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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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The latest nation state attack is not espionage as usual, even in the digital age. Instead, it’s an act of recklessness that has created a serious and eye-opening vulnerability for the US and the world. Governments and industry must do more. https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/12/17/cyberattacks-cybersecurity-solarwinds-fireeye/

To protect gamers' privacy and moderate their online gaming platforms, @Microsoft, @Sony and @NintendoAmerica have introduced a new set of safety guidelines: http://bit.ly/3nrPjG6

SpaceX is helping to connect rural Americans to broadband with Starlink. https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/08/tech/spacex-starlink-subsidies-fcc-scn/index.html

We linked @ITIFdc's most recent podcast about #ComputerScienceEducation and #STEM in last week's Executive Briefing. Catch up here: https://itif.org/publications/2020/12/07/podcast-case-improving-us-computer-science-education-pat-yongpradit

FCC Commissioner @GeoffreyStarks recently highlighted how essential broadband access is for #telehealth http://www.axios.com/telehealth-demand-access-broadband-internet-e7b05094-a78b-4099-a81f-5a5fb104e854.html

This year, @Microsoft added Rick Wagner to their team. In a new blog post, he highlights U.S. government agencies that have demonstrated resilience and leadership for 2020's most urgent issues: https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/11/18/federal-agencies-advancing-government-and-our-nation/

Today and certainly in the future, there is a mismatch between available jobs and the talent to fill them. We're committed to partnerships with nonprofits like @Trust4Americas to empower people with the #DigitalSkills they need to succeed. https://opportunity.linkedin.com

ICYMI: Two VFI leaders @RyanRisley and @vincemenzione in conversation for episode 77 (congrats, Vince!) of the Ultimate Guide to Partnering podcast.

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/AjitPai/status/1321121841331740672

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

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