Using Technology to Advance the Fight against Global Poverty

Guest post by George Conard Executive Director, Technology for Microfinance Grameen Foundation Microfinance has grown tremendously in the last decade, moving from little NGOs working in tiny villages to large institutions providing loans, savings accounts and insurance to hundreds of thousands of poor women and men.  Grameen Bank in Bangladesh alone has more than seven million clients, while institutions like Grameen Koota in India serve more than 300,000.  In fact, according to the Read more »

A Childhood for Every Child

Posted by Ernie AllenPresident & CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children For most of us, the word “childhood” conjures up thoughts of innocence and security. But for thousands of children, it is shrouded by darkness and pain, because of the vilest kind of sexual abuse and exploitation. And when that abuse is recorded and shared online among pedophiles as child pornography, the abuse continues indefinitely; each time images of Read more »

Global Development from the "other Washington"

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs (Cross-posted from The Huffington Post) Earlier this week the first annual Global Washington conference (a “Blueprint for Action”) brought together 300 individuals representing organizations from across Washington State that are focused on global development issues. The event, which was hosted on our campus in Redmond, WA, was keynoted by Nick Kristof of the New York Times (and two time Pulitzer winner) and Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley of Read more »

Microsoft Settlement to Fund $60 Million for Eligible Public Schools in Iowa

Posted by Rich WallisDeputy General Counsel Hundreds of public schools in Iowa will soon begin receiving approximately $60 million for education technology as part of the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft in the state. Schools with a high percentage of students coming from low-income families are eligible to receive the funds, a provision Microsoft specifically negotiated to help bridge the technology gap that exists for low-income students.  This is Read more »

Microsoft and the FTC: A Continued Focus on Privacy (Update)

UPDATE: December 7, 2009 – 7:30 a.m. Pacific Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues The Federal Trade Commission’s roundtable series on “Exploring Privacy” begins today in Washington, D.C.   Microsoft Associate General Counsel Mike Hintze is participating in the first panel of the day, entitled “Benefits and Risks of Collecting, Retaining and Using Consumer Data.”  Links to a Webcast of the event and background materials are available here.  The extensive public comments Read more »

Microsoft Applauds the Appointment of Victoria Espinel

Late Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Victoria Espinel as the first United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC).  Microsoft applauds this action and welcomes the opportunity to work with Ms. Espinel as she moves into her new role. The U.S. software industry has been an engine for jobs and economic growth.  In 2007, the software and related services sector employed 1.7 million people in jobs that –  on average Read more »

FTC Finds Video Game Industry Helps Families Make Smart Choices about Game Content

Posted by Steve Crown Deputy General Counsel The Federal Trade Commission has just released its biennial report to Congress on “Marketing of Violent Entertainment to Children” by the motion picture, music recording and video game industries.   Microsoft and other members of the video game industry take seriously the issue of gaming safety, so we are pleased that the FTC recognized the progress our industry has made as we work to help families Read more »

Ads that Help Consumers Understand Online Advertising

Posted by Bill NielsenDirector, Industry Outreach Microsoft Advertising The Interactive Advertising Bureau today launched its first public-service advertising campaign, entitled “Privacy Matters,” designed to educate consumers about interest-based or behavioral advertising.  Microsoft assisted the campaign by contributing advertising impressions, along with many other IAB members,  and helping with testing of the creative, ad-serving and analytics. The goal of the campaign is to educate consumers about how online advertising works and provide them with information Read more »

Chinese Consumers Speak Out Against Software Piracy

Today is Consumer Action Day – a 24-hour period when we highlight the hundreds of education and enforcement initiatives around the globe designed to protect consumers from the risks of pirated and counterfeit software.  The harm done to consumers by pirated software is clearer now than ever before.   Microsoft has experienced a surge of voluntary reports – more than 150,000 in the past two years – from people who unwittingly purchased counterfeit Read more »

Contributing to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist Next week, I and a dozen of my Microsoft colleagues will be in Copenhagen as a delegation of issue and technology experts supporting the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP15).We are participating in a series of briefings, events, and partnership launches to showcase the power of information technology to help address the daunting energy and climate challenges the world faces. Solving these challenges will require dramatic gains Read more »