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  • New cyberthreats require new ways to protect democracy

    Starting today at the Aspen Security Forum we’re demonstrating the first voting system running Microsoft ElectionGuard as an example of how ElectionGuard can enable a new era of secure, verifiable voting. The demo shows how it’s also possible to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities and more affordable for local governments while increasing... The post New cyberthreats require new ways to protect democracy appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • New Cascadia Data Discovery Initiative accelerates health innovation

    The Cascadia Innovation Corridor is home to some of the world’s leading technology, research and medical organizations. In December of last year Microsoft and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center together started a new chapter for our region when Microsoft President Brad Smith announced a $4 million challenge gift focused on accelerating cancer research. Today, in... The post New Cascadia Data Discovery Initiative accelerates health innovation appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • The power of inclusion, extending our learnings from the Supported Employment Program

    Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. That includes the 1+ billion people with disabilities around the world. We believe that people with disabilities are a strength for our company and a talent pool that adds not just diversity but expertise and empathy that... The post The power of inclusion, extending our learnings from the Supported Employment Program appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • As technology like AI propels us into the future, it can also play an important role in preserving our past

    It’s hard to ignore the anxieties and even polarization that one sees in so many places around the world today. The forces of globalization are reshaping our communities in tangible ways. Increasingly, more people voice concerns about their place in society and their cultural identity and heritage. We see this not only in the United... The post As technology like AI propels us into the future, it can also play an important role in preserving our past appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Statement from Microsoft President Brad Smith on Supreme Court decision to hear DACA cases

    On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in three consolidated cases concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. One of those cases is a suit brought by Princeton University, one of its undergraduate students and Microsoft which challenges the federal government’s termination of the DACA program. Microsoft joined the lawsuit... The post Statement from Microsoft President Brad Smith on Supreme Court decision to hear DACA cases appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Helping refugees and displaced persons by shifting the approach to how we help nonprofits

    Every year on June 20, World Refugee Day, the world focuses its attention on the growing crisis of human displacement; a mounting global tragedy, as there are more refugees today than any time seen since World War II. A few months ago, I was humbled by my first visit to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, a... The post Helping refugees and displaced persons by shifting the approach to how we help nonprofits appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft 365 for Campaigns now available

    Today Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft 365 for Campaigns, a powerful new tool from our Defending Democracy Program designed to bring the advanced security capabilities of our Microsoft 365 Business offering to all federal political campaigns and national party committees in the United States. Campaigns and party organizations can now sign up for the... The post Microsoft 365 for Campaigns now available appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Microsoft responds to EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule

    This country needs strong energy and climate policies to address the serious threat of climate change, while also bolstering American competitiveness, innovation and job growth. Unfortunately, today’s Affordable Clean Energy rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a step in the wrong direction. By effectively reversing the Clean Power Plan, the rule weakens... The post Microsoft responds to EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • Next Generation Washington: 2019 legislative session recap

    Earlier this year, I shared Microsoft’s 2019 Washington state legislative priorities as part of our practice to engage constructively on important regional issues. Since then, a lot has happened, and I thought it was a good time to provide an update on where we landed on the issues we feel are important for the future... The post Next Generation Washington: 2019 legislative session recap appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues. […]

  • 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. […]