From Cherokee to Wolof: Preserving Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Through Technology

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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. The language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most valuable asset. Source: Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2012 Today one of our partners, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Read more »

Recognizing Technology Accessibility on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Persons with disabilities make up 1 billion of the world’s population, yet they face challenges in equal opportunity and access to society in critical areas like education, employment, healthcare, transportation, information communications technology and justice. Every year on Dec. 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recognize the importance of providing this underserved community with equal access opportunities and livelihoods. This year’s theme is “removing barriers to create Read more »

Demonstrating the Power of Super Wi-Fi at Rio+20

Since 2004, I’ve been working closely with more than 40 international organizations, including UN organizations, regional development banks and bilateral aid agencies – cultivating long-term and rewarding public-private partnerships. At Microsoft, we have worked hard to prioritize these relationships to see how technology can help achieve shared sustainable development goals and achieve real impact amongst underserved communities. This week I’m in Rio de Janeiro with several colleagues for the United Read more »

Microsoft Showcases Customs Technology at Annual World Customs Organization IT Conference

This week, I’m in Seattle attending the World Customs Organization’s annual IT Conference and Exhibition alongside more than 500 other delegates, helping Microsoft display the next generation of technology applications to help countries and companies realize the full benefits of international trade. This year’s conference theme is cloud computing, a technology we expect to revolutionize trade and customs operations. This is a particularly timely theme, with the U.S. Agency for Read more »

New Innovations in IT Support Environmental Sustainability in Africa

This week, I’m in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Chief Executive Briefing, where Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, launched the UN’s new energy neutral Nairobi office building. The building is the first of its kind for the UN in Africa and is a global showcase of sustainable design and technology. We are proud to be part of UNEP’s inspirational goal of supporting forward-thinking and environmentally responsible technology – Read more »