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Voices for Innovation’s Executive Briefings provide weekly updates on technology policy and news, including highlights from Capitol Hill, breaking tech news, clips of relevant articles from traditional and new media, and a roundup of thought leader quotes and tweets.

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Meeting Pandemic Challenges with Digital Transformation

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is hard to grasp. The loss of life has been staggering—a tragedy unmatched by anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Beyond the loss of life, the ...

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Learn more about the @FCC's new speed test app designed to help measure internet speeds across the country: https://bit.ly/2RKVIBn

Affordable broadband has the potential to transform the lives of the students and families living in East Cleveland. This project is a great example of the public-private partnership we are forging with our Airband Initiative. https://twitter.com/GovMikeDeWine/status/1379831148055048197

Learn how communities and organizations are working to close the #DigitalDivide for the 77 million Americans who don't have an adequate home internet connection: https://bit.ly/3dRzzbI

Due to its rapid expansion, SpaceX is only half a dozen launches away from global Starlink coverage: https://cnet.co/3d5vAta

NSA director, Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the nation's #cybersecurity and how the agency is working to fix its blind spots: https://n.pr/39ZSakJ

Progress on these applications will do more than provide a spectrum license. It will provide Tribes with the ability to offer their communities something that is long overdue—full access to the opportunities of the digital age. https://go.usa.gov/xHgs7

"As Twitter made clear, the right to cut off speech lies most powerfully in the hands of private digital platforms."

Justice Clarence Thomas argues that tech companies should be regulated as utilities: https://bit.ly/2PNZlpe

What is SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet really like? John Kim from @CNET talks about his experience as a beta tester: https://cnet.co/3wkntjP

Hear from two VFI members and Microsoft partners on how they helped customers meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with digital transformation: https://bit.ly/3d4nZe2

.@washingtonpost explains how President Biden's infrastructure package could address electric grid cybersecurity: https://wapo.st/2PmtHPL

As more places start to consider whether people should have to show digital proof of a #COVID19 vaccination or negative test results, New York became the first state to roll out a vaccine verification app: https://cnn.it/3cJvve9

.@POTUS' infrastructure plan includes $100 billion for #broadband expansion and calls for 100 percent coverage by the end of the decade. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2PVEUGw

Sen. @MarkWarner discusses the SAFE TECH Act and why he believes there's a need for Section 230 reform: https://bit.ly/3coG2ve

Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler told Congress what he believes should be done to expand #broadband access to all Americans: https://bit.ly/3rqowuX

"Americans' rush to move all aspects of their lives online during the pandemic — classes, meetings, legal proceedings, shopping and more — left many vulnerable to exposure, exploitation and fraud."

Learn more from @axios: https://bit.ly/31mNJvI

State and local governments are struggling with an increase of #cyberattacks, and the Department of Homeland Security is eager to empower states to be their first own best line of defense: https://wapo.st/2QHPq4R

Since last June, @Microsoft and @LinkedIn has helped over 30 million people worldwide gain access to digital skills. This year, we’re expanding our vision, and committing to a new promise to help 250,000 companies make a skills-based hire in 2021. https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2021/03/30/building-a-more-inclusive-skills-based-economy-the-next-steps-for-our-global-skills-initiative/

.@JRosenworcelFCC says that a mix of technologies, including #5G, will be needed to achieve universal #broadband in the US. https://on.wsj.com/3cnzFse

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