USA Freedom Act: An important step forward

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. Congress passed by a 2-to-1 margin the USA Freedom Act, which will bring about significant reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs once it is signed into law as expected by President Obama. The USA Freedom Act strikes an important balance between protecting public safety and preserving civil liberties. In addition to protecting personal privacy, it provides for greater transparency and increased accountability about the government’s Read more »

Microsoft praises passage of the USA Freedom Act in the US Senate

Today Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel of Microsoft, praised the passage of the USA Freedom Act in the U.S. Senate: “We commend Congress for taking action to reform government surveillance practices. Today’s vote by the Senate on the USA Freedom Act will help to restore the balance between protecting public safety and preserving civil liberties.”

Reporting Microsoft’s progress on Responsible Sourcing

On June 1, Microsoft submitted its second annual Conflict Minerals Report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The law requires companies to trace and audit their supply chains in order to ensure that raw materials, known as conflict minerals, used in products are not financing human rights violations occurring in eastern Congo. Microsoft is Read more »

Experts discuss powering smart cities with the Internet of Things

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Cities drive our global economy – 80 percent of the world’s GDP is created in cities and 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. To keep pace rapid urban development, technology innovations can be leveraged to create healthier, safer and more sustainable modern communities. Our increasingly connected world of devices – the Internet of Things (IoT) – presents immense opportunity to transform the ability of Read more »

Panel discusses partnerships and policies to fight cybercrime

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Cybercrime is an issue that affects every American. There are nearly 400 million victims of cybercrime each year and cyberattacks cost our global economy $3 trillion in productivity and growth, with the average data breach costing companies an average of $3.5 million. These staggering statistics make it clear that cybersecurity has become a CEO-level issue – an issue that’s costing our country valuable resources and intellectual property while simultaneously threatening Read more »

Questions (and answers) for parents about kids’ online safety

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We often pose a few questions to parents – in conversations, forums, research and elsewhere – about how much they know about their children’s online safety practices. Along with sharing these queries, we thought it might be a good idea to suggest some baseline guidance in response, as well. Have you talked lately with your kids about what they’re doing online? Do you worry that your kids know more about Read more »

Microsoft’s commitment to shareholder engagement

In 2009, Microsoft began posting video interviews with members of its board of directors to provide deeper insights into their backgrounds and perspectives on board service. This month, we posted our most recent interview with Mason Morfit, a Microsoft board member since 2014 and president of ValueAct Capital. During the conversation, Mason speaks about his background at ValueAct Capital, his views on Microsoft’s leadership and where he thinks the company Read more »

Today is Silicon Valley Gives, the annual online giving day that helps hundreds of local nonprofits

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What does a fully engaged community look like? I lead Microsoft’s Technology and Civic Engagement team, which partners with hackers, technologists, academics, governments, nonprofits and citizens to build stronger cities through technology. A vibrant city requires engagement from all of these stakeholders, and as our team has grown over the last year, we’ve uncovered new ways to build coalitions and encourage civic innovation. We support groups and events as diverse Read more »

Latest World Economic Forum report: Bringing benefits of the digital economy to all

Expanding our vibrant digital economy and empowering everyone to realize its benefits is an important goal – and one that requires collaboration between many players. That’s why we have participated in the World Economic Forum’s Digital Infrastructure and Applications 2020+ initiative for the past two years. We’ve worked together with industry partners – including network operators, equipment vendors and other application providers – to identify common goals and productive actions Read more »

Microsoft applauds introduction of bipartisan, bicameral trade promotion authority legislation

Trade agreements are part of a broad strategy to expand opportunity, adjust to competition, and demonstrate leadership in innovation. All of which should result in better jobs and growth for our country. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 introduced today is an important step forward. We hope it paves the way for rapid action in Congress. Technology is driving economic growth at home and abroad, global competition Read more »