored by Read more »

Microsoft announces pilot program to hire people with autism

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In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Thursday, I had the privilege to attend and speak at an event held at the United Nations in New York City, where the theme was “Autism, The Employment Advantage.” This theme resonates with me on two levels. First, as a parent. I am the proud mom of Shawn, now 19, diagnosed with autism when he was four years old. Secondly, as a proud Read more »