Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft
With Windows 8’s recent release to manufacturing, we know many people are interested in how customers will discover Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10. DNT will be enabled in the "Express Settings" portion of the Windows 8 set-up experience. There, customers will also be given a "Customize" option, allowing them to easily switch DNT "off" if they'd like.
This approach is consistent with Microsoft's goal of designing and configuring IE features to better protect user privacy, while also affording customers control of those features. It also underscores that the privacy of our customers is a top priority for Microsoft.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
Unlike their parents who went back to school with new notebooks, pens, pencils, and binders, today’s young people are likely readying for the coming academic year with laptops, tablets and mobile phones. But, before parents arm kids with the latest Internet-enabled devices, it’s a good idea to share some do’s and don’ts about online safety.
Whether it’s a new laptop for research and writing, a tablet for reading, or a mobile phone to get in touch with mom or dad in the event of an emergency, kids are using mobile technology more than ever. Data show that 52 percent of kids ages eight to 12, and 77 percent between 12 and 17, own mobile phones, with teenagers 14 to 17 sending an average of 100 text messages a day.
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Posted by Steve LippmanDirector of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
Earlier this summer, Net Impact and Rutgers University released the results of a study that examined what students and professionals across the U.S. most valued in a job. The findings of the report - Talent Report: What Workers Want in 2012 - were striking, particularly for those of us with an interest in corporate social responsibility:
- Employees who say they have the opportunity to make a direct social and environmental impact through their job report greater job satisfaction than those who can’t by a 2:1 ratio.
- Students believe that having a job that makes a social impact on the world is a more important life goal than a prestigious career or being wealthy or even having children. Among their life goals, it ranked only below financial security and marriage in importance.
- More than half (58 percent) of graduating students said they would take a 15 percent pay cut to “work for an organization whose values are like my own.” More than a third (35 percent) said they would take a 15 percent pay cut to ‘work for a company committed to corporate and environmental sustainability.’
Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
In the latest installment of our Director Video Series featuring conversations with Microsoft’s board of directors, Dina Dublon recently sat down with Microsoft’s Channel 9 to share insights on her experience as a Microsoft director.
During the course of the conversation, Ms. Dublon speaks about being one of the first women on the trading floor of a major bank and her background in finance and accounting. She also offers a behind-the-scenes view of how the board operates, and talks about the importance of board diversity.
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Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
This edition of The Week in Tech Policy has stories on higher education, online privacy guidelines for children, wireless spectrum and more.
Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s assess higher education’s financial health. Two major credit agencies have reached the conclusion that the high education industry’s financial risks have intensified since the start of 2012. Why? According to the University of Washington’s Office of Planning & Budgeting Blog, “both agencies noted that…state budget appropriations continue to fall, operating expenses are outpacing tuition revenue growth, and diminishing family net worth could affect enrollment as a growing number of colleges become unaffordable.”