Our search warrant case: An important decision for people everywhere

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We obviously welcome today’s decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision is important for three reasons: it ensures that people’s privacy rights are protected by the laws of their own countries; it helps ensure that the legal protections of the physical world apply in the digital domain; and it paves the way for better solutions to address both privacy and law enforcement needs.

The role of cybernorms in preventing digital warfare

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Today, leaders from NATO countries and partners are meeting in Warsaw for a landmark Summit. Cybersecurity will figure prominently on the agenda. Today’s security landscape has evolved since the first NATO summit held almost 60 decades ago. With threats becoming more hybrid in nature, the role of “cyber” has increased significantly; a state of affairs which the Summit is likely to recognize in designating cyber as the “fifth domain of … Read more »

Do you have a license for cybersecurity?

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Cyber threats move at Internet speed and so must cyber responders, to protect networks and data both in Europe and across the globe. Imagine the impact on cybersecurity if responders, innovators, and developers were told to pause and apply for an export license before responding to a threat. That’s what will happen under a new and overbroad cybersecurity regulation aimed at “intrusion software.” Recently, the Coalition for Responsible Cybersecurity and … Read more »

Accessibility in the workplace – a competitive edge

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People across Europe increasingly rely on technology to get their jobs done. But if you have a disability, this can be a challenge. Almost half (48%) of all EU citizens living with disabilities are unemployed. This means over 38 million people are missing out on the opportunity to participate fully and equally in society. Improving this state of affairs by creating workplaces adapted to the needs of those with disabilities … Read more »

Why innovation should be accessible for all

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Steve Gleason, former American football star, loves to tweet about his team’s latest victories. When he’s not on Twitter, he’s catching up on emails or reading to his son. Ordinary, everyday activities. But the fact that he is doing them at all is extraordinary. Because Steve lives with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which has left him unable to talk or move. Steve is facing this with characteristic grit and determination, … Read more »

Transforming education to improve student skills

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Across Europe, youth unemployment remains at a stubbornly high average of almost 20%. Education leaders are responding to this challenge with major policy reforms designed to modernize education and skills development. Microsoft partners with the European Commission and governments across the EU to support this. We believe in leveraging the power of technology to personalize learning, increase students’ employability and improve learning outcomes. Technology can also play a key role … Read more »

What’s Next for Blockchain: Technology, Economics and Regulation

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Interest in blockchain technology is increasing throughout Europe. Just recently, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on virtual currencies calling on the Commission to establish a task force to study blockchain and distributed ledger technology. The resolution notes that blockchain has “the potential to contribute positively to citizens’ welfare and economic development” by, for example, dramatically lowering transaction costs for payments, as well as enhancing the payment systems’ speed and … Read more »

Survival of the most (cyber) resilient

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By 2045, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, giving cities a level of power and importance unrivaled in all of human history. But its leaders must also face new challenges that once were just the domain of the nation state, including unemployment and gentrification, climate change, terrorism, and the impact of rapid digitization. Because cities wish to thrive, rather than merely survive, many are … Read more »

Greener datacenters for a brighter future: Microsoft’s commitment to renewable energy

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As the world increasingly races to a future based on cloud computing, a host of new and important public issues are emerging. One of these issues involves the energy and sustainability practices of the datacenters that power the cloud. Over the past year we’ve spent considerable time focusing on our work in this area at Microsoft, and I wanted to share today where were heading.

International Girls in ICT Day 2016 – Enabling Women to Succeed

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Today is International Girls in ICT Day – an opportunity to get more women of all ages and background interested in computer science. Currently, women represent just 30% of Europe’s ICT workforce; yet 90% of all future jobs will rely on digital skills. It’s clear we need a common European effort to spark, promote and maintain female interest in technology, whether to ensure the future talent pipeline within the ICT … Read more »