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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 ...Read More
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“I told Rep. Brown that I notice that candidates for tech support jobs coming out of community college are better prepared if they were exposed to computer science in high school.” – Frank Valdivieso, VFI member after meeting his member of Congress
“Customers want their rights protected by their own country’s laws. Americans want that, citizens everywhere want that. So the fundamental challenge that we’ve been dealing with is concerns by other people that their rights are not being protected by laws when you have these extraterritorial warrants.” – Brad Smith, president, Microsoft
“I have new confidence about my expertise and ability to effect change. I’m now planning to brief others in my professional network about…how we need to speak up about technology policies. It’s amazing to be able to make a difference.” – David Gersten, VFI member
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. (...)
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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