Microsoft is taking definitive steps in order to make the Internet a better place for everyone. In order to do this, the company is calling on teenagers between the age of 13-17 from US to fill out an application.
Microsoft intends to engage teenagers in a pilot program named Council for Digital Goods which aims to gain their perspective about online interactions to mitigate online risks. In Microsoft's own words:
Today’s youth are tech-savvy, digitally engaged and resourceful, and we at Microsoft are interested in what they’re doing online, who they’re connecting with, and what they’re sharing and learning. In turn, we’re cognizant that being online presents very real risks, and we want to make sure young people appreciate – and have the skills to help mitigate – those risks. That’s why we’re piloting this council: to gain diverse perspectives from youth in the U.S. on the state of online interactions today, as well as their hopes and ideals for what would make online life healthier, safer and more enjoyable.
In addition to general information, the application seeks video responses or essays about their online experiences, expectations for their council experience, and about Microsoft generally. The company will then invite the selected candidates to join the inaugural council, which will culminate in a two-day trip for each council member and a parent or guardian to attend a council summit at the company headquarters.
If you're a US citizen between the age of 13-17, and interested in joining Microsoft's initiative, fill out the application form here.