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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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VFI Members Highlighted in #TechForGood Video

Voices for Innovation (VFI) and some of our great members had the honor of being highlighted at the 2022 Microsoft Inspire conference in a #TechForGood video. The video provides just a few ...

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To close the #DigitalDivide, governments must ensure that residents have the proper tools to take advantage of access to high-speed internet. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3mX9bFr

The #RESTRICTAct could implement a nationwide #TikTok ban, but that's not the only tech product that could face bans. Take a look at the other apps that could be in danger: https://bit.ly/42iryVR

The @FCC announced over $66 million that will be awarded to community groups to raise awareness for the agency's Affordable Connectivity Program. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3Ftw5ei

U.S. banking regulators stepped in to take control of Silicon Valley Bank following the largest bank failure since 2008. Learn more about how the government is assisting depositors: https://bit.ly/3JRwzxv

The Biden Administration aims to allocate $25 million in funding for research pursuant to the #CHIPS and #ScienceAct in the fiscal year 2024 budget. Explore additional tech investments outlined in the Presidential budget: http://bit.ly/3ZNnZ8g

.@goldstein_jeff & #NJ Congressman @RepJoshG reunited--they've worked on initiatives w/@vfiorg & @IAMCPNJ--at the #ReNewJersey Chamber of Commerce Business Summit in #AtlanticCity! Who do you think will we meet next? 🧐

#MSPartner #IAMCP @QueueAssociates @NJGov @njdotcom

To protect #nationalsecurity, lawmakers have introduced the RESTRICT Act to help address threats from technology companies such as TikTok. Learn more: https://cbsn.ws/3YCenvQ

.@CISA Director Jen Easterly (@CISAJen) states that technology and software companies need to be more proactive in promoting safety and security to better protect consumers from #cyberthreats. Read more: https://bit.ly/3ZWEO0q

A top House official says a significant data breach potentially exposed personal identifiable information of hundreds of lawmakers and staff. Learn more about the incident: https://nbcnews.to/4226YZq

Lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would prevent federal agencies from using facial recognition and other similar technologies. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3yrBEpK

Today the @FCC announced $66 million in outreach grants to fund projects to expand participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program to drive awareness and enrollment by building upon community partnerships. https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-66m-affordable-broadband-outreach-grants-0

The Biden administration's Affordable Connectivity Program aims to expand access to #broadband internet. Learn more about how American households can check their eligibility: https://cbsn.ws/3mDuITC

Ann Dunkin, CIO of @ENERGY, is creating partnerships around the globe to pursue shared goals from the new National Cyber Strategy. Read the full interview: http://bit.ly/3kTANek

📶👩‍💻@NTIAgov is seeking input on how to structure nearly $2.7B in grant programs to ensure everyone in America has the digital skills and devices they need to realize the full potential of high-speed Internet access.

The @FCC has received 1.1 million location challenges to the first draft of their improved #broadband map according to a letter by Chairwoman @JRosenworcelFCC. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3J9qWuc

The fight for #DataPrivacy has gone to the state level as #TechAdvocates continue to fight for tougher regulations and a national standard following the death of last year's federal #DataPrivacy bill. Learn more from @politico: https://politi.co/3ZuL0Nn

The Biden administration has unveiled a new national #cyber strategy that calls for imposing federally mandated security rules on critical infrastructure. Read more: https://wapo.st/3KPv4QY

.@SecRaimondo has called on the U.S. to expand its #semiconductor workforce to reach its goals as they continue to enact the #CHIPS and Science Act. Read more: http://bit.ly/3kGrHkN

During her recent visit to South Carolina, @VP Kamala Harris discussed #broadband access and more than $175 million in investments to improve high-speed internet infrastructure at HBCUs. Read more: http://bit.ly/3Zgo5F5

Guidelines were released by @CISAgov detailing how they would work with the @FBI to assist in investigating #cybersecurity incidents and help federal agencies meet the new mandates. Read more: http://bit.ly/3EMoF5y

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