Microsoft hosts discussion on innovative solutions to help transitioning veterans

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On Nov. 6, Microsoft, in partnership with Visa, hosted a discussion on “Innovative Solutions to Help Transitioning Service Members” in Washington, D.C., as part of our @Microsoft conversation series. In recognition of Veterans Day, the event brought together experts and advocates who are addressing critical transition issues for veterans. As we recognize the service of our veterans, we realize that returning service members face significant and ongoing day-to-day challenges as Read more »

New poll: Growing concern in Ireland over online data privacy

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Today we released a new poll showing that a large majority of Irish people want strong privacy protections for their online data, and they expect the government to stand up for Irish law when other countries disagree. 87 percent agree their personal information in the cloud deserves the same privacy protections as that stored on paper. 89 percent say a foreign government should not be able to demand personal information Read more »

Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center offers practical guidance for state and local governments to manage cyber risks

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The Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. continued the @Microsoft series in October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with a discussion on practical guidance for state and local governments to manage cyber risks. The event brought together decision-makers from state and local governments, the administration, and industry experts who confront cyber threats every day, to address the unique challenges they face, as well to provide information on resources and Read more »

ITU Plenipotentiary 2014 – Positive Outcomes and a Path to the Future

The International Telecommunication Union’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14) concluded successfully last week in Busan, South Korea, after three weeks of intense discussion, debate, and negotiation over critical issues affecting global telecommunications and the Internet.  I had the privilege of participating on the United States delegation to this important conference, led by Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, and I Read more »

#MSFTCOSO POV: Everyone can exercise S-M-A-R-T online habits

Youth, parents, policymakers, teachers and other adults can all be S-M-A-R-T about staying safer online. That is: savvy about online activities and choices; mindful of actions (and inactions) that may impact one’s self or others, and behave responsibly and appropriately, all with a technology-focus in mind. This was a theme I shared at this month’s Safer Internet Forum (SIF), organized and funded by the European Commission under its Safer Internet Read more »

#MSFTCOSO POV: Millennials, Baby Boomers, technology & the Internet: new data

Differences in both Internet use and online safety practices can be quite dramatic across generations, results of a Microsoft survey show. Millennials (those born roughly between 1980 and 1992) tend to use the Web quite differently than Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), connecting via multiple devices, being more engaged with social media and, most interestingly, being more concerned about online fraud and scams. Indeed, a finding that Read more »

Civic Tech: Solutions for governments and the communities they serve

Microsoft is proud to have been a capstone sponsor of the fourth annual Code for America Summit recently in San Francisco. Code for America’s mission is to build technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. This year’s conference brought together a record number of government, civic and technology leaders from across the country to learn Read more »

Four in 10 Americans face regular online fraud attacks: Microsoft survey

Four in 10 people in the U.S. report experiencing weekly and even daily attempts via their personal computers to access their personal information and other valuable data, results of a new Microsoft survey show. Across the range of electronic devices people use today, consumers worry most about their PCs being compromised — and for good reason: 42 percent of Americans report experiencing weekly and even daily efforts by criminals to Read more »

Microsoft and The Seattle Times team up to host discussion on importance of early learning

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On Wednesday, Microsoft had the opportunity to host an important discussion about early learning in Washington state. We sponsored the conversation as part of The Seattle Times’ new LiveWire event series. LiveWire events address vital issues impacting our region and its people by bringing together local and national experts for provocative conversations moderated by a Seattle Times journalist. The early learning program did just that. Last night’s event was moderated by The Seattle Read more »

European Union Agency for Network and Information Security marks 10 year anniversary

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) kicked off in Brussels earlier this month with experts calling for increased cooperation, innovation, information-sharing and a need to grow trust and confidence in the Internet among all individuals and organizations. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), and the third official cyber security month in Europe. Government officials, policymakers, industry experts, academics and members Read more »

Cities and sustainability – joining forces and expertise at Microsoft and around the world

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Cities were center stage at the recent UN Summit on Climate Change held in New York City. And while historically cities have been less involved at the UN level than country governments on the topic of climate change, the shift in conversation reinforced our belief that addressing climate change cannot happen without addressing our urbanizing world. Cities generate around 80 percent of global economic output, and around 70 percent of Read more »