Executive Briefings

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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Sensible Public Policies Needed for Facial Recognition

Recently, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for “governments in 2019 to start adopting laws to regulate” facial recognition. He discussed this issue as well at an event at the Brookings Institution in ...

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#TBT to our VFI blog on the rural broadband divide. We're more energized than ever to make real strides on this issue for all Americans in 2019: https://t.co/hPQth9371D

#ICYMI: VFI has made it easy to ask Congress to close the digital divide for millions of Americans with #TVWhiteSpace. Visit our Action Center for more: https://t.co/bRo4yt2dRC

The Voices for Innovation community is cheering on this exciting new #CSed initiative in schools across Colorado! Read more: https://t.co/PrsgvJyEJL

Before the new year we made an exciting announcement.

@Microsoft committed $10M to ensure that by 2020 teachers in every school have access to @codeorg & every state will have passed policies to expand access to computer science.

Read the full story: https://t.co/UPCFuF7ZHS

With the new Congress sworn in, there has never been a better time to make your voice heard! Send a letter to Congress in support of #TVWhiteSpace today: https://t.co/bRo4yt2dRC

2018 was a great year for tech innovation and progress. To learn more about the top tech issues to keep an eye on in 2019, read Microsoft President @BradSmi's latest blog: https://t.co/D98N6JRXRa

Joining the Voices for Innovation community can equip you with the tools, knowledge, and awareness you need to advocate for the #tech issues that matter to you. Sign up today: https://t.co/PrwV6btNjn

Looking for the latest news on #dataprivacy and more? Our weekly tech policy briefing will get you up to speed: https://t.co/41WPekwR6f

Learn what steps Utah state officials are taking to close the computer science education gap: https://t.co/5jRBcaU4jK #CSEd

The rural divide in internet access limits education opportunities for students + impairs business growth. Visit our Action Center and write a letter to Congress demanding action on rural #broadband today: https://t.co/bRo4yt2dRC

Great article. Even further evidence to learn some coding...problem-solving and tech skills are relevant to any profession #CSed https://t.co/OgvNDAh3lf

Gear up for #TVWhiteSpace progress in 2019 by reflecting on the current state of the digital divide: https://t.co/hPQth9kIqd

Joining the Voices for Innovation community will help you become a 21st-century leader and a tech policy advocate. Join today! https://t.co/PrwV6btNjn

Affordable broadband access means social and economic improvements for rural communities. Take action by writing a letter to Congress in support of #TVWhiteSpace today: https://t.co/bRo4yt2dRC

Wind down your week by catching up on all of the top #tech policy headlines with our first Executive Briefing of 2019! https://t.co/41WPekwR6f

Start the #NewYear off right by taking a stand for rural broadband access and #TVWhiteSpace. Write a letter to Congress today: https://t.co/bRo4yt2dRC

One last advocacy opportunity before the year ends! Take some time today to advocate for #TVWhiteSpace and help close the digital divide. https://t.co/bRo4yt2dRC

We need to bring the benefits of high-speed internet connectivity to our entire nation. Read more about how #TVWhiteSpace can bridge the digital divide to reach millions of Americans: https://t.co/hPQth9kIqd

Fairness, transparency, accountability, non-discrimination, consent, and lawful surveillance. Read more about Microsoft's guiding six principles for its facial recognition work: https://t.co/uXFnbPGwfN

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Update: April 2018 On March 23, 2018, after a multi-year advocacy effort, the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (the “CLOUD Act”) was signed into law as part of omnibus legislation. Passage of the CLOUD Act represents a milestone for digital privacy. (...)

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