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  • Microsoft adopts European Cloud Principles

    Microsoft, on May 18th, 2022, announced a set of five European Cloud Principles that the company is adopting to run the cloud business across Europe. These principles will guide all aspects of the cloud business, enhance transparency for the public, and help better support Europe’s technology needs. Read the full blog from Microsoft President Brad... The post Microsoft adopts European Cloud Principles appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Continuing the fight against private sector cyberweapons

    Commercialized cyberweapons continue to threaten consumers, businesses and governments. Microsoft believes that allowing private sector offensive actors, or PSOAs, to develop and sell surveillance and intrusion capabilities to unscrupulous governments and business interests endangers basic human rights. We take this threat seriously, and today are announcing the disruption of the use of certain cyberweapons created... The post Continuing the fight against private sector cyberweapons appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • A street-by-street view of digital inequity in the United States

    We often say that you can’t fix a problem you don’t understand. Today, Microsoft is releasing a new Digital Equity Data Dashboard to help create better understanding of the economic opportunity gaps in towns, cities and neighborhoods across the United States. The new tool was developed by our Chief Data Science Officer Juan Lavista Ferres... The post A street-by-street view of digital inequity in the United States appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War

    Editor’s note: Today Microsoft published a new intelligence report, Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War. This report represents research conducted by Microsoft’s threat intelligence and data science teams with the goal of sharpening our understanding of the threat landscape in the ongoing war in Ukraine. The report also offers a series of lessons... The post Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Microsoft’s framework for building AI systems responsibly

    Today we are sharing publicly Microsoft’s Responsible AI Standard, a framework to guide how we build AI systems. It is an important step in our journey to develop better, more trustworthy AI. We are releasing our latest Responsible AI Standard to share what we have learned, invite feedback from others, and contribute to the discussion... The post Microsoft’s framework for building AI systems responsibly appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • World Refugee Day: Tech companies, together, can strengthen the safety net

    “Please don’t create the next trafficking app.” Those were the words I heard a few months ago when I visited a large international humanitarian organization as it focused on helping refugee children from Ukraine. The point of that statement was that too often and despite our best intentions, private sector technology companies, including us, jump... The post World Refugee Day: Tech companies, together, can strengthen the safety net appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • CWA and Microsoft announce labor neutrality agreement

    On June 2, we announced and adopted principles that apply across Microsoft for employee organizing and engagement with labor organizations.   Today I want to share that we are putting these principles into practice with a ground-breaking labor neutrality agreement between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Microsoft. This agreement, details of which you can... The post CWA and Microsoft announce labor neutrality agreement appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Microsoft announces four new employee workforce initiatives

    Today, Microsoft is announcing new changes and investments aimed at further deepening our employee relationships and enhancing our workplace culture. Specifically, we are making changes to U.S. based policies and practices related to noncompetition clauses, confidentiality agreements in dispute resolution, pay transparency in our hiring practices, and the initiation of a civil rights audit.  For... The post Microsoft announces four new employee workforce initiatives appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • Microsoft adopts principles for employee organizing and engagement with labor organizations

    As we approach the second quarter of the 21st century, the American economy continues to evolve. Our free market is being reshaped in part by changing public expectations about the nature of work and the responsibilities of corporations. Technology is contributing to these changes, and the tech sector itself is addressing anew a facet that... The post Microsoft adopts principles for employee organizing and engagement with labor organizations appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.

  • This Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let’s talk tech and employment for people with disabilities

    Editor’s Note: This blog was updated after publication.  Today we honor the 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is a day of awareness focused on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities around the world. The pandemic has grown the disability demographic and widened the disability divide. Yet there are the seeds... The post This Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let’s talk tech and employment for people with disabilities appeared first on Microsoft On the Issues.