UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Improving access and inclusion

The recognition today of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities is perhaps even more important as we continue to learn more about yesterday’s tragic shooting at the Inland Regional Center, which provides social services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Bernardino, California. It is difficult to imagine why this place of inclusion and empowerment was targeted in this way. Our thoughts and prayers Read more »

How trade secrets are helping foster cloud innovation

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an important hearing on protecting trade secrets. We applaud the committee for convening this hearing and urge that it soon consider the Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890), bipartisan legislation that would create a uniform, federal standard for trade secret protection and responds to the nature of 21st century innovation. Trade secrets have long been a popular means of protecting innovation among Read more »

Microsoft sponsors program to give kids in British Columbia the ‘Right To Play’

YouthSpark, citizenship, education, youths

Deserae Wycotte of the Williams Lake Indian Band, a First Nation community in British Columbia, is on a mission. “I’ve known these kids since they were babies,” she says, reflecting on the children and teens she mentors every day at the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium, where she works as an after-school program coordinator. “My goal is to instill an educational interest in youth at a young age, so they can keep Read more »

Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting and interactive proxy statement

As we look ahead to our annual shareholder meeting, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you to cast your vote and make your voice heard. Transparency and regular communication are two key tenets of our approach for engaging with shareholders. We are mindful of where our shareholders consume information; for the vast majority, it’s online. Accordingly, one of our primary goals is finding and enhancing online channels Read more »

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 »