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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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States are rapidly expanding rural #broadband access and getting citizens enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program to close the #DigitalDivide. Read more: https://bit.ly/3ChQX71

Senator @RonWyden warns that a U.S. courts agency is stonewalling congressional efforts to get information about significant breach of the federal court systems. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3UO2CSc

50 days remain until the deadline for @Microsoft's #BuildFor2030 Hackathon. Don't miss out on innovating solutions to make a difference: https://bit.ly/3UpZkEJ #TechForGood

The White House is launching a four-year grant program totaling $1B that will strengthen the #cyber resilience of state and local communities. https://bit.ly/3dxchvN

Take action in support of #cybersecurity #skilling by urging Congress to adopt the National Community College Cybersecurity Challenge Act: https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/urge-your-u-s-representative-to-support-cybersecurity-skilling/

A new report shows that #cybercriminals are using #ransomware-as-a-service to evade popular mitigation techniques. Read more: https://bit.ly/3DOkEO6

Check out the highlights from @IAMCPNJ's September meeting, where our Director, David Pryor, joined to discuss top #tech priorities: ⬇️

.@MIT researchers say that the @FCC's #broadband labels should include interpretive information that helps consumers understand practical implications of their internet performance. Read more: https://bit.ly/3UsJQzJ

A recent report uncovered that 25% of healthcare organizations dealing with #ransomware attacks said they had higher mortality rates. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3BVyGev

.@CISAgov is measuring the success of the government's efforts to protect critical infrastructure from #cyberattacks over the next three years. Read more: https://bit.ly/3R2sfvC

The nation faces an acute shortage of cybersecurity professionals at a time when cyberthreats are growing. Community colleges can play an important role in filling this gap by helping people gain the skills they need to fill these crucial jobs.
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The @Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Hackathon starts today! Learn more about the collaboration to create solutions that make a difference: https://bit.ly/3UpZkEJ

With our new Power Up skilling initiative, we’re helping people build low-code skills and advance their careers with Power Platform. https://twitter.com/clamanna/status/1572268711159173120

#Broadband connectivity is a necessity for all Americans. Learn how New Mexico is expanding coverage across the state, especially in rural and tribal communities: https://bit.ly/3qE86RC

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Make sure your voter registration is up to date and encourage others to take part on election day: https://www.usa.gov/voting

The @FCC has finished collecting data from ISPs and hopes to release a first-draft map for #broadband development in November. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3dbiAoH

.@SenAmyKlobuchar has pulled a Senate vote on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. Read more about the future of this legislation: https://bit.ly/3QRO1lK

The @CISAgov issued a request for public comment on proposed regulations that are expected to shake up how the private sector and public agencies respond to major #cyberattacks. https://bit.ly/3xmOYvc

The National Cyber Director @ncdinglis and his team are developing a plan to address the shortage of #cybersecurity professionals. Read more: https://bit.ly/3xqp7CF

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