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 »

Microsoft partners with financial services industry on fight against cybercrime

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The tools of the trade for bank robbers have evolved from ski masks and getaway cars. Today’s thieves quietly lurk in the shadows of cyberspace where they employ computer code to target banks, businesses and customers to make off with millions of dollars without ever cracking a safe. We actually know this firsthand from our work with the FBI to disrupt the Citadel botnet, which cybercriminals deployed to infect thousands Read more »

Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic host conversation on empowering Hispanic millennials in STEM

Kicking off National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014, Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic hosted “A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership” on Sept. 18 at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. By 2050, Latinos will comprise a third of the U.S. population, and more than a quarter of the millennial generation that will soon make up the majority of the workforce. Despite these projections, Hispanics Read more »

Microsoft updates reports on government access to data; calls for additional reforms

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As part of our continuing commitment to transparency, we are publishing updated information Friday about the number of requests Microsoft has received for customer information from law enforcement agencies around the world, as well as requests made by the U.S. government pursuant to its national security laws. The updated Law Enforcement Request Report covers the six-month reporting period ending June 2014 and shows that the number of requests we received Read more »

Microsoft is a partner in ‘It’s on Us’ campaign to help victims of sexual assault

Microsoft is a partner in the new “It’s On Us,” private-public awareness campaign that was announced Friday by President Obama to combat sexual assault on college and university campuses. In support of the effort, Bing is making it easier for people to find information about sexual assault prevention and resources when they do those searches on Bing. One of those efforts is to help victims of sexual assault find resources, Read more »

New milestone in the conversation about electronic privacy laws

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Last December, we joined a number of companies in our industry and urged governments to restore customer confidence in information technology by reforming their electronic privacy laws. While there has been important progress, much remains to be done. Today marks a key milestone, as Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller have introduced important legislation to strengthen the protection of Constitutional due process rights and limit the extraterritorial reach of search warrants. Read more »