Microsoft updates and expands latest biannual reports on our Transparency Hub

Microsoft today published its latest series of biannual reports on the Microsoft Transparency Hub, including for the first time information on the number of requests the company receives for the removal of nude or sexually explicit photos or videos of individuals published online without their consent. The process to enable requests for the removal of this content – sometimes referred to as nonconsensual pornography or “revenge porn’’ – is the Read more »

UK expands commitment to fight online child sexual exploitation

The U.K. government this week further expanded its commitment to eradicate child sexual abuse material from the Internet, when Home Secretary Theresa May hosted the first meeting of the new WePROTECT Advisory Board in London. The board, which I am privileged to be a part of, represents an international coalition of countries, companies and organizations whose vision is to end the sexual exploitation and abuse of children online. The new Read more »

Giving all students a chance to create the future

Today, I am thrilled to stand with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as she leads an initiative to bring computer science education to every public K–12 school across Rhode Island. The governor’s focus on computer science provides Microsoft Philanthropies with a great opportunity to partner in helping to achieve our own mission to expand digital inclusion and empowerment for everyone. An important element of that mission is to enable all Read more »

Our legal brief in support of Apple

Today, Microsoft joined with a number of other leading technology companies to file a legal brief in support of Apple, as the company fights an FBI request to unlock an encrypted iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the terrible act of terrorism that took place in December in San Bernardino. While the companies that signed this brief are often fierce competitors, our unity with Amazon.com, Box, Cisco, Read more »

Microsoft to file legal brief in Apple iPhone case

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith confirmed that Microsoft supports Apple in their current legal case with the FBI and will file a legal brief in support next week. Smith was responding to a question from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. Smith made the point that the primary statutory language the government is relying on in Apple’s case was passed Read more »

Congress must update our outdated privacy laws

Today I appeared as a witness before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “International Conflicts of Law and their Implications for Cross Border Data Requests by Law Enforcement.” You can see my opening statement to the Committee below, and read my written testimony on the Judiciary Committee website. In my testimony I made the case that the increasing use by governments of unilateral legal process – rather than international Read more »

Microsoft to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 25, I’ll be testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “International Conflicts of Law and their Implications for Cross Border Data Requests by Law Enforcement.” I’ll be on a panel with Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group; David Kris, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Intellectual Ventures; and Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor, American University Washington College of Law. Before this panel, David Read more »

Washington state computer science students urge applications for unique STEM scholarship by Feb. 29

STEM, scholarship, education

Katy McClintic, a senior at Western Washington University, is set to receive her degree this June in computer science, with a minor in mathematics. And she’s already accepted a job offer to start as a program manager at Microsoft. She’s thrilled at how far she’s come, but it wasn’t always easy. “Getting a computer science degree is time-intensive and stressful at times,” she says. But along the way Katy found Read more »