A more sustainable future: SMARTer 2030 Report finds ICT can reduce global carbon emissions by 20 percent

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At Microsoft, we believe technology has tremendous potential to address environmental challenges. A new report, the SMARTer 2030 Report, released on Tuesday at the Bonn Climate Change Conference by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), emphatically affirms the positive role that information and communications technology (ICT) can play in achieving a more sustainable world. While historically economic growth has come with increasing carbon emissions, the report identifies ICT as a way Read more »

Delivering low-cost, solar-powered Internet access to rural Kenya

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Recently, I returned to Nanyuki, Kenya to check on the progress of a unique project Microsoft launched with Mawingu Networks, Jamii Telecom Limited and the Kenyan Ministry of ICT to deliver low-cost, solar-powered Internet access and device charging to rural Kenya. The project, launched two years ago, utilizes ‘white spaces’ – TV frequencies assigned to broadcasters but not used locally – that could be used to provide wireless, broadband access Read more »

June is Internet Safety Month – Get involved

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Dedicated to promoting online safety, June presents a unique opportunity for youth and parents to become better “digital citizens,” and to protect themselves and others from potentially harmful online content and activities, including topics that some may prefer to not even acknowledge let alone address. “If you want to reduce (online) risks for children, engage and educate children and their parents,” Michael Sheath of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation last week Read more »

Microsoft technology to usher in new era for 2016 Iowa caucuses

The Iowa caucuses provide a unique forum for civic engagement. Every four years, Iowa commands the national spotlight. As the first official contest in the nominating process for president of the United States, candidates from both political parties and the citizens of the State of Iowa take the process seriously. At Microsoft, we understand that technology can empower people and organizations to discover creative ways to address enduring problems and Read more »

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

Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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 »