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 »

Microsoft hosts discussion on technology and the future of learning

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On Sept. 25, the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center hosted a discussion on “Technology & Learning in the 21st Century” in Washington, D.C. as part of our @Microsoft conversation series. Convening national education advocates, academics, policymakers and industry representatives, the event explored the many ways technology is shifting the learning landscape and the policies needed to enable student growth through education technology. As students head back to school this year, Read more »

Our pledge to safeguard student privacy

Usually when I hear the words “student” and “pledge” used in the same sentence, I’m transported back to a classroom in Brooklyn, New York, where my classmates and I would start each day by reciting, “I pledge allegiance, to the flag….” Today, though, I’d like to tell you about an entirely different pledge, one that I’m proud Microsoft is taking to protect student privacy. This morning, the Future of Privacy Read more »

An update on Microsoft’s contract dispute with Samsung

On Friday, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York unsealed the legal complaint in our ongoing contract dispute with Samsung. As we said at the time we filed our complaint, we began this case for two primary reasons. First, we’ve asked the court to resolve a contract dispute with Samsung. After months of painstaking negotiations by two of the biggest and most sophisticated companies in the world, in Read more »

INHOPE 2.0: hotline group looks to reinvent itself

Building on its primarily European roots, INHOPE, the international association of Internet hotlines, is seeking a “new path forward,” and is determined to be recognized as a global leader in the fight against online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). “INHOPE is not only an association of European hotlines, but international hotlines,” executive director Russell Chadwick told the newly formed INHOPE Advisory Board last month. “Nothing else matters more to us Read more »

October kicks off cybersecurity awareness month

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Oct. 1 is the start of yet another 31-day period focused on online safety and security. Microsoft has supported National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S. for 11 straight years. This year, NCSAM is further extending its footprint to Europe, Latin America and elsewhere—as we all seek to raise awareness about the best and easiest ways to stay safer and more secure online. In partnership with the National Read more »