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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 Leader Spotlight: RJ Naugle Helps Connect Veterans with Microsoft and Tech

Earlier this year, Voices for Innovation welcomed aboard RJ Naugle as one of our new Advisory Task Force leaders. While RJ is new to VFI leadership, he is an experienced advocate who ...

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Weekend read: The Education Open Data Challenge opens December 10. How will you help close the digital divide in K-12 education?

Cyberattacks on healthcare institutions responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are unconscionable. We need world leaders to come together & condemn this behavior by affirming and enforcing international laws to protect frontline workers & critical research.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/11/13/health-care-cyberattacks-covid-19-paris-peace-forum/

Here is a message from @BradSmi and @microsoft about #2020Election

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/11/07/us-election-biden-trump-technology-covid-19/

VFI will continue to advocate for broadband access, data privacy, and other #technology issues into the next decade

Female-owned tech companies are awarded only 1% of $457 billion in the enterprise cloud market. If it was 50%, the world’s GDP could increase up to $5 trillion.

@GlobalWIC is committed to generating $1 billion in economic access for women-owned businesses. Get involved now.

More than 12M Americans are unemployed. @LinkedIn is building on our joint skills initiative to help – with new products and resources to help those impacted by COVID-19 get back to work: https://blog.linkedin.com/2020/october/29/how-linkedin-is-helping-millions-of-people-get-back-to-work

The digital divide holds back too many of the students, seniors, farmers, small businesses, and tribes in North Dakota.

Allowing greater use of TV white spaces creates opportunities to bridge that divide.

Thanks to @AjitPaiFCC and the @FCC for taking this step. https://twitter.com/AjitPaiFCC/status/1321121841331740672

Have you read our VFI Leader Spotlight featuring @erabino? https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/vfi-leader-spotlight-eric-rabinowitz-nurturing-relationships/

Thank you @AjitPaiFCC, @mikeofcc, @JRosenworcel, @BrendanCarrFCC, @GeoffreyStarks and the @FCC staff for your work to advance #TVWhiteSpace tech and #5G broadband to connect every American.

The Voices for Innovation community thanks @FCC and chair @AjitPaiFCC for their approval of the final report and order to enable use of the #TVWS spectrum to help millions of Americans access broadband and close the #DigitalDivide!

Chairman @AjitPaiFCC's plan to increase broadband connectivity through the use of TV White Spaces enjoys widespread support, including from consumer groups, rural advocates, think tanks, educators, and industry groups.

#FCCLive #TVWS

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ICYMI: Our #sustainability webinar featuring @Microsoft's Michelle Patron is now available for viewing any time: https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/webinar/help-tech-drive-sustainability/

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly clear that all Americans need access to broadband, so we can close the #DigitalDivide

By 2025, there will be an additional 149m technology-oriented jobs globally. @Microsoft and @LinkedIn are committed to supporting job seekers with access to free, online #digitalskills training. Learn more about our global skills initiative in @bloomberg:
https://sponsored.bloomberg.com/news/sponsors/features/hp/building-a-more-inclusive-future-of-work/?adv=12845&prx_t=hDEGAn-xHAYikPA

To make a difference, you have to be intentional and #lead with purpose. Jennifer did this with the Cloud Power Program offered at her company, @DirectionsTrain.

Jennifer, thank you for being a purpose-driven leader and an #AgentofChange! @TheWiTNetwork https://www.linkedin.com/posts/gavriella-schuster_microsoft-azure-agentofchange-activity-6724745499615875072-blpI

Privacy matters, now more than ever. VFI members will continue to advocate for the U.S. to lead on #DataPrivacy

Closing the digital divide must be a priority. We've partnered with @LandOLakesInc @TractorSupply @4H to provide free public Wi-Fi across the U.S. Search the map: https://www.americanconnection.io/

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