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  • Getting back to nature with AI: Why Microsoft and National Geographic Society are working together to advance conservation science with computer science

    By Dr. Jonathan Baillie, chief scientist at National Geographic Society, and Dr. Lucas Joppa, chief environmental scientist at Microsoft Yesterday, Microsoft and National Geographic Society announced a new, joint grant program that will equip explorers working on the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century with the most advanced technologies available today. “AI for... The post Getting back to nature with AI: Why Microsoft and National Geographic Society are working together to advance conservation science with computer science appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility

    All tools can be used for good or ill. Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head. The more powerful the tool, the greater the benefit or damage it can cause. The last few months have brought this into stark relief when it comes to computer-assisted facial... The post Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Digital civility highlighted at child online protection event

    Last week, I organized a workshop on digital civility at the Marie Collins Foundation annual conference, “From Discovery to Recovery – Online Sexual Abuse of Children.” Microsoft is a sponsor of the foundation, a U.K.-based charity that directly supports children who have been sexually abused online, as well as their families. Our session included representatives... The post Digital civility highlighted at child online protection event appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • The country needs to get immigration right

    Perhaps more than anything, we need Congress to remember the fundamental decency and humanitarian spirit that defines us as a people and a nation. In short, we need to take care of children. The post The country needs to get immigration right appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft statement on separating families at the southern border

    As a company, Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border. Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy and law since the end of World War II. The post Microsoft statement on separating families at the southern border appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Online calculator to help tackle disparities in the criminal justice system in Washington state

    What happens when people are assigned legal debts that are out of their reach to repay?  The results can be an unfair lifelong burden that keeps them from successfully re-entering society with realistic opportunities to succeed, impeding access to education, employment, driver’s licenses and voting, and leading to cycles of incarceration for failure to pay.... The post Online calculator to help tackle disparities in the criminal justice system in Washington state appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Technology sector collaborates to develop HID standard for braille displays

    Improving experiences for all our customers is something that we obsess over. We know that advancements in technology and inclusive design can help unlock solutions that empower people with disabilities. We also recognize the need to work together — across the industry — to ensure that no one is left behind. That is why Microsoft... The post Technology sector collaborates to develop HID standard for braille displays appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft’s commitment to GDPR, privacy and putting customers in control of their own data

    On Friday, May 25, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation — better known as GDPR — officially takes effect. GDPR is an important step forward for privacy rights in Europe and around the world, and we’ve been enthusiastic supporters of GDPR since it was first proposed in 2012. It sets a strong standard for... The post Microsoft’s commitment to GDPR, privacy and putting customers in control of their own data appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft Cloud delivers when it comes to energy efficiency and carbon-emission reductions, study finds

    By Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist, and Christian Belady, General Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture Organizations mindful about energy, carbon and sustainability should consider moving on-premises datacenters to the Microsoft Cloud – that’s the top line takeaway from a new report released today. It found that Microsoft Cloud services[i] are up to 93 percent... The post Microsoft Cloud delivers when it comes to energy efficiency and carbon-emission reductions, study finds appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Next Generation Washington: spring 2018 update

    In keeping with our commitment to communicate Microsoft’s priorities on key issues affecting our state, I want to share our perspective on this year’s session of the Washington State Legislature and the related state decisions that have followed. It was a short and productive session this year, and there have been some additional steps forward... The post Next Generation Washington: spring 2018 update appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]