Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
A new study released by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and sponsored by Microsoft, shows that U.S. schools are ill-equipped to teach children the fundamentals of 21st Century “Digital Citizenship.” The 2011 version of the State of Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. found that more than one-third (36 percent) of teachers received no relevant professional development training in the last year from their school districts. Meanwhile, 86 percent received fewer than six hours of training in online safety, computer security and cyber ethics. Not surprisingly, teachers do not feel adequately prepared to instruct on these topics. Less than one-quarter of respondents (24 percent) said they feel "very well-prepared" to teach about protecting personal information online.
Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
Consumer trust is vital to the growth of a vibrant Internet, and respect for privacy is a critical component to earning and maintaining that trust.
At Microsoft, our goal is to be transparent about our privacy practices, offer meaningful privacy choices and protect the security of our customers’ data.
Microsoft is pleased that the Administration will endorse the creation of federal privacy legislation in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee today. We support the Administration in this effort.
Posted by Sig BehrensGeneral Manager, U.S. EducationOn March 18th, Microsoft will come together with top superintendents from America’s largest urban K-12 school districts and industry representatives to tackle some of the biggest issues facing education today. The ‘Unite to Make a Difference’ Education Forum, hosted by USA TODAY and the Council of Great City Schools, and presented by Microsoft Partners in Learning, will take place in McLean, Va., and offer a day-long exchange of ideas aimed at improving education in the United States.Many people see Microsoft simply as a technology company, but we also invest a tremendous amount in education. Education is core to our mission as a company to help individuals reach their potential and the most important work we do. We believe it is important to be part of the ongoing discussion around advancements in education and the successes and challenges that schools face today, to create a sustainable economy and future for the U.S.
Posted by Rob SinclairChief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
Microsoft announced three new advances in accessibility today in San Diego at the 26th International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored by California State University Northridge (CSUN).
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Microsoft Accessibility Tools & Training. This online package contains free accessibility training courses for developers and an accessibility resource guide providing information about many types of disabilities and age-related difficulties and guidance regarding which accessible technology solutions can help to mitigate their effects.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Blog
After testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee today, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Erich Andersen discussed the need for steps being taken by Congress, Microsoft and others to protect consumer privacy while promoting continued technological innovation.