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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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The Urgent Need to Create Inclusive Access for Women to Join the Technology Industry

The tech industry remains a bright spot in a global economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital transformation projects accelerated in response to the global crisis—and tech businesses large and small grew ...

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President Biden signed an executive order which gives the FCC multiple directives, including to restore #NetNeutrality and revive the “#Broadband Nutrition Label”. Read more: https://bit.ly/3Bu1UA7

#ICYMI: The Senate confirmed Jen Easterly as director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (@CISAgov). https://bit.ly/3y3JPX6

Ransomware has emerged in 2021 as a major national security issue. Read how #cybersecurity professionals are navigating the attacks: https://nbcnews.to/3wCg1j3

Check out the new #cyberattack defense center that New York City opened to share intelligence and respond to digital threats: https://on.wsj.com/3i85Ptq

#Phishing attacks attempt to steal sensitive information through emails, websites and other forms of electronic communications 🎣

You need to know how to stay safe online 🔒⬇️

Read more: https://msft.it/6011nnf1H

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) released his own strategy for regulating Big Tech companies. Learn more about the document: https://bit.ly/3xF6DML

The full Appropriations Committee will discuss a bill that would increase the budget for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to $2.42 billion. Read more: https://bit.ly/2UJGn5k

VFI's issue priorities include protecting #DataPrivacy and TV white spaces #broadband. Learn more about each of these issues: https://bit.ly/3yyIFCS

A cybersecurity firm found that more #cyberattacks are using a legitimate tool called Cobalt Stike that professionals use to test system security. Read more about Cobalt Stike: https://bit.ly/3hkVT0s

.@pewtrusts released new data that shows an increase in states' efforts to expand high-speed #broadband to all residents. Read about the findings: https://bit.ly/3jYiOR3

The Ohio state legislature axed a proposal to limit local governments from offering #broadband services to residents. Learn more about the municipal broadband legislation: https://bit.ly/3yyOTms

How will the Biden administration address growing #cybersecurity concerns around #ransomware attacks? https://bit.ly/3xpc9Df

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency created a web page for cataloging bad #cybersecurity practices and plans to update it based on feedback from cybersecurity professionals. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3hNj7v2

What is systemically important critical infrastructure (SICI)? Learn about the #cybersecurity proposal some lawmakers want Congress to introduce: https://bit.ly/3y4khZx

"Some of the longest-standing challenges are around disconnectedness of data, disconnectedness of care teams, and frankly disconnectedness of patients to their own care."

See how @Microsoft is incorporating #healthcare into its work: https://zd.net/3dnQRhb

#ICYMI: @POTUS and a group of bipartisan senators reached a compromise for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. https://bit.ly/3x3JhA7

Microsoft is joining the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) to to further space #cybersecurity intelligence. Read more from Tom Keane, corporate vice president for Azure Global: https://bit.ly/3A93WVg

California's Departments of Public Health and Technology launched a website that lets users who verify their identities get digital copies of their COVID-19 vaccination record. Read about the state's equivalent of a vaccine passport: https://nbcnews.to/3x1CdE5

A new part of the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program was developed to find ways to reduce the cost of rural #broadband. Learn more about the effort: https://bit.ly/3jpsVxM

"Our industry and customers together will be best served by a balanced, unified policy approach that protects #DataPrivacy without overburdening businesses or undermining innovation."

VFI leader Jeffrey Goldstein shares the value of investing in privacy: https://bit.ly/3xraIVm

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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 (...)

TV White Spaces Broadband

Technology Brings Internet to Underserved Communities Though the United States is a global technology leader, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2019 broadband report indicates that more than 21 million Americans lack access to high-speed internet, including nearly 17 million people in rural communities. (...)

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