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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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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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#ICYMI: @Microsoft signed onto the Christchurch Call to Action and published 9 steps it will follow to curb extremist content online. Read more from @MSFTIssues: https://t.co/FVQRSKRS0W

This week in tech headlines: @Microsoft signed the Christchurch Call, San Francisco banned #FacialRecognition technology, and more. Catch up on the rest of this week's top stories here: https://t.co/JjIZKk4wfI

This is a big deal. #broadband access in underserved communities (rural and urban) improves health & education, inceases job skills and crop yields, the list goes on. https://t.co/F5hZayJ8fW

#ICYMI: 16 tech companies have helped the Cybersecurity #TechAccord cross over 100 signatures! We're proud to see VFI members represented, including @NetComLearning, @USLicensing, @usmedicalit, and more. https://t.co/t4JUopxqfe

Ahead of the Christchurch Call to Action meeting, I spoke with Brad Smith of @Microsoft about how governments & social media platforms each have a responsibility to do more to eliminate terrorism and violent extremism online. More on our call: https://t.co/ccBJ5GNkoX

Microsoft is proud to sign the Christchurch Call and commit to nine concrete steps to fight violent extremist content online. https://t.co/chba2JsmZL

. @Microsoft, along with other key tech companies, has signed the Christchurch Call. Learn about the 9 steps tech giants are following to curb extremist content online at @MSFTIssues https://t.co/FVQRSKRS0W

#TVWhiteSpace is key to closing the digital divide. Read what Microsoft is doing to help connect Americans across the country: https://t.co/7AaR97eIU0

Last week, the House passed the Access Broadband Act. If it passes the Senate, the bill will spur the administration to boost broadband access in underserved areas. #RuralBroadband https://t.co/S8P1qdsO8C

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Last week, @satyanadella announced ElectionGuard, a free open-source software development kit designed to make voting "secure, more accessible, and more efficient." Learn more at https://t.co/rIjiAgiMNU #ElectionSecurity

Proud to see #MSPartners and VFI members like @Wipfli_LLP, @LawToolBox, @AvePoint_Inc, and more help push The Cybersecurity #TechAccord to over 100 signatories! You can read the full announcement here: https://t.co/t4JUopxqfe

Updates from Capitol Hill on key #RuralBroadband legislation, #Cybersecurity executive orders, and more tech policy updates in this week's Executive Briefing. Read the full newsletter at https://t.co/JjIZKk4wfI

My new book, #Office365 User Guide, has been released! If you are new to Office 365 or had it for a while but want to get to know all of your tools and get better at using it to be more productive, this guide is for you! Get it now! https://t.co/4w0R1Cfauq

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#ICYMI: the @USDA is making at least $600 million available for a new project helping to fund rural broadband development across the country. Read more on @Nextgov: https://t.co/IslbAmw0gl

#DYK Artificial Intelligence can help detect if a banana is bruised? It's exciting to see the creative ways retailers are using #AI technologies in their stores. Read more via @AP: https://t.co/mP2ZAKlHwQ

We need sensible public policy centered around emergent #FacialRecognition technology. Read more on our blog: https://t.co/VLNO14LVtf

Are you a #MSPartner interested in becoming a tech policy advocate? Get engaged by joining the Voices for Innovation community today. https://t.co/KYAOrSIFYY

"Privacy is a fundamental human right...Privacy is also the foundation for trust, and we know that people will only use technology when they trust it." For more insights on the need for #DataPrivacy legislation, read this @MSFTIssues blog by @JulieSBrill https://t.co/I3Zk3n4zWb

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