Why should business get involved in education?

Traditionally, young people are educated to become competent employees. This has been the goal for many years and has proved to be essential for the development and growth of modern society. For many years the educational systems has fostered an increasing number of educated and trained individuals for the benefit of the individual and society.Throughout the times businesses as well as public organisations have recruited skilled employees fit to carry … Read more »

What are the policy considerations in enabling Big Data?

Unleashing the potential of a data-driven economy will require policies that enable data to flow and be exchanged freely across geopolitical boundaries, while minimizing risks and harms to enterprises and individuals globally. This is a difficult balance that requires local, national, and regional governments to agree on which data can be shared, how they can be used, who should have access, and which nations would have jurisdictions in resolving disputes.Regulations … Read more »

Big data: The next big ICT policy debate in Brussels

In recent years, cloud computing has captured much of policy makers’ attention. With its massive datacenters, the Internet cloud delivers virtually infinite resources, providing the storage capacity to orchestrate massive flow of information and, most importantly, providing an elasticity of computing resources that cuts costs for businesses and government alike.The cloud’s economic importance to Europe is undisputed, in particular in a time of crisis and financial adversity. The…

Effective career levers for youth: putting more Europeans into jobs

Europe is at risk of being left behind by countries such as India, which is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Currently the EU member states lose €153 billion every year by not being able to reconcile a quality transition and easier access to the labour market for the 14 million out-of-work, disengaged young Europeans.The issue is closely interlinked with the capacity of European organizations … Read more »

EU for high quality learning: Updates from the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education

You’ve all seen the figures over the past year and more that show high youth unemployment across some European Union Member States. But do people know that technology can have an enabling role in Europe and beyond? What is the connection between solving youth unemployment across Europe and the role of technology as an enabler? Well, before I get to that, everyone should also know that Europe has not been … Read more »

Careful steps toward an EU patent

The EU and, before that, the European Community, have been talking since the 1960s about the possibility of a single patent that covers its whole territory. As it stands now, only one aspect of getting a patent here is centralised: You can go to the European Patent Office and have your application examined one time rather than in multiple countries.But once you pass that hurdle, you still need to go … Read more »

Europe’s new plan for Digital Jobs: Microsoft signs pledge at Grand Coalition

The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs was launched last week to address the shortfall of Europeans with digital professional skills and to exploit the employment potential of ICT. The EU’s competitiveness is “under threat” according to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, if it cannot fill the expertise gap. An issue critical to business, government & educators alike, Ms Kroes presented a concrete map visualised as metro lines for EU … Read more »

Responding to government legal demands for customer data

Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information. We believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, yet the Government is stopping us. For example, Government lawyers have yet to respond to the petition we … Read more »

Digital Agenda review and 2013 ‘digital’ priorities: future innovation is key

Early February, European Commission Vice-President Kroes set-out the Commission’s digital priorities for 2013-14, a package of 7 actions around the regulatory environment for broadband, with the headline Digital Agenda target of ‘100 MBps for every European’ in mind. And that includes efforts ranging from rules on wholesale broadband and engineering costs, to universal service and spectrum.In this perspective, at Microsoft, we hope to see in the spring a courageous new … Read more »

Youth, parents, teachers, schools: take note of a new online bullying report

As online meanness and cruelty continue to garner global attention, parents, educators, and school officials grow hungrier for new information and guidance. All are looking to formulate and implement strategies and policies that will help protect young people both online and off. A recent report from more than a dozen leading academics from 11 countries offers additional considerations and recommendations.The group, made up of academics from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Gr…