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 »

#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 »