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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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.@Microsoft is unveiling a collection of highly customizable devices aimed at making it easier for people with disabilities to use computers. Read more about the latest innovations: https://bit.ly/3LiQB1k

The Biden Administration is beginning to rollout $45 billion to ensure that all U.S. residents have access to high-speed internet by 2028. Read more: https://bit.ly/3wot3Ta

ICYMI: The @WhiteHouse released a fact sheet outlining everything you need to know about the Affordable Connectivity Program. Check it out: https://bit.ly/3FSQjNf

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#AI and #robotics will soon be used to revolutionize the way we farm, but how long will it take to implement these innovations? Read more: https://bit.ly/38pmxUp

Hackers are taking advantage of cryptocurrency investors, and @SECGov is ramping up enforcement to combat these #cyberattacks. Read more: https://bit.ly/3sq8CEh

Listen to this recent episode of the @WSJ Tech News Briefing Podcast to learn about the cyber implications and vulnerabilities of "Smart Office Buildings": https://spoti.fi/3kV17kE

A new bipartisan Senate bill would require regulators to vet internet service providers seeking government money, ensuring that they meet their funding obligations. Read more: https://bit.ly/3KT93gx

.@POTUS recently signed the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act into law, directing the Justice Department to take action to improve data collection on #cybercrimes. Check it out: https://bit.ly/3yqyZhd

The Biden Administration is partnering with internet providers to offer plans of no more than $30 to low-income Americans. Read more: https://n.pr/3ynw0pJ

Yesterday, @GovNedLamont signed the Connecticut Data Privacy Act, making Connecticut the fifth state to enact a consumer privacy law. Read more: https://bit.ly/3N5tJU1

Do you know how many Americans don't use the internet at broadband speeds?

A: 12.4 million
B: 120.4 million
C: 200.4 million

Find out the answer, and how @Microsoft is helping to address the Digital Divide, below ⬇️

#Broadband #DigitalDivide

The Commerce Department is distributing $77 million in new grants to 73 tribal nations through the @NTIAgov's Tribal Connectivity Program. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3KYVBb1

Princeton and other universities are joining @Microsoft to urge Congress to pass a unified competitiveness bill to support our country’s academic and industrial bases: https://bit.ly/3767oGC

The @FCC will vote on a plan to minimize #robocalls and require gateway providers to participate in mitigation efforts. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3vVLrT3

.@DavidsonNTIA, head of @NTIAgov, is urging the importance of state activity in deploying #broadband funds. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3F9q5pv

Commerce Secretary @SecRaimondo shared the department's support for proposed legislation that would block tech companies from giving preferential treatment to their own products and services. Read more: https://bit.ly/3LDrOWF

According to @Microsoft, at least six different Kremlin-linked hacking groups conducted nearly 240 #cyber operations against targets in Ukraine since Russia's initial invasion. Learn more: https://cnn.it/38DcEC5

Social media has amplified our consumption of short-form content, but how is this affecting kids? Tune into the @WSJ's Tech News Briefing podcast for more: https://spoti.fi/3vcMcYH

.@ENERGY is investing $12 million in critical #cybersecurity innovations to protect the energy sector. Learn more from @thehill: https://bit.ly/3ONoxGn

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Close the Broadband Gap

Affordable, Accessible High-Speed Internet for Every American In May 2021, BroadbandNow confirmed that 42 million Americans lack access to broadband. Microsoft’s own research finds that more than 120 million people in the U.S.—representing more than one-third of our nation’s population—do not use the (...)

Protecting Data Privacy

Rights and Responsibilities When It Comes to Data Privacy Privacy is recognized as a fundamental human right by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and many other treaties. Data-driven innovations and services should (...)

Antitrust and Technology

The Need for Balanced Policy Action that Fosters Competition and Innovation Antitrust law—also known as competition law—exists to benefit consumers by fostering healthy marketplace competition. Competition drives innovation, helps control prices, and provides choice in the marketplace. Congress passed the nation’s first antitrust (...)

Strengthening Cyber Defenses

The Need for a Joint Effort Between Government and the Private Sector In recent years, an increasing number of sophisticated cyberattacks—including ransomware and nation-state attacks—have targeted businesses, government agencies, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and others. The complex challenge of strengthening cybersecurity and deterring attacks (...)

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