Why we need to pass House Bill 1813 in Washington state

Hour of Code, education, computer science

Over the past two years, Microsoft and our allies worked to broaden access to computer science in high school. Half the states now allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation. Yet every student should be able to learn this subject. It’s time for Washington state to make computer science really count by passing House Bill 1813. That’s why I joined leaders from education, non-profits, and business in Read more »

Exploring solutions to today’s privacy challenges at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2015

As technology becomes more personal, ubiquitous and cloud-based, privacy has become an increasing concern for customers worldwide. In fact, in recent research Microsoft conducted, respondents in 11 out of 12 countries said that technology’s effect on privacy was mostly negative. At this week’s International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit, we will talk with experts from around the world about changing the status quo on privacy challenges to Read more »

US overdue for Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform

Microsoft has long supported reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better reflect the widespread use of new technologies in every aspect of life. To that end, we have joined with other companies, advocates and stakeholders in the Digital Due Process Coalition in the effort to codify what the courts have said and what is already in practice – require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before demanding access Read more »

Celebrating International Women’s Day and the importance of diversity to drive innovation

Lori Harnick, center, on a visit to a community learning center in India where Microsoft is funding IT skills for young women to help them harness their economic development.

Despite all the efforts, wide gender imbalance still exists in innovation worldwide, with number of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields decreasing from secondary school to university, laboratories to teaching, and policy making to decision making. At the same time, most developed countries are forecasting an alarming shortfall in the number of skilled people to fill these jobs. The International Telecommunications Union predicts that 90 percent of Read more »

White House proposal elevates privacy, transparency discussion

In an era of more personal computing, the proposed framework for privacy legislation unveiled by the White House today is a welcome development that we hope will kick-start a much-needed conversation about how to protect people’s personal information. Fostering innovation while protecting consumer privacy is at the heart of what we do every day at Microsoft. We understand that people will only use technology they trust. That’s why we work Read more »

Bipartisan, bicameral LEADS Act essential to the future of digital privacy

The bipartisan Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act of 2015, introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives, offers essential reforms that rectify outdated privacy laws.  We commend the sponsors – Reps. Tom Marino and Suzan DelBene – for introducing this critical legislation. Today’s introduction builds on what is now bipartisan, bicameral momentum for this effort.  Senators Orrin Hatch, Chris Coons and Dean Heller introduced the Senate Read more »

Microsoft hosts technology training for Latino student leaders

We’re focused on creating technology that empowers people to do amazing things. And, our YouthSpark initiative embodies our belief that young people have a particular opportunity to harness technology to bring about positive change in the world around them. Whether it is contributing as skilled employees, building their own businesses as entrepreneurs, or solving problems to strengthen their communities, we’re committed to helping these young people achieve their goals. Dynamic Read more »

Time to confirm Michelle Lee and Daniel Marti

With today’s vote to confirm Michelle Lee as Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Senate Judiciary Committee took another important step to promote the strength and effective functioning of America’s intellectual property system. This action follows the committee’s Feb. 12 vote to confirm Daniel Marti to serve as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC).  Microsoft thanks Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Patrick Read more »

More spouses of high-skilled immigrants will be eligible to work

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez made an important, long-awaited announcement: qualifying spouses of H-1B employees will become eligible for employment authorization. The final rule implementing this regulatory change was published yesterday in the Federal Register and goes into effect on May 26, 2015. This change is important for families and significant for our economy as a whole. We applaud the Department of Homeland Security and the Read more »

Diplomacy Everywhere: Microsoft donates cutting-edge technology to bring diplomacy to life for visitors of the U.S. Diplomacy Center

Today, I was honored to announce a $1 million in-kind contribution to build a high-tech interactive exhibit at the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC)—the first step in a partnership with the Diplomacy Center Foundation (DCF).  Opening in 2017 in Washington, DC, the USDC will be a next-generation museum and education center that will showcase the importance of American diplomacy.  Our new partnership with DCF is an exciting step for Microsoft’s technological Read more »

Europol takes down servers used by cybercriminals to steal financial data

European law enforcement agencies yesterday seized computer servers used by cybercriminals to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with malware designed to steal personal and financial information, as well as money, from unsuspecting consumers. The multinational effort, which was led by Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3), included the participation of agencies from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as technical assistance from Microsoft, Read more »