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  • Working together to bring broadband to rural Veterans

    Our nation’s Veterans have contributed to our country in so many ways, in countless locations around the globe. When they return home, many Veterans who reside in rural areas are not able to access broadband internet which is critical to using telehealth services, gaining educational opportunities, and growing a small business or running a family... The post Working together to bring broadband to rural Veterans appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • GDPR’s first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection

    May 25 marks one year since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation officially went into effect. GDPR is a groundbreaking privacy framework that empowers residents of the EU to control their personal information so they can use digital technologies to engage freely and safely with each other and with the world. A lot has... The post GDPR’s first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Making accessibility easy to learn, use, build and master

    Today, we are celebrating the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The day was founded by two individuals, Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon, who wanted to raise the awareness and visibility of accessibility around the world. Recently, I chatted with Jennison, who leads the accessibility program at LinkedIn, about where GAAD started and how... The post Making accessibility easy to learn, use, build and master appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • The Christchurch Call and steps to tackle terrorist and violent extremist content

    Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft are publishing nine steps they will take to address the abuse of technology to spread terrorist and violent extremist content. The post The Christchurch Call and steps to tackle terrorist and violent extremist content appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • US Chamber of Commerce Digital Empowers Summit focuses on innovations for business and social good

    The second annual Digital Empowers Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, brought together representatives from business, the technology sector, government and community organizations to highlight tech innovations for both business and social good. The May 10 summit featured panel discussions on the future of work; health, wellness and accessibility;... The post US Chamber of Commerce Digital Empowers Summit focuses on innovations for business and social good appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Protecting democratic elections through secure, verifiable voting

    Today, at the Microsoft Build developer conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced ElectionGuard, a free open-source software development kit (SDK) from our Defending Democracy Program. ElectionGuard will make voting secure, more accessible, and more efficient anywhere it’s used in the United States or in democratic nations around the world. ElectionGuard, developed with the assistance of our... The post Protecting democratic elections through secure, verifiable voting appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Protecting political campaigns from hacking

    Today, at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new service from our Defending Democracy Program called Microsoft 365 for Campaigns, which brings the high-end security capabilities of our Microsoft 365 Business offering to political parties and campaigns. The majority of security breaches faced by political campaigns originate from malicious phishing attacks... The post Protecting political campaigns from hacking appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Increasing transparency and customer control over data

    Today we are announcing new steps to give customers increased transparency and control over their data that is used by Microsoft’s major products. Privacy is one of the defining issues of our time. As technology becomes more engrained in our lives and our work, people want to understand how and why their data is collected... The post Increasing transparency and customer control over data appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Our support for meaningful privacy protection through the Washington Privacy Act

    This past legislative session, we supported efforts by the Washington legislature to pass Senate Bill 5376, the Washington Privacy Act (WPA).  This landmark legislation would have provided consumers in Washington state with the strongest set of privacy protections in the United States. It ensured that consumers, and not businesses, retain control over their personal information... The post Our support for meaningful privacy protection through the Washington Privacy Act appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft releases biannual digital trust reports

    The reports are intended to help our customers understand how Microsoft responds to government and law enforcement requests for data and for content removal. The post Microsoft releases biannual digital trust reports appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]