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  • Blog Post: New Zealanders’ online safety concerns reflected in proposed legislation

    Posted by Delight Roberts Senior Online Safety Strategist, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Online safety issues and concerns are universal yet have geographical relevance. I recently spent seven weeks on temporary assignment to Netsafe , New Zealand’s premier Internet safety organization. What...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s chief online safety officer reflects on first year in role

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Stephen Balkam, chief executive officer of the Family Online Safety Institute. Some years ago, I wrote a piece proposing that every tech company (and the White House) needed a Chief Online Safety Officer. Microsoft heeded the call. I sat down recently...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online for Safer Internet Day

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft To mark Safer Internet Day (SID) 2014, Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online and to make that one thing part of their daily digital routines. As part of this campaign, on Monday we’re launching...
  • Blog Post: The battle of the sexes; what new data reveal

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft The one thing on which men and women always seem to agree is that they can rarely agree on anything. Asking directions may be the perfect example. Yet in today’s data-driven world, there is perhaps one social attitude that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Encourages Parents to “Get Game Smart”

    Posted by Robbie Bach President, Entertainment and Devices Division Today’s digital world is an exciting place for kids, offering a mind-boggling array of high-tech diversions. Recent statistics speak volumes. According to recent PEW studies, 97 percent of teens play video games and 65 percent...
  • Blog Post: Verifying Your Identity Online

    Posted by Jules Cohen Director, Trustworthy Computing This week I travelled to Washington, D.C. for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit . The event is a great opportunity for members of the global privacy community to connect, debate the pressing privacy...
  • Blog Post: Stop. Think. Connect: Microsoft, government and industry join forces to promote online safety

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications – Privacy & Online Safety National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October is the designated time of year when individuals and organizations are encouraged to take stock of computing security and their online...
  • Blog Post: Facebook to Use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology to Combat Child Exploitation

    Editor’s note: The following is a guest post authored by Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In late 2009, I wrote on this blog about PhotoDNA , an important technological step forward in preventing the spread of child sexual exploitation...
  • Blog Post: Advancing Security and Transparency in Online Advertising

    Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel I wanted to take a moment to highlight an important advance in protecting consumers online. The Self-Regulatory Principles For Online Behavioral Advertising announced today require online advertisers and Web sites to provide clear notice to consumers...
  • Blog Post: PointSmart.ClickSafe: Laudable Principles for Online Safety

    Posted by Adrienne Hall General Manager, Trustworthy Computing Like most parents, I want to help my children enjoy a safer and more enriching online experience. This is a complex problem that lots of people are trying to solve and, to that end, we’ve seen a series of high-profile commissions...
  • Blog Post: Calling All Teens: Take Microsoft’s Safer Online Teen Challenge

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft In a bid to uncover what teens know or have been learning about staying safer online, Microsoft recently launched its first-ever Safer Online Teen Challenge . We’re eager to see how teens interpret the wealth...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Girl Scouts Join Forces to Improve Online Safety

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues This morning we announced a new collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the USA aimed at improving online safety. As families search for the best ways to protect their kids online, a big challenge is finding resources tailored to people...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft PhotoDNA Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight Child Pornography

    Posted by Bill Harmon Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit The scale of the online child pornography problem and the amount of data associated with these types of investigations is massive. This is why we are proud to announce that we are partnering with NetClean to make our Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: U.S. and EU Commit to a Safer Web for Kids

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft The United States and the European Union recently signed a Joint Declaration committing to make the Internet a safer place for children. Signed in London last month, the accord pledges the two governments will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases New Index Gauging Online Behaviors

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Group is today announcing a new tool to help gauge how consumers are meeting the challenges of today’s digital world. Microsoft’s Computing Safety Index...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on National Cyber Security Month: Everyone Must Do Their Part

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S. and around the world. This year's official launch is taking place in Ypsilanti, Michigan to coincide with the Michigan Cyber Summit 2011 ...
  • Blog Post: Connecting the Generations Safely

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President of AARP Thought Leadership. The post is focused on a new nationwide survey that examines the growth of social networking and online communication among people of all ages. Working together, AARP and Microsoft are exploring...
  • Blog Post: Another Notable Tool for Combating Click-Fraud

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel In case you missed today’s announcement on the Microsoft AdCenter blog , I wanted to share the news that Microsoft has become one of the first companies in the online advertising industry to achieve click measurement standards accreditation from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Honored at White House for Online Safety Video

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director of Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft On Monday, Microsoft received an award from the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the company’s work in helping to keep individuals and families safer when they go online...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: Technology Breakthroughs to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

    Posted by Samantha Doerr Public Affairs Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit There are few online crimes more heartbreaking than technology-facilitated crimes against children, which is why Microsoft is working with experts to advance innovation to combat them, including a research effort on child...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Offers Tips to U.S. Teens & Parents on Good Digital Citizenship

    Posted by Kim Sanchez Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft A new Microsoft study shows that before posting personal information online, more than half of U.S. teens and parents don’t truly consider the potential consequences of their actions. Teens recognize the importance...
  • Blog Post: Cyberbullying Summit Set for Today at Microsoft

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. Mr. McKenna is also the Republican gubernatorial candidate. As any parent knows, a large portion of our kids’ social lives has moved online. Like their over-the-phone chats, most of teens’ electronic...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Online Gaming and Entertainment Safe for Our Kids

    Updated March 5, 11:40 a.m. PT Posted by Robbie Bach President, Entertainment and Devices Division As the post below mentioned, Microsoft hosted a reception in Washington, D.C. on March 4 to discuss our commitment to equip parents with easy-to-use tools to help ensure their children's digital entertainment...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight High-Tech Crimes

    Posted by Bill Harmon Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has provided $2.3 million in technology to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to further the center’s efforts to equip law enforcement with the skills and resources...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Join Together to Help Make the Internet Safer for All

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Stephen Balkam, chief executive officer of the Family Online Safety Institute. “A Safer Internet for All,” the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) sixth annual conference, brought together 450+ policy makers, industry leaders, educators...