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 we’re heading.

Getting Europe’s Industry Ready for the Intelligent Cloud

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Just a week ahead of this year’s edition of Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, the European Commission has today presented a set of measures to digitize European industry. This roadmap for digitizing Europe’s industry aims to enable every sector in Europe to use technology to boost productivity and competitiveness, whilst preparing our workforces for the change. Currently, the EU’s target is to increase the value of European industrial manufacturing from … Read more »

Microsoft’s commitments, including DPA cooperation, under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

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Why we conclude, after detailed review, the Privacy Shield should be approved In light of the ongoing discussions about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – the framework to replace the Safe Harbor agreement that governed data transmission between Europe and the United States until it was overturned last October – I wanted to share an overview of where Microsoft stands in this important debate. The issue has been especially important to … Read more »

Transforming health in the cloud

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As we mark World Health Day 2016, it seems appropriate to reflect on the current opportunities and challenges facing health systems, the enabling role technology can play, and the policy steps needed to achieve more sustainable health systems for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Sustainability should be the watchword. Decision-making in the area of health technology provision is often myopic, focused on the short-term. Given that today the average citizen … Read more »

Microsoft Joins Network on Energy Solutions

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Europe is currently facing important energy challenges, from increasingly scarce resources and growing energy needs, to the need to tackle climate change. Finding responsible solutions to the management of our resources will define this century and the lives of future generations. Today sees the launch of the European Parliamentary Network on Energy Solutions, an initiative bringing together Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum and industry leaders … Read more »

In it together – Developing cybernorms is a shared responsibility

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Cybersecurity norms development remains an increasingly important international security imperative. In the past year, governments – either through the work done by the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security, or by the Group of Twenty’s international forum of 20 governments and central banks from major economies– have elevated their commitment to cybersecurity by proposing norms to address security challenges caused by the exploitation of information and communications … Read more »

A Digital Boost for Europe’s Regions

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Since the European Commission first introduced its ambitious proposal for a Digital Single Market strategy nine months ago, much has been said about the potential of the digital economy to boost European growth and prosperity; from reducing public spending and fostering new business models, to equipping people with ICT skills and digitizing traditional industries for tomorrow’s global marketplace. But amidst the broad, high-level discussions, it’s important not to overlook the … Read more »

Too Important to Fail – Advancing Digital Values

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Last week, in partnership with Carnegie Europe and in association with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, we hosted the “Digital Values: Advancing Technology, Preserving Fundamental Rights” event at our Microsoft Center to discuss policies for the digital age. EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová delivered a keynote speech, as did Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith. In his speech, Brad Smith laid out defining issues … Read more »

What’s Next for EU Cybersecurity after the NIS Agreement?

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After three years of intense negotiations, the EU finally reached agreement on the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive this past December. Politically, all that remains to be done is for the text to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in the coming months. Then Member States will have 21 months to implement this landmark legislation. At a technical level, however, there’s still … Read more »

Looking beyond the obvious to benefit from IoT

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How policymakers can embrace the wider social, economic and environmental benefits of the cloud-enabled Internet of Things Much of the discussion about digitization has focused on the economic benefits and efficiencies it brings to big business, the “fourth industrial revolution”. But what about the broader socio-economic impact of cloud computing, smart data and intelligent technology? A new study by Forrester Research highlights some of these wider benefits, as identified by … Read more »