Posted by Richard BoscovichSenior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
In March, we announced that Microsoft had, with the help of industry partners and law enforcement, taken down the notorious spamming botnet, Rustock.
Since that time, I’m happy to report that the botnet has stayed dead.
Posted by Linda ZecherCorporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
This week I was honored to represent Microsoft as we entered a new partnership with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through this partnership we will endeavor to address the growing social and economic issue of unequal education opportunities and low literacy rates for women and girls across the world.
Education and empowering women are two issues I am personally passionate about – a passion also shared by many of my colleagues at Microsoft and across the technology industry.
On Thursday, I joined with other leaders, such as U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Mali Prime Minister Cissé Mariam Kaidama Sidibé in helping UNESCO launch the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education for improving literacy and the quality of education for girls and women.
Posted by Sig BehrensGeneral Manager, U.S. Education, Microsoft
I witnessed something personally yesterday that was truly inspiring. It reminded me of how exciting a time it is for education reform here in the United States.
We are facing massive education budgets cuts in most states and critical programs like pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are usually among the first to be cut. This affects at-risk kids the most and only perpetuates the cycle of these children not being adequately prepared for learning. And this cycle, should it continue, will continue to drive our graduation rates down which will only make matters worse for our nation in the years to come and we will continue to slide economically.
That's why I want to commend the U.S. Department of Education on the announcement of the new Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, which I was privileged to attend in person with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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 online.
Microsoft donated PhotoDNA, a technology created by Microsoft Research in cooperation with Dartmouth College professor Hany Farid, to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, so that we could use the groundbreaking image-matching technology with online services companies to stop the online distribution of the worst known images of child rape (aka child pornography).
Today, I’m proud to say that Facebook – a company that has revolutionized life online and, among other accomplishments, is one of the leading photo-sharing services in the world – will implement PhotoDNA on its network to further its commitment to keeping children from being victimized.
Posted by Pamela PassmanCorporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (D-WA), is to be commended for introducing the Hiring Heroes Act (S. 951) this week. It is important legislation designed to help American veterans translate their skills into language U.S. employers can understand. Sen. Murray’s bill is leading the way by providing significant support to our veterans as they return to civilian life and easing the transition from the military to family wage jobs in the civilian economy.