The Center will work to ensure that Microsoft meets its commitment to respect human
rights and works to advance public understanding of the human rights impact of information
and communications technology.
Internally, the Center will focus on promoting the integration of human rights into
the company’s culture, business operations and strategies. This will take the form
- Advancing integration and understanding of Microsoft’s Global Human Rights Statement;
- Driving internal alignment and coordination on human rights issues; and
- Embedding the “respect” concept into consideration of the relationship between human
rights and key business topics, such as specific products, services and technologies;
market entry, exit and engagement; and business strategy, models and operations.
Externally, the Center will work to advance public understanding of human rights
implications of ICT and explore the role business can play in driving respect for
human rights through presence in – rather than absence from – markets that present
human rights risk. This will take the form of:
- Advancing the public’s understanding of the human rights impacts both positive and
negative of information and communications technology;
- Increasing understanding that business can most effectively respect human rights
through presence in, rather than absence from, countries that present human rights
- Fostering dialogue on issues related to human rights and technology.
To fully advance its missions and strategies, the Center will sponsor a variety
of programs including:
- Stakeholder Engagement and Communications – The Center will coordinate Microsoft’s
ongoing outreach and engagement with a range of stakeholders to help ensure open
and honest dialogue and discussion. an ongoing exchange of information sharing.
- Public Policy Engagement – Coordinate strategic engagement in public policy debates
relating to the future of law enforcement, technology and surveillance in ways that
encourage policy solutions that protect human rights.
- Research – In collaboration with Microsoft’s Academic Relations program, the Center is supporting research on the topic of “Internet freedom.”
- Events – The Center will develop and sponsor an annual
program of various events to advance public understanding of the human rights impact
of information and communications technology.