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  • ‘Power of Zero’ campaign launches, promoting digital civility and positive online behaviors

    Earlier this week, Power of Zero, a new global campaign calling for zero violence, zero hate and zero bullying from age zero launched in New York City. Microsoft was on hand to support the lead organization NoBully and to promote civility and positive online behaviors among children, young people and all digital citizens. The launch,... The post ‘Power of Zero’ campaign launches, promoting digital civility and positive online behaviors appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Girls from diverse backgrounds have the lens computer science needs — give them encouragement and inclusive spaces to innovate

    As the head of Microsoft Philanthropies and the first female attorney hired at Microsoft, I’ve experienced firsthand the amazing potential for change when girls and women are empowered to create and innovate. Take Aishwarya Manoharan, a student of computer science and informatics at the University of Washington. When Aishwarya was growing up, she didn’t know... The post Girls from diverse backgrounds have the lens computer science needs — give them encouragement and inclusive spaces to innovate appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Expanding efforts to protect European democracies from cyberthreats

    This year millions of Europeans will head to the polls to cast their ballots. At the same time, we’ve seen and continue to see efforts by nation-states and others to influence elections in democracies around the world including in Europe. These attacks target not just political campaigns and government officials but also think tanks and... The post Expanding efforts to protect European democracies from cyberthreats appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • European teens use their voices for digital good at Italy’s Safer Internet Day events

    Cyberbullying, sexting and online well-being are among 16 priority areas selected by young people across the globe as part of the 2020 Smarter Internet for Kids Agenda announced last week in Italy. Microsoft was on hand to hear the ideas and view the work of dozens of teens, all while continuing to promote digital civility,... The post European teens use their voices for digital good at Italy’s Safer Internet Day events appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Next Generation Washington: Our priorities for 2019

    The Washington State Legislature recently began its 2019 session. In keeping with Microsoft tradition, I’d like to share with you our legislative priorities. What follows are a few of the issues at the top of our agenda this year. Ensuring a healthy community: the need for affordable housing in the Puget Sound region Growth in the... The post Next Generation Washington: Our priorities for 2019 appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • People around the world report increased civility online, new Microsoft research shows

    People around the world and in the U.S., Germany, France and Belgium, in particular, are experiencing increased levels of online civility, data from a new Microsoft research study show. The findings are being released in conjunction with international Safer Internet Day, Feb. 5. Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index (DCI) fell two points in the latest year... The post People around the world report increased civility online, new Microsoft research shows appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Milestone reached: AI at heart of Legal Navigator complete, will connect people with legal resources

    The system is designed as a platform that can benefit the entire legal aid community. The post Milestone reached: AI at heart of Legal Navigator complete, will connect people with legal resources appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Where they are now: Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good six months later

    In July 2018, we concluded our inaugural Council for Digital Good, an initiative involving 15 teens from 12 U.S. states, selected to help advance our work in digital civility: promoting safer and healthier online interactions among all people. Six months later and just weeks away from international Safer Internet Day 2019, we wanted to share... The post Where they are now: Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good six months later appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Ensuring a healthy community: the need for affordable housing

    By Brad Smith, President, and Amy Hood, Chief Financial Officer In 1979, Microsoft made the Puget Sound region our home when the company’s first 30 employees moved into an office building next to The Burgermaster in Bellevue. Over the decades, we’ve grown from a small start-up to become one of the world’s leading technology companies.... The post Ensuring a healthy community: the need for affordable housing appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Today in Technology: The top 10 tech issues for 2019

    By Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne This past year we’ve addressed some of history’s most important innovations in our Today in Technology blog and video series. Our focus is always on what we can learn from the past and apply to today’s issues. Today we look back at more recent history – the past 12... The post Today in Technology: The top 10 tech issues for 2019 appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]