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Microsoft Encourages Companies to Use Tech to Help the Most Vulnerable People in Society



Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, has pressed technology companies and world leaders to use technology to help the most vulnerable people in society.

With all the advancement and diffusion of digital technology, the chief executive stressed the importance of privacy as an essential human right. People are increasingly concerned about how tech companies use their data, meaning it is essential to protect the public and improve their trust. The CEO spoke about how they’ve taken the subject of GDPR and made it available all over the world, looking at it as, not only an European legislation, but something that sets a standard for how people need to think about privacy worldwide.

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey also took to the stage at the Future Decoded event, speaking about how progress in assistive technology is increasingly helping more disabled people into employment. 

The Secretary said that since 2013 we’ve seen 600,000 more disabled people into work, meaning we now have about 3.5 million disabled people working in the UK. However, she addressed there is still an employment gap between disabled people and non-disabled people that needs to be narrowed, which is possible through the use of technological advancements.

Among all the announcements at the event, Microsoft and NHS Scotland also signed an agreement to merge more than 100 computer systems to hopefully cut waiting times and improve patient care.

With technology as a way to aid people being such a major focus in an event by one of the biggest technology companies in the world, it’s a no brainer that it is the future for the independent living sector.

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