The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Thursday that Microsoft is one of 30 Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development as part of the organization’s Global Development Lab, reports Microsoft on the Issues.
On March 20, news coverage focused on a case in 2012 in which Microsoft investigators accessed the Hotmail content of a user who was trafficking in stolen Microsoft source code. In a blog post Friday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith outlined an important change to the company’s privacy practices.
Over the past week, Microsoft participated in two days of inspiring events in two cities — We Day Seattle and We Day California. This is part of the company’s three-year commitment to sponsor Free The Children’s signature We Day event and the We Act yearlong in-school community service program in Washington and California.
There’s nothing like seeing the brilliant spark of an idea in the eyes of a young person – except seeing it in the eyes of 15,000 young people, writes Lisa Brummel, Microsoft executive vice president, human resources. That’s what she and others will see Friday at the second annual We Day in Seattle. Microsoft is a key sponsor of the event, which celebrates teens who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others.
When the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services starts accepting this year’s applications for H-1B visas, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available, and many will not be able to get a visa to work in the U.S. “This annual shortfall is again a reminder of the need for Congress to finally pass immigration reform,” writes Fred Humphries, Microsoft vice president, U.S. Government Affairs.
On Thursday, Microsoft published its most recent Law Enforcement Requests Report, which details the number of legal demands for customer data the company received from law enforcement agencies around the world and how Microsoft responded to those requests.
Wherever Microsoft does business, we are active members of the communities in which we live and work. At the Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) in Hyderabad, some employees took a particular interest in the needs of the visually impaired. Juhee Ahmed and fellow employees of the MSIDC contributed to create a the Mobility & Sensory Stimulation Park—the first of its kind in the world.
The Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship is a grassroots effort begun by the company’s internal Cross Disability Employee Resource Group. Each year, a panel of Microsoft volunteers will select high school seniors with visual, hearing, cognitive, mobility or speech disabilities to receive individual $5,000 scholarships for study at four-year or two-year universities, colleges or technical colleges.
Microsoft’s Keith Loo is a driving force behind Make Web Not War, a community-driven open source and open government initiative. On Friday, Loo will join 300 public servants, community activists, developers and designers gathering in Toronto for Open Data Day.