Growing consensus on the need for an international treaty on nation state attacks

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This week, the Group of 7 (G7) published a declaration recognizing the urgent need to establish international norms for responsible nation state behavior in cyberspace. It’s encouraging to see the commitment of this leading group of nations, but sobering to witness the growing imperative to act. Earlier this year at the RSA Conference in San Francisco I outlined the framework for a Digital Geneva Convention aimed at protecting and defending Read more »

Microsoft selects 15 US teens for inaugural Council for Digital Good

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It’s official: selections have been made for Microsoft’s inaugural Council for Digital Good! We are eager to welcome 15 teens from across the U.S. to our Redmond, Washington, campus in early August for our first council summit. In January, we announced we were accepting applications for a one-year pilot program for young people ages 13 to 17 to help lay the groundwork for a new approach to online interactions, and Read more »

Sharing our journey to help customers comply with the EU’s GDPR at IAPP Global Privacy Summit

At Microsoft, we work every day to earn our customers’ trust by building cloud services that meet the highest standards for security, privacy, compliance and transparency. During the recent 2017 International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., we spoke with customers and partners about the opportunities and challenges they’re tackling, and listened to what they’d like Microsoft to focus on to help them achieve their Read more »

A street-level look at an innovative data-driven partnership

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Cities are gathering hubs for commerce and community, with people crisscrossing them for work, errands, entertainment and family.  Since the first car/horse interaction, enabling these interlocking, overlapping trajectories to occur safely throughout a city has been a challenge. In the 21st century, the ongoing consequences of this challenge drove an international response called Vision Zero which hopes to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. But the factors that Read more »

Microsoft partners with Institute for Strategic Dialogue and NGOs to discourage online radicalization to violence

As outlined in our blog post from last year, Microsoft wants to do its part to help address the use of technology to promote terrorism. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) on a pilot project to better enable nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to surface and serve impactful counter-narrative content via advertisements on Bing. Our hope is that this collaboration will help Read more »

Earning your trust with contractual commitments to the General Data Protection Regulation

Trust is central to Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. So that you can trust the Microsoft products and services you use, we take a principled approach with strong commitments to privacy, security, compliance and transparency. This approach includes helping you on your journey to meet the requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection regulation (GDPR), a privacy regulation which Read more »

Microsoft joins NoBully, UNESCO in upcoming global campaign to stop online bullying

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Microsoft has joined NoBully and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in their bid to create a global campaign to stop online bullying and to inspire young people to stand up for one another in the digital space. NoBully, UNESCO, educators and representatives from companies and non-profits from nine countries met in London last month to begin brainstorming the framework for a worldwide campaign. After the two-day workshop, Read more »

Microsoft releases biannual transparency reports

Today Microsoft is releasing its most recent biannual transparency reports on the Microsoft Transparency Hub. These reports consist of the Law Enforcement Requests Report, U.S. National Security Orders Report and Content Removal Requests Report. The Law Enforcement Requests Report and the U.S. National Security Orders Report, which cover the period from July to December 2016, are largely consistent with previous reports: During the latter half of 2016, Microsoft received a Read more »

Microsoft to city leaders: It’s time to become ‘cyber resilient’

According to Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. And when we think about how cyberthreats or natural disasters could impact some of our world’s largest cities, it’s important to plan and prepare for the potential worst-case scenarios. As cities continue to develop resilience capabilities, they are becoming keenly aware that their resilience increasingly depends on the smooth functioning of information and communications technology (ICT). City managers rely Read more »

Join us: Working together to help people with autism enter the workforce

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As we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month throughout April and World Autism Awareness  Day on April 2, it is a good time to rethink how we can empower every person to achieve more. The vast majority of people with autism are either unemployed or underemployed, leaving a large pool of untapped talent. If we work together, we can help make a difference. Along with EY, HPE and SAP, we are Read more »

Overcoming online pitfalls: Improving safety and building trust through digital civility

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking at George Washington University Law School where our new research and work on digital civility took center stage as a means of helping to combat online pitfalls like cyber-violence, hoaxes and misinformation. “A More Perfect Internet: Digital Incivility, Cyber-Violence and Fake News” was the second program in a series, led by professors Arturo Carillo and Dawn Nunziato, as part of the law school’s Read more »