Posted by Shinder DhillonSenior Global Diversity & Inclusion Director, Microsoft
On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that affirms the equality of all people, without exceptions, due to their abilities, and seeks to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. The CRPD was adopted in 2006 and has been ratified by 137 countries. The U.S. has not yet taken that step toward ratification.
Microsoft is proud to support the ratification of the CRPD, and we are pleased to be a signatory on the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) letter encouraging ratification of the treaty. USBLN has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and is a strong advocate through its work promoting inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S.
The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders: Training the Builders of the Future,” included a panel of industry and policy experts examining the critical business need for workers trained in STEM fields to ensure continued U.S. innovation and economic growth.
Posted by Carrie FranceySenior Director of Sales, Marketing & Programs, Microsoft Learning Experience
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Washington State Library to bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to more than 385 libraries statewide. The industry-leading technology training will be available to Washingtonians to help prepare them for success in a global workplace that grows more tech-dependent each day.
Technology is everywhere, and one out of two jobs today requires some degree of technology skills. In less than 10 years, this number will increase to three out of every four jobs requiring IT skills. Meanwhile, among 18- to 34-year-olds who are employed, less than half say they have the education and training necessary to get ahead in their job or career, according to Pew Research Center.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft
We’re all very aware of people’s desires to be “safe” and “secure,” and to exist and engage in environments – both online and off – that are built on trust. To define these points as absolute states of being, however, is impractical and unrealistic. Rather, when it comes to life online, we should focus first on the almost-innumerable advantages of the Internet; realize the online world is not without risk, and then seek to minimize and manage identified risks accordingly.
Perhaps somewhat of an exercise in semantics, but the need for this distinction became abundantly clear at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali, Indonesia, which took place from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25. I was observing a panel discussion entitled “Protection of the Most Vulnerable Children Online,” organized and moderated by Yuliya Morenets, Executive Director of the NGO Together Against Cybercrime and an associate professor at Strasbourg University.
On Thursday, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide Education Anthony Salcito announced Microsoft’s 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools.
“These exclusive, year-long programs were created to recognize educators and schools who are on the leading edge of education innovation, paving the way for their peers in the use of technology to improve learning and student outcomes,” Salcito wrote in a post over on the Microsoft in Education Blog. “Expert Educators were selected from over 22,000 educators in 158 countries, while Mentor Schools came from nearly 250 schools in 75 countries.”