Security for critical institutions
There is nothing more fundamental in a democracy than voting. As long as democracy has existed, there have been forces that challenge or seek to interfere with that process.
Critical institution security
Those who participate in the political process, whether by running for office or writing policy briefs, are consistently targets of nation-state cyberattacks. They are fighting an outsized battle, and Microsoft is committed to providing services and technology to help them protect themselves.
Democratic elections around the world remain a top target for cyberattacks, particularly those perpetrated by nation-state actors. We work closely with our customers to provide them with guidance and tools to protect themselves and the integrity of the electoral process from these threats.
Fighting foreign influence: Ukraine and beyond
Our intelligence report, Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War, details Russian cyber aggression against Ukraine and its allies, including cyber enabled influence operations designed to support its war aims. The freedom of expression is an important tenet to counter foreign cyber influence operations.
Freedom of expression
We will respect freedom of expression and uphold our customers’ ability to create, publish, and search for information via our platforms, products, and services.
We will prioritize surfacing content to counter foreign cyber influence operations by utilizing internal and trusted third-party data on our products.
We will not willfully profit from foreign cyber influence content or actors.
We will proactively work to prevent our platforms and products from being used to amplify foreign cyber influence sites and content.
Microsoft suspends new sales in Russia
We have suspended all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia—a concrete step in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions and in lockstep with the US, UK, and European Union.
The hybrid war in Ukraine
Learn about the destructive Russian cyberattacks targeting civilians and critical institutions they rely on in Ukraine.
Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War
The latest findings in our ongoing threat intelligence efforts in the war between Russia and Ukraine, and a series of conclusions from its first four months reinforces the need for ongoing and new investments in technology, data, and partnerships to support governments, companies, NGOs, and universities.
Extending our vital technology support for Ukraine
Microsoft has extended tech support free of charge for Ukraine through 2023 to ensure government, critical infrastructure, and other sectors in Ukraine can continue to serve citizens through the Microsoft Cloud.
Microsoft 365 for Campaigns
This offering brings the advanced security capabilities of our Microsoft 365 Premium Business offering to political campaigns and party committees at the price point typically offered to non-profit customers. It comes with easy-to-install security wizards and detailed instructions for additional customization.
Election Security Advisors
This offering provides affordable access to world-class cyber incident responders. Highly targeted, critical organizations can receive either reactive cyber incident response services or proactive security assessments of their environments. Election Security Advisors (ESA) is made possible via a partnership with the Microsoft Detection & Response Team.
Preserving and protecting journalism
Partnering with Davis Wright Tremaine, Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, and the Knight Foundation, we're piloting the Protecting Journalists Pro Bono Program. It provides free legal support to journalists and small news organizations across three workstreams: pre-publication review, access to public records, and defending journalists against subpoenas.
Supporting local newsrooms
Working directly in five communities across the country, Microsoft, in partnership with community foundations and other organizations, is providing new tools, technology, and capacity to explore hybrid business models for sustainable journalism to journalists and newsrooms.
Highlighting the positive impact of partners and participants in the Democracy Forward Initiative.
A partnership to increase trust in voting
Hart InterCivic is the first private vendor to partner with Microsoft on using its open-source ElectionGuard system. ElectionGuard will make voting secure, more accessible, and more efficient anywhere it's used in the United States or in democratic nations around the world.
Mapping decades of missing and murdered on Yakima Reservation
The Yakima Herald created a data visualization that portrays The Vanished, an ongoing investigative series on missing and murdered Indigenous Women. This interactive map links to some of the unsolved cases in the Yakama Nation in hopes that more attention can help law enforcement and families.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
RCFP and Microsoft work together on issues impacting the legal safety of journalists. Providing support and resources that are vital to the functioning of a strong, free press and checking against abuses of power.
Microsoft and NewsGuard partner on news literacy efforts, offering all users of Microsoft Edge Browser free access to NewsGuard's ratings and nutrition labels and providing data to Microsoft Bing search engine.
Defending Digital Campaigns
Microsoft and Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC) are partnering to secure political parties and campaigns from cyberattacks by making world-class security products and services available at a lower cost.
Yubico and the Microsoft AccountGuard team are increasing the security of online identity and logins by providing phishing-resistant hardware security keys and security trainings to AccountGuard customers.
Report for America
An initiative of the GroundTruth project, RFA places emerging journalists into five local rural newsrooms to report on under-covered issues. We're working to provide capacity, technology, training, and extra support.
Microsoft and Democracy Works partner on almost every aspect of civic engagement. From helping voters register, to providing rich elections data for Bing, to building corporate coalitions, Democracy Works is the premier nonprofit supporting corporate civic engagement.
News and stories
Community journalism matters
The Western Iowa Journalism Foundation's mission is to support community journalism that ensures long-term access to accurate local news and investigative reporting throughout western Iowa.
Building Americans' trust in voting
The Council of State Governments recently announced the formation of a new Election Technology Initiative, of which Microsoft’s ElectionGuard will be its first project. This is an exciting inflection point for ElectionGuard, an effort that Microsoft has been developing and investing in for over five years.
Democracy depends on information literacy
Microsoft is committed to strengthening news and media literacy because of the central role it plays in a healthy information ecosystem. We firmly believe that information literacy is essential and critical to preserving and strengthening democracy.