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  • Microsoft’s work to strengthen cybersecurity protection

    Editor’s Note: On Thursday, June 13, Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Microsoft’s cybersecurity practices. You can view the hearing here via C-Span.   In his written testimony, Brad acknowledges the unique role Microsoft plays in safeguarding America’s cybersecurity. He notes that Microsoft accepts responsibility for... The post Microsoft’s work to strengthen cybersecurity protection appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • How Russia is trying to disrupt the 2024 Paris Olympic Games

    Russia is ramping up malign disinformation campaigns against France, French President Emmanuel Macron, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris. While Russia has a decades-long history of targeting the Olympic Games, the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center (MTAC) has observed old tactics blending with artificial intelligence (AI) in malign activity that... The post How Russia is trying to disrupt the 2024 Paris Olympic Games appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Accelerating AI opportunity and climate solutions in Africa

    Last fall, I had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, where world leaders discussed the role of sustainability investment, technology, and innovation in Africa. If there was one central theme that emerged from that week, it was that innovation abounds and there is a strong desire among the... The post Accelerating AI opportunity and climate solutions in Africa appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Spring forward – May gave us a month of accessibility innovation

    New this month There has been a lot of accessibility news this month including Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an annual event that encourages everyone to learn and share best practices for digital accessibility and inclusion. And to think it all started with a blog post and a phone call. I had the privilege of... The post Spring forward – May gave us a month of accessibility innovation appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Global Governance: Goals and Lessons for AI

    As AI policy conversations expanded last year, they started to be punctuated by repeated references to unexpected abbreviations. Not the usual short names for new AI models or machine learning jargon, but acronyms for the different international institutions that today govern civil aviation, nuclear power, and global capital flows. This piqued our curiosity. We wanted... The post Global Governance: Goals and Lessons for AI appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Our 2024 Environmental Sustainability Report

    Today, Microsoft published the 2024 Environmental Sustainability Report. This report covers fiscal year 2023, and measures progress against our 2020 baseline. You can read the foreword below and explore the report in its entirety here. Accelerating innovation and partnership for people and the planet Four years ago, Microsoft committed that, by 2030, we would become carbon... The post Our 2024 Environmental Sustainability Report appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Microsoft and OpenAI launch Societal Resilience Fund

    Today, Microsoft and OpenAI are announcing the launch of a $2 million Societal Resilience Fund to further AI education and literacy among voters and vulnerable communities. In a year when two billion people across the globe will vote in democratic elections, it is more important than ever to provide tools and information that will help... The post Microsoft and OpenAI launch Societal Resilience Fund appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Providing further transparency on our responsible AI efforts

    The following is the foreword to the inaugural edition of our annual Responsible AI Transparency Report. The FULL REPORT is available at this link. We believe we have an obligation to share our responsible AI practices with the public, and this report enables us to record and share our maturing practices, reflect on what we... The post Providing further transparency on our responsible AI efforts appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Microsoft Joins Thorn and All Tech Is Human to enact strong child safety commitments for generative AI

    While millions of people use AI to supercharge their productivity and expression, there is the risk that these technologies are abused. Building on our longstanding commitment to online safety, Microsoft has joined Thorn, All Tech is Human, and other leading companies in their effort to prevent the misuse of generative AI technologies to perpetrate, proliferate,... The post Microsoft Joins Thorn and All Tech Is Human to enact strong child safety commitments for generative AI appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Expanding our Content Integrity tools to support global elections

    This year, more people than at any point in human history will have an opportunity to cast a vote, and this momentous election year is already well underway. The European Union will hold parliamentary elections this summer and roughly half of European countries will hold national or regional elections this year. All of this is... The post Expanding our Content Integrity tools to support global elections appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.