Microsoft protects student privacy, while encouraging innovation

Cloud-based tools help create rich, personalized instruction in schools, but pose tough challenges for student and family privacy, writes Cameron Evans, chief technology officer for Microsoft Education. “In order for personalized learning to be more than a hollow promise, technology must be used to gather personal information from students,” Evans writes Tuesday in the Microsoft in Education Blog. “But how that data is handled matters.” He says Microsoft is committed Read more »

Microsoft attorneys honored by Savoy Magazine as being among ‘2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers’

On Tuesday, Savoy Magazine named Microsoft attorneys Bruce Jackson, Assistant General Counsel, Enterprise & Partner Group, and Neal Suggs, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Sales Group, to its “2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list. The list is comprised of the “best of the best” black lawyers in top law firms and corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies. Both Jackson and Suggs are accomplished attorneys who have distinguished themselves Read more »

New data on youth ‘nudes’ show highly disturbing trend

Online safety, selfies, youths

Young people around the globe are taking and sharing nude photos and videos of themselves, and the phenomenon appears to be occurring among younger and younger age groups, according to results from a new study sponsored by Microsoft. Data released today by the U.K.-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) show 17.5 percent of the more than 3,800 sexually explicit photos and videos analyzed by IWF late last year were produced by Read more »

Microsoft on The World’s Most Ethical Companies list 5 years in a row

Trust is paramount to the success of any business. At Microsoft, we work hard to build and maintain trust through a shared commitment to ethical and transparent business practices. Our commitments to ethical business practices and strong corporate governance policies are designed to promote the long-term interests of our shareholders, maintain internal checks and balances, promote accountability at all levels of our organization, and foster responsible decision making. We are Read more »

Why we need to pass House Bill 1813 in Washington state

Hour of Code, education, computer science

Over the past two years, Microsoft and our allies worked to broaden access to computer science in high school. Half the states now allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation. Yet every student should be able to learn this subject. It’s time for Washington state to make computer science really count by passing House Bill 1813. That’s why I joined leaders from education, non-profits, and business in Read more »

Exploring solutions to today’s privacy challenges at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2015

As technology becomes more personal, ubiquitous and cloud-based, privacy has become an increasing concern for customers worldwide. In fact, in recent research Microsoft conducted, respondents in 11 out of 12 countries said that technology’s effect on privacy was mostly negative. At this week’s International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit, we will talk with experts from around the world about changing the status quo on privacy challenges to Read more »

US overdue for Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform

Microsoft has long supported reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better reflect the widespread use of new technologies in every aspect of life. To that end, we have joined with other companies, advocates and stakeholders in the Digital Due Process Coalition in the effort to codify what the courts have said and what is already in practice – require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before demanding access Read more »

Celebrating International Women’s Day and the importance of diversity to drive innovation

Lori Harnick, center, on a visit to a community learning center in India where Microsoft is funding IT skills for young women to help them harness their economic development.

Despite all the efforts, wide gender imbalance still exists in innovation worldwide, with number of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields decreasing from secondary school to university, laboratories to teaching, and policy making to decision making. At the same time, most developed countries are forecasting an alarming shortfall in the number of skilled people to fill these jobs. The International Telecommunications Union predicts that 90 percent of Read more »

White House proposal elevates privacy, transparency discussion

In an era of more personal computing, the proposed framework for privacy legislation unveiled by the White House today is a welcome development that we hope will kick-start a much-needed conversation about how to protect people’s personal information. Fostering innovation while protecting consumer privacy is at the heart of what we do every day at Microsoft. We understand that people will only use technology they trust. That’s why we work Read more »

Bipartisan, bicameral LEADS Act essential to the future of digital privacy

The bipartisan Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act of 2015, introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives, offers essential reforms that rectify outdated privacy laws.  We commend the sponsors – Reps. Tom Marino and Suzan DelBene – for introducing this critical legislation. Today’s introduction builds on what is now bipartisan, bicameral momentum for this effort.  Senators Orrin Hatch, Chris Coons and Dean Heller introduced the Senate Read more »