Open government data: Steps to effective and responsible use

government, openness

Governments at every level and around the world are embracing the opportunity to share and open up their data to broader use by individuals, businesses and community organizations. Recent technological advances in connectivity, cloud storage and computing, analytic techniques such as machine learning, and the Internet of Things, are allowing a dramatic expansion in the types of data gathered and especially in the ways to disseminate and use this data. Read more »

WePROTECT says worldwide effort needed to help stop child sexual abuse material online

Forty-one countries, along with numerous technology companies and civil society organizations, last week pledged their continued support for, and vowed to take additional action in, the ongoing fight against the online proliferation of child sexual abuse imagery. WePROTECT Children Online, the global initiative launched by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014, held a second international Summit in Abu Dhabi Nov. 16 & 17, presided over by Sheikh Mohammed bin Read more »

10 years of achievement – Microsoft at the top of the Corporate Equality Index again

By Dan Bross, Senior Director of Business and Corporate Citizenship, CELA, and Cynthia Per-Lee, General Manager – Human Resources, Human Resources, Cloud & Enterprise For the 10th year in a row, Microsoft earned a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI, organized by the Human Rights Campaign, rates U.S.-based companies on their corporate policies and practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Our 100 percent rating Read more »

The value of national initiatives in the fight against child sexual abuse material

This week, my colleagues and I have the honor of speaking at the WePROTECT Children Online Global Summit in Abu Dhabi to participate in a broad exchange and to provide an update on industry efforts to help protect children online. We will touch on Microsoft’s latest efforts in our long-standing commitment to help keep children and young people safe online, and we’ll highlight the important role industry plays on the Read more »

‘In the cloud we trust’: Brad Smith on how it’s time to rebuild the world’s faith in the technology that empowers us all

Brad Smith, cloud, information security

“More than ever, the Internet is not some place in distant cyberspace, it is a place that defines what happens in the real world,” writes Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, in an in-depth piece about the changing global landscape of information security. “Our mission as a company is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” he writes. “If we’re going to Read more »

Lady Gaga, Yale launch “Emotion Revolution” in U.S. schools

Emotion Revolution

It’s time to stop telling American high-schoolers to “suck it up” and swallow the pressures of young adulthood, say Lady Gaga and leaders of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Instead, the somewhat unlikely duo wants to empower young people to make schools and communities places where emotions matter and all students can thrive. Enter, the “Emotion Revolution.” New research from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence shows 75 percent of 22,000 Read more »

Microsoft Receives UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Award

Figure 1 - Community members document seedlings in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve. Image courtesy of Infinite Earth Rimba Raya Field Team

Today, we are pleased and honored to announce that Microsoft has been recognized as a 2015 Lighthouse Activity winner by the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change’s  (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change initiative for our work in establishing an internal carbon fee. Making Global Progress The carbon fee has been honored in the ‘Financing for Climate Friendly Investment’ category of Lighthouse Activities. This category showcases activities that promote low-carbon growth and Read more »

Microsoft testifies on fighting technical support scams

Today, David Finn, associate general counsel and executive director of the Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft, will testify before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding technical support scams. Tech support scams are perhaps the single largest consumer fraud perpetrated in America today, victimizing an estimated 3.3 million people each year — many of them senior citizens — at an annual cost of $1.5 billion. This translates to a Read more »

The collapse of the US-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik’s Cube

When people who care about technology look back at the year 2015, they will remember October as the month when the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor collapsed. An international legal agreement that has been in place for 15 years was invalidated in a single day. On Oct. 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down an international legal regime that over 4,000 companies have been relying upon not just Read more »

Why research remains so important to innovation – and to a vital economy

Microsoft’s research investments in speech, natural language processing and machine learning have contributed to the development of Skype Translator and Cortana. The company’s investments in biological computing and quantum computing are examples of “our bets on the future of computing,” writes Jeannette Wing, corporate vice president at Microsoft Research, who oversees the company’s core research labs. At Microsoft, basic research is supported through Microsoft Research labs because “we believe that Read more »