Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
On Monday, Microsoft released the 2013 Citizenship Report, which describes our citizenship work in support of our company’s mission during the last fiscal year and shares our vision for what’s to come.
Together with our annual financial report, which was also released Monday, it provides a full accounting of our fiscal and citizenship priorities and performance.
Posted by Paul GarnettDirector, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft
Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in overcoming barriers for social and economic development around the world, for a diverse range of applications in education, healthcare, business, delivery of government services and others.
However, a wide gap remains between those who have access to technology and those who don’t. While 77 percent of the developed world is online, that number drops to 31 percent in the developing world. This disparity is partly due to prohibitively high broadband costs. At Microsoft, we are committed to bridging the digital divide through innovative technology solutions to provide universal broadband access to improve local communities.
This week, I’m in Abuja attending the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s Annual Forum, where I’m pleased to announce our membership in the newly formed Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). A4AI is a global coalition of key leaders from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors from developed and developing countries committed to improving broadband access in less developed countries by driving down costs.
Posted by Paul Nicholas & Cristin GoodwinSenior Director, Global Security & Diplomacy, Microsoft and Senior Attorney, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
On Friday, Microsoft released a new white paper entitled Developing a National Strategy for Cybersecurity: Foundations for Security, Growth, and Innovation. This publication is based on lessons learned from customers and governments around the world, and is intended to aid governmental efforts to develop national cybersecurity strategies that set a clear direction to establish and improve cybersecurity for government, academia, enterprises, consumers and the ICT companies who serve those communities.
On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. convened leading economists and academics for an engaging discussion on the economic imperative for immigration reform.
Panelists participated in a wide ranging conversation focused on the economic consequences of delaying action on immigration reform, as well as the potential to boost job growth and strengthen American competitiveness.
Posted by Ranveer ChandraSenior Researcher, Microsoft Research
On Sunday, Microsoft Research published a new paper in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong proposing a new system for improving indoor use of wireless technologies in cities.
Radio frequency spectrum, the airwaves over which wireless devices communicate, is in increasing demand throughout the world. Access to spectrum is currently regulated by strict licensing systems that limit the users and the applications of any given set of frequencies. The unfortunate result is that a significant amount of spectrum goes unused at any given time or place.
Based on measurements taken from more than 30 diverse locations in a typical city, our study found that more than 50 to 70 percent of spectrum in the TV band alone goes unused. These vacant frequencies are called TV white spaces, or just white spaces.