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Voices for Innovation’s Executive Briefings provide weekly updates on technology policy & 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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Progress on Rural Broadband

Over the last 17 months, Microsoft has forged partnerships with local internet providers to bring broadband connectivity to 1 million Americans in rural communities who currently lack high-speed access. On December 4, ...

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“We believe that the only way to protect against this race to the bottom is to build a floor of responsibility." Read more of @BradSmi's comments about facial recognition tech at @BrookingsInst: https://t.co/Prbu3hxSuj

"While access to broadband has been slowly expanding into more rural areas of Montana, the fact that so many Montanans — and especially Native Montanans — don’t have access is a serious problem." Read more: https://t.co/GuLgi23UoV

This is why bridging the digital divide is essential: everyone deserves to be connected to the modern, digital age.

Over the last 17 months, Microsoft has forged partnerships with local internet providers to bring broadband connectivity to 1 million Americans in rural communities who currently lack high-speed access. Read more: https://t.co/hPQth9kIqd

#ICYMI: New research from @Microsoft shows that the digital divide is worse than previously thought. Read more about the 162.8 million people who live without access to high-speed broadband: https://t.co/Y26IwfS9Dd

All the #techpolicy, #TVWhiteSpace, and #cybersecurity news you need in one, easy-to-skim spot. Check out our latest Executive Briefing: https://t.co/41WPekwR6f

Access to broadband is becoming as vital as the traditional natural resources. This smart initiative is leveraging unused TV White Spaces to deliver Internet to remote rural spaces. https://t.co/MRjYUkv7o5 #MSFTAdvocate

#TBT to this thoughtful blog, penned by Microsoft President @bradsmi, on bridging the digital divide. Read more: https://t.co/X6Vn24eULD

The first step to successfully developing #CSEd is equipping teachers with what they need to teach!

LISTEN: our coalition is crossing the country, working with local and national leaders to bring broadband access to 19.4 million rural Americans and bridge the #DigitalDivide
https://t.co/clj5hgijih

We've seen how AI can be applied for good, but we must also guard against its unintended consequences. Now is the time to examine how we build AI responsibly and avoid a race to the bottom. This requires both the private and public sectors to take action. https://t.co/5iAESLIYRG

#ICYMI: U.S. banks and other financial firms are projecting higher spending on cybersecurity as they face bigger threats and more attacks. https://t.co/NVyXlzM12c

"A new study by Microsoft researchers casts a light on the actual use of high-speed internet across the country, and the picture it presents is very different from the FCC numbers." Read more about the realities of the #broadband gap: https://t.co/Y26IwfS9Dd

Thank you to all members of the VFI community who participated in #HourOfCode 2018 events! Did you know you can sign up to host coding events year round? Here's how: https://t.co/S9m0NJ9ihu

"The broadband gap is a solvable issue." Microsoft President, @BradSmi, pens this thoughtful blog on the digital divide, #TVWhiteSpace, and our path forward. Read more: https://t.co/X6Vn24eULD

This week's Executive Briefing has all the information and headlines to get you up to speed on #TVWhiteSpace, data privacy, and tech policy news: https://t.co/41WPekwR6f

Exciting breaking news that Microsoft is announcing the adoption of facial recognition principles. #Microsoft

It's time to act to regulate #FacialRecognition. To ensure it's used as a force for good, we’ve laid out our suggestions on how we can get started and the principles @Microsoft will adopt. Thanks @BrookingsInst for the opportunity to discuss these ideas. https://t.co/izrPd8LRUl

#ICYMI, Microsoft's #Airband initiative is now aiming to bring broadband access to 3 million Americans by 2022. Watch @BradSmi's announcement here: https://t.co/Cid0KcZ352

By July 2022, Microsoft aims to bring broadband internet to 3 million Americans in rural areas. Read @BradSmi's latest blog on how #TVWhiteSpace makes this goal possible: https://t.co/X6Vn24eULD

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