Foreign Election Interference Identified in New Report

Dear Executive Briefing Subscribers— Earlier this week, the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center (MTAC) released a new report on the current scope of foreign election interference in the U.S.—and the use of AI for malign influence. The full report can be found here and a summary discussion here. Microsoft and many other tech companies are taking steps to detect […]

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Congress Advances New Data Privacy Proposal

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released a discussion draft of the bipartisan, bicameral American Privacy Rights Act. This is a significant step forward in advancing federal data privacy legislation. The proposal establishes clear data privacy rights and protections, and preempts the existing patchwork of state

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Microsoft Software Engineer Discovers Security Vulnerability

Late last week, news broke that San Francisco-based Microsoft software engineer Andres Freund discovered a serious security vulnerability maliciously inserted into the Linux operating system. As a contributor to Linux, Microsoft supports Linux and other open source technologies on Azure. The backdoor could have led to a major cyberattack. Freund is being hailed as a hero, and

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A Step Backward in Closing the Digital Divide

The end of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is nearly here. Created by the 2021 infrastructure bill, the ACP enabled 23 million low-income American households to get online by providing access to discounted broadband services and devices. The program runs out of funding next month or in early May. Congress recently passed budget bills for

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Growing Policymaker Attention to AI and Election Security

Last month, we highlighted the announcement of the Tech Accord to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections—an initiative from the technology industry, including Microsoft. Policymakers—as well as law enforcement officials—are also taking steps to understand and address this challenge. This week, the Associated Press published a deep-dive look at this issue around the world. AI has already

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Closing the Disability Divide with Tech

This summer will mark the 34th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark civil rights legislation that provides protections for people with disabilities. Technology is playing a significant role in empowering people with disabilities and continuing to close the disability divide. Advances in AI are now contributing to this progress. This week’s annual Microsoft Ability

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AI Tech Accord Focuses on Election Integrity

Last week, 20 leading AI and platform companies announced their participation in a new Tech Accord to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections. The companies, which include Anthropic, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, and others, pledged to help prevent deceptive AI content from interfering with this year’s elections worldwide. “As society embraces the benefits of AI,

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A Focus on AI Innovation and Safety

AI is being widely used—by both responsible parties and bad actors—even as public policies and best practices for the technology are being developed. This week we want to call attention to three blogs on key AI issues: Combating abusive AI-generated content—Deepfakes generated by AI can be used to undermine elections, commit financial fraud, and cyberbully.

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