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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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The Urgent Need to Create Inclusive Access for Women to Join the Technology Industry

The tech industry remains a bright spot in a global economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital transformation projects accelerated in response to the global crisis—and tech businesses large and small grew ...

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TODAY: VFI's David Pryor is hosting a panel on #AI Innovation and Ethics alongside industry leaders from across the globe. There's still time to register for the 1:00 p.m. EST event: https://bit.ly/2Y9lr9x #WICxUNGA #WomeninCloud #Shesoars

WEBINAR: Our own David Pryor will join @microsoftalumni's executive director Ali Spain on Thursday, November 4. Register today: https://secure.everyaction.com/m4khQXdBpUu9RTV5tLC2Jw2

The White House National Security Council will be hosting an online session with officials from 30 countries to discuss the growing threat of #ransomware and other cybercrime worldwide. Learn more: https://reut.rs/3Artuw5

The @FCC recently announced it has committed $1.2 billion to over 3,000 schools in an effort to close the #DigitalDivide for students. https://bit.ly/2Ypncjt

A group of House Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include funding for school #cybersecurity programs in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation act. https://bit.ly/3BjbAgd

Join fellow Microsoft partners to innovate and reframe challenges as technology opportunities that can make the world better for more of us. Register for the #BuildFor2030 Hackathon today! https://bit.ly/3moktyA

This week is National Digital Inclusion Week. Hear from Acting @FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on how the agency is working to advance digital equity: https://bit.ly/2YoQdfc

Rodney Clark, Corporate Vice President, Channel Sales and Channel Chief at @Microsoft, celebrates the 76th session of the UN General Assembly by recognizing #BuildFor2030 and the partners that are empowering resilient communities in this blog: https://bit.ly/2Yi4sT9

Register for the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum's October 7 briefing to learn more about the Digital Equity Act, which would provide $2.75 billion in funding to states for their digital equity programs: https://bit.ly/3D9H48R

#ICYMI: Microsoft announced the Trusted Cloud Principles to help safeguard the interests of organizations and the basic rights of individuals using #cloud services. Read more: https://bit.ly/2ZMFSdc

New data suggests that more than a thousand US communities built their own #broadband networks as a result of the pandemic. Read more: https://bit.ly/3Eo5qgP

Learn how Ohio is working to bring high-speed #broadband to underserved areas of the state: https://bit.ly/2Xxx9Lb

In this webinar, learn how Career Connector can help your company source talent with concierge recruitment services, skills-based hiring practices, and affordable placement rates. Register now: https://msft.it/6010XRsVI

#ICYMI: President Biden nominated privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission. Read more about Bedoya's background: https://politi.co/3987PxN

REMINDER: @TheWITNetwork is offering scholarships for women in tech who want to become a Microsoft Certified Professional in Azure Cloud and #AI. Apply for September's training cohorts today! https://bit.ly/3k5qy26

In response to @POTUS' executive order on competition, the @FCC will study how deals between landlords and internet service providers impact apartment residents. https://bit.ly/3Egt6U4

A bill introduced in both the House and Senate would give the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency authority to require companies to report a security breach within 72 hours. Read more: https://bit.ly/2VESUYL

If you’ve ever rented an apt, good chance you had only choice of for an internet provider.

@FCC will now study whether certain landlord agreements push out competition and harm consumers

Just one of many actions being taken out of @POTUS’s Competition EO
https://www.axios.com/fcc-study-landlords-broadband-deals-c0d8f9ca-6d93-44fe-90b5-70e3f144e1cb.html

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