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 »

#MSFTCOSO POV: Microsoft honors Lady Gaga’s “Born Brave” youth campers

Any time I get the chance to interact with youth, the experience never disappoints. Last month, a colleague and I had the pleasure of hosting a large-scale focus group to discuss some delicate online safety issues with 32 14-to-18-year-olds. What we learned was not only energizing, but a little surprising, too. Working in collaboration with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), we were invited to Camp Hi-Rock in Massachusetts, Read more »

How tech companies can engage with (billions of) users on human rights

How can technology companies engage with users—who number in the billions—on potential human rights challenges?  The release of today’s working paper endeavors to answer this question. The paper was informed by a series of expert roundtables convened by Microsoft’s Technology and Human Rights Center around the world and produced by BSR, with input from the Center for Democracy and Technology. What follows are the key takeaways from the report, in Read more »

Microsoft and NVTC host Virginia Senate Candidates Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie at Technology Forum

On Sept. 8, Microsoft and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) held a Technology Town Hall Forum at the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, Va., featuring Virginia Senate candidates Sen. Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie. With technology industry jobs representing 5.4 percent of the private sector workforce in 2012, fully understanding the complex technology and business policy landscape is critical for the November mid-term election cycle. This is increasingly important in Virginia’s growing technology community, Read more »

Internet Governance Forum 2014 tees up fresh look at protecting kids online

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Earlier this month, the Internet Governance Forum held its ninth annual meeting with a fresh focus on child online protection in a new session format devoted to “tangible outcomes” and “best practices.” Istanbul, Turkey was the host city for IGF 2014, entitled: “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance.” The new session format—“Best Practices Forums” (BPF)—were piloted for five special topics, including child online protection (COP). All were aimed at Read more »

#MSFTCOSO POV: Making the world safer one hack at a time

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Since early July, I’ve been leading an internal team focused on revolutionizing “parental controls” for the 21st century household. Our project was part of Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hackathon, where individuals and small teams put forth innovative project ideas, and employees from around the world volunteered their time, talent, skills and energy to give shape to the various concepts and visions. “Hack,” meaning “to hack something together” over the course of Read more »

Microsoft-led discussion focuses on ways to use technology to fight human trafficking

Continuing its work with the White House Office of Science and Technology, Microsoft took an important step in its efforts to combat human trafficking by convening a brainstorming session of law enforcement, academics and private organizations in Washington, D.C. July 24. Many of the nation’s leaders in the fight against child sex trafficking used the forum to discuss ways technology can be harnessed to disrupt these crimes. As one of six recipients Read more »

Microsoft calls for deeper integration of technology in the classrooms of tomorrow

Over the last month, we’ve joined Parade Magazine on the road from Salt Lake City to St. Louis and Boston to start a smart discussion around technology and education and the different ways technologies and services are being used to improve the learning experience across the U.S. These conversations have sparked a great dialogue with impressive ideas and incredible potential for the future of education. For years, technology has only Read more »