Microsoft and The Natural Capital Project join forces to transform the way we evaluate the services that nature provides

What is the economic value to cities of parks and trees that reduce storm runoff, lower air temperature and improve air quality? What is the value of a wetland that can significantly reduce storm surge damage? What is the value of a forest that prevents landslides, improves air quality and water quality? What would happen if we invested in re-establishing coastal habitats like wetlands and reefs vs. building more cement Read more »

Microsoft applauds bipartisan passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation

The following statement was issued by Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, after today’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: “While the issues are challenging, the bottom line is that today’s vote will grow 21st century jobs and investment in the United States. This is true not only for new sectors such as information technology, but for manufacturing as well, given its growing reliance on Read more »

Defining data privacy in a globally connected world

By 2020, researchers estimate that 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, taking advantage of technologies that bring us closer together and big data insights that could change the way we solve societal problems. At the same time, governments, companies and advocates are struggling to understand this new environment and establish the right regulations and laws to protect people’s privacy online. It’s a critical question – how do Read more »

An update on Microsoft’s efforts to reduce online piracy and improve search results

As both an intellectual property owner and the operator of our Bing search engine, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to assess the role of online platforms in helping to combat online piracy. Our experience demonstrates that effective online enforcement begins with the IP owner, who is best situated to identify and act on instances of infringement. Online platforms also play a role by providing tools and processes to aid intellectual property Read more »

Live stream: Join us for a conversation on fighting consumer tech scams

Already this year, more than 3 million consumers have been affected by tech support scams.  Posing as support for major technology companies, these scammers – often U.S. companies leveraging foreign call centers – sell bogus security products and can gain access to and exploit consumers’ personal information.  When scammers succeed, consumers lose out. Today, the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. will host a panel discussion as part Read more »

Microsoft announces $10 million gift to University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Department


The job market for those with computer science backgrounds, in Seattle and throughout the country, is booming. Yet, because of a lack of funding and space, University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) turns away two out of three qualified applicants. Today, leaders at Microsoft stepped forward to help address the problem. Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith announced Friday that Microsoft will contribute $10 million Read more »

Expert: Public and policymakers need to pay more attention to child abuse online

Combating the online availability of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) continues to pose a significant challenge worldwide, and a lack of understanding among policymakers and the global public further complicate the issue, a leading expert said. Speaking to a recent joint law enforcement/INHOPE conference on prevention and awareness of CSAM, Ernie Allen enumerated a number of key challenges, including an absence of public and policymaker awareness. Allen, the former president Read more »

Today in Washington, D.C.: Join us for the Microsoft TechFair Open House

Microsoft Research, Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center

From data visualization to cloud computing and predictive analytics, Microsoft Research is on the cutting edge, offering innovative solutions to complex problems. Today, the Washington, D.C., community can experience this technology firsthand as the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center hosts a TechFair Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. ET. Throughout the day, top researchers from Microsoft will be on hand to demonstrate how some of their breakthrough technologies are Read more »

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

sustainability, environment, carbon emissions

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

TV white spaces, Internet access

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 »