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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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#DYK you can watch past VFI webinars on our website? Catch up on tech policy issues such as #CSEd, data privacy, and more: https://t.co/cEf7UEIGp4

Developing a high-speed rail, more affordable housing & greater privacy protections for citizens are a few of Microsoft’s top WA state legislative priorities for the year. Read the complete list here: https://t.co/EZ11W4XPOD #WALeg https://t.co/EZ11W4XPOD

Today the @WhiteHouse released the American #Broadband Initiative Milestone Report – A roadmap to increase rural broadband access and promote private-sector investment in broadband infrastructure https://t.co/7KRFr7xgcR

Wrap up your week with our Executive Briefing! Wind down by catching up on all of the top #tech policy, #cybersecurity, and TV White Spaces headlines 📰 https://t.co/JjIZKk4wfI

Interesting piece on #AI regulation from @ITIFdc. Read more on how policymakers can encourage innovation: https://t.co/rurVX3rZoH

Don't miss out on VFI's first webinar of the new year! Get an expert perspective on "What's Ahead for Tech Policy" in 2019 by registering for our February 14th webinar here: https://t.co/Z21m6qiXbB

This week we're highlighting the work of VFI leader and ATF member @CarolLynnGrow. Through her Big Pitch event, she is encouraging young women to share their ideas on how technology can be used to make a difference in their community. #WIT Learn more: https://t.co/mpdsfR1qcw

Join the growing Voices for Innovation community today to advocate for the #tech policy issues that matter to you. https://t.co/KYAOrSIFYY

Investing in #CSEd and investing in our next generation enables tomorrow's next big tech breakthrough!

We just launched a free toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities! The toolkit helps rural customers identify resources USDA has available to support the construction of broadband infrastructure - https://t.co/1qRFHuDkZ6

We're proud to support ATF member @CarolLynnGrow in this initiative to support women in tech for #InternationalWomensDay. Learn more below 👇

Too busy to read the news this week? We've got you covered! Catch up on the most important #tech news with our Executive Briefing: https://t.co/JjIZKk4wfI

Join our growing community today and be the first to know about opportunities to advocate for tech issues like #dataprivacy and #ruralbroadband. Visit https://t.co/KYAOrSIFYY for more.

Great news! USDA is investing in Rural Broadband to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Reliable & affordable high-speed internet connectivity can help close the digital divide between rural and urban communities. https://t.co/fU4XvB2tNU

"Self-driving cars are still prone to making mistakes, in part because the AI training can only account for so many situations. @Microsoft and @MIT might just fill in those gaps in knowledge." Read more about this new AI model: https://t.co/QvMUNCmACe

Congratulations to @vfiorg ATF member, @ladygwenavear, for her 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP award!

With the first month of 2019 over, have you seen @Microsoft's Top 10 Tech Issues of 2019 in action this year? https://t.co/tVLzQiptW7

This morning I signed HB 366 into law. The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act grants electric cooperatives the authority to establish affiliates to serve broadband in the state. Many rural Mississippians will benefit from this law.

Our lives are more digital than ever, but over 25 million Americans still lack affordable, high-speed internet! Make a difference by sending a letter to Congress in support of #TVWhiteSpace today: https://t.co/fLuva8Cis3

If you want the scoop on the latest in the world of #tech policy, data privacy, facial recognition, or rural broadband, look no further than VFI's weekly Executive Briefing: https://t.co/JjIZKk4wfI

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Data Privacy

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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The United States leads the world in technology innovation, but this leadership is jeopardized by insufficient support for computer science education in our nation’s K-12 schools. We cannot maintain an innovation-driven economy and prepare students for future success in the digital economy if (...)


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