Cybersecurity norms for nation-states and the global ICT industry

Today, I am pleased to share a new white paper about cybersecurity norms for nation-states and the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry, “From Articulation to Implementation: Enabling Progress on Cybersecurity Norms.” This publication is a reflection of our ongoing efforts to advance trust in the global ICT ecosystem through development of “rules of the road” for nation-states engaged in cyber operations, as well as industry actors impacted by Read more »

Technology delivers hope to refugees

World Refugee Day 2016, citizenship

Atallah Taba watched his wife die after a bomb ripped apart their home outside of Damascus, Syria. Instantly, the 74-year-old lost everything he worked for his whole life. Still grieving for the loss of his partner and the mother of their six children, Atallah made the painful decision to flee his home, clinging onto a few precious family photos and his smartphone. He traveled on foot for weeks, across hundreds Read more »

Microsoft interns in British Columbia get a lesson in changing the world

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, Vancover, British Columbia

In March, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stood on a stage at the Build 2016 conference, in front of an audience of hundreds – with many more watching online – and introduced Seeing AI, a research project that aims to help the visually impaired or blind better navigate the world around them. The Seeing AI research prototype uses computer vision, image and speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning to Read more »

Code.org + TEALS = More AP computer science in high schools

Recently, Code.org and the TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program, agreed to launch a joint pilot program to do even more to support computer science education in U.S. high schools. Computer science (CS) is hugely important to the future of the country, yet currently, only one in four high schools in the U.S. offer computer science courses to their students. Microsoft Philanthropies has been seeding the investment in Read more »

Microsoft’s approach to terrorist content online

Terrorist attacks around the world have sparked intense discussion and debate about how best to address content on the Internet that is used to promote terrorist violence or recruit for terrorist groups. We want to use this time to take new steps and outline how we are addressing this important issue. It’s inevitable – and understandable – that digital technology has become a focus of demands for new measures to Read more »

Greener datacenters for a brighter future: Microsoft’s commitment to renewable energy

sustainability, Brad Smith

As the world increasingly races to a future based on cloud computing, a host of new and important public issues are emerging. One of these issues involves the energy and sustainability practices of the datacenters that power the cloud. Over the past year we’ve spent considerable time focusing on our work in this area at Microsoft, and I wanted to share today where we’re heading. When it comes to sustainability, Read more »

Washington state math wiz takes first prize in national MathCounts competition

This week, Edward Wan, a seventh grader from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle, Washington, became the first-place champion of the 2016 Raytheon MathCounts National Competition. Approximately 140,000 students in the United States participate annually in school MathCounts competitions, leading up to this big event. It was a particularly proud moment for those of us at Microsoft. For the past 10 years, we’ve hosted on our campus the MathCounts Lake Washington Read more »

Microsoft applauds signing of Defend Trade Secrets Act into law

Today, President Obama signed The Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890) into law.  The DTSA will provide a much needed federal standard and remedy for trade secret misappropriation.  The DTSA passed Congress with nearly unanimous support, thanks to the strong bipartisan efforts of bill sponsors and Senate and House Judiciary Committee leaders, and Administration support.  Microsoft applauds this landmark effort to protect America’s innovation leadership and competitiveness in global markets.

Family Online Safety Institute joins fight against child sexual abuse

Family Online Safety Institute joins fight against child sexual abuse

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is expanding its focus and has relaunched its Global Resource and Information Directory, or GRID, to explicitly include combatting child sexual exploitation and abuse. Microsoft has supported FOSI and GRID since it was first launched in 2010. We are also actively engaged in the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, started three years ago and still led by the U.K. government. Read more »