Largest industry-funded research cooperative draws on Cascadia corridor to advance solutions to urban challenges  

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The cities of Vancouver and Seattle share many strengths: a long history of innovation, world-class universities and a region rich in cultural and ethnic diversity. While both cities have achieved great success on their own, leaders from both sides of the border realize that tighter partnership and collaboration, through the creation of a Cascadia Innovation Corridor, will expand economic opportunity and prosperity well beyond what each community can achieve separately. Read more »

Bringing the other half of the world online

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In 2015, United Nations member states adopted a new sustainable development agenda to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.” Part of that agenda specifically calls for universal and affordable access to the internet by 2020. Yet nearly 4 billion people still lack internet access, and time is running out to meet the U.N.’s target date. They are at risk of falling further behind as the other half of the Read more »

Microsoft Azure IP Advantage: A closer look at the ‘patent pick’

A few days ago we launched Microsoft Azure IP Advantage, a new program to help Azure customers reduce their intellectual property risk in the cloud so they can focus on innovating.  We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to the program so far and have quickly found fans for all three elements: expanded indemnification, the “patent pick” and the springing license benefit. One aspect that has received a lot of attention Read more »

Get GDPR compliant with the Microsoft Cloud

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most significant change to European Union (EU) privacy law in two decades. The GDPR requires that organizations respect and protect personal data – no matter where it is sent, processed or stored. Complying with the GDPR will not be easy. To simplify your path to compliance, Microsoft is committing to be GDPR compliant across our cloud services when enforcement begins on Read more »

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention

Infographic about proposed Digital Geneva Convention

Responding to the rise in nation-state cybersecurity attacks This year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco brings the world’s security professionals together to discuss cybersecurity at a critical time.  The past year has witnessed not just the growth of cybercrime, but a proliferation in cyberattacks that is both new and disconcerting.  This has included not only cyber-attacks mounted for financial gain, but new nation-state attacks as well.  As engineers and other Read more »

At US Safer Internet Day launch event in Philadelphia, youth commit to being kinder online

Photo of teens' Post-its on display board about digital civility

Youth and teens attending the official U.S. launch event of Safer Internet Day 2017 embraced Microsoft’s Digital Civility Challenge and committed to being kinder and more respectful to one another online. Celebrated in Philadelphia, as part of Safer Internet Day 2017, Microsoft released research from 14 countries, our inaugural Digital Civility Index, the challenge and other resources to encourage more empathetic and respectful online interactions. Our hope is that digital Read more »

Microsoft releases Digital Civility Index, challenges people to be more empathetic online

It’s Safer Internet Day 2017, and Microsoft is challenging people around the world to embrace “digital civility” and to treat each other with respect and dignity online. It may sound simple, but new Microsoft research shows people are concerned about the tone of online interactions and worry that risks will increase in the future. The research prompted the creation of our Digital Civility Index, which we’re also announcing today – Read more »

The need for an exception process under last week’s executive order

Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs In last Friday’s executive order, the President expressly gave to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security the authority to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the national interest, to issue visas and other immigration benefits. Today Microsoft is filing a formal request asking these cabinet officers to create a process to grant exceptions that Read more »

Response to the Jan. 27 US executive order on immigration

On Sunday Microsoft issued the following statement in response to the Jan. 27 executive order on immigration: “We believe the executive order is misguided and a fundamental step backwards. There are more effective ways to protect public safety without creating so much collateral damage to the country’s reputation and values.” On Monday, Jan. 30, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted an employee Q&A, where he offered more personal remarks, saying: “I Read more »

Calling US teens: Apply to join our new Council for Digital Good

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Teenagers in the U.S., listen up: here’s a unique opportunity to have your voices heard about digital issues. Effective today, Microsoft is accepting applications for our Council for Digital Good, a one-year pilot program for youths ages 13 to 17 to help lay the groundwork for a new approach to online interactions. Selected council members will be invited to our Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, for a two-day trip in Read more »

Next Generation Washington: Our perspective on this year’s state legislative agenda

Legs of many unrecognizable people in a demonstration. View from the ground.

As we begin a new year, lawmakers from across Washington state have been sharing the policy positions they are advocating for during this year’s legislative session.  Increasingly public interest groups have also called for increased transparency by others who “walk the halls” in the state capitol, including companies.  We thought about this and concluded that these groups make a good point; after all, the democratic process benefits from more open Read more »