Microsoft appoints globally respected regulator to privacy leadership role

Julie Brill

Microsoft announced today that Julie Brill, former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will join Microsoft to lead privacy, data protection and other regulatory issues as head of its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Group. Brill will join as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs. She will report directly to Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. “Cloud computing, big data and 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 »

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 »

European Commission clears Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn; deal to close in coming days

The European Commission announced Tuesday in Brussels that it has cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Microsoft has now obtained all the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days. Tuesday’s clearance follows similar reviews and approvals in the United States, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. As part of discussions with the European Commission, Microsoft formalized several commitments regarding its support for third-party Read more »

Teaching kids computer science: no computer required

Six girls outside a classroom learning computer science by using CS Unplugged

Every young person should have the opportunity to learn computer science skills and, by extension, gain a better understanding of how the technology works, since it will impact so many aspects of their lives. A grant announced today will help more youth get that opportunity. Computational thinking is described by Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president at Microsoft Research, as the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing Read more »

How Microsoft supports global actions for climate change

Next month, when countries around the world meet in Morocco for the United Nations meeting on climate change, Microsoft will continue to support global actions to reduce carbon as part of the Paris Agreement. In the past month, countries have achieved three important global policy milestones: controlling aviation emissions, reducing hydrofluorocarbons and accelerating entry into force of the Paris Agreement. “At Microsoft, we are proud to support these efforts and Read more »

EU-US Privacy Shield: Progress for privacy rights

Today in a post on the Microsoft EU Policy Blog, Microsoft Vice President for EU Government Affairs John Frank welcomed the new E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield decision, which the European Commission is expected to announce on July 12. Microsoft regards privacy as a fundamental right, and the new Privacy Shield advances this right by setting a new high standard for the protection of Europeans’ personal data. “This is an important achievement Read more »

Microsoft interns in British Columbia get a lesson in changing the world

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, Vancover, British Columbia

In March, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stood on a stage at the Build 2016 conference, in front of an audience of hundreds – with many more watching online – and introduced Seeing AI, a research project that aims to help the visually impaired or blind better navigate the world around them. The Seeing AI research prototype uses computer vision, image and speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning to Read more »

Microsoft’s approach to terrorist content online

Terrorist attacks around the world have sparked intense discussion and debate about how best to address content on the Internet that is used to promote terrorist violence or recruit for terrorist groups. We want to use this time to take new steps and outline how we are addressing this important issue. It’s inevitable – and understandable – that digital technology has become a focus of demands for new measures to Read more »

Cloud power disrupts global malware

malware, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, cybercrime, security

A red glow spread across a map of the world displayed on a wall-sized monitor in the Microsoft Cybercrime Center. Within seconds, specialized analytics developed by Microsoft processed millions of individual pieces of data. The analysis revealed the infection rate was more than twice what had been anticipated, with a million more infections lurking just under the surface. Visualizing the data this way confirmed what Microsoft malware analysts and cybercrime Read more »