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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: Amanda Lee Shares Advice from Capitol Hill

Amanda Lee, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft partner Pax8, joined Voices for Innovation’s Advisory Task Force in January. Amanda plays a critical role in helping to drive Pax8’s rapid growth ...

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This past week, a Senate Commerce Committee hearing featured @Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel @JulieSBrill http://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/04/a-federal-privacy-law-is-starting-to-crystallize-senators-remain-divided-over-details.html

Read more about last week's announcement about water restoration and reclamation: https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/09/21/microsoft-will-replenish-more-water-than-it-consumes-by-2030/

Did you miss the first week of #UN75?

Catch up on conversations about climate action, global peace, the impact of COVID-19 and more. Speakers include Microsoft's @BradSmi, Trevor Noah and @IanBremmer. ⬇️ #gzeroWithMicrosoft

ICYMI, this week's webinar featuring @Microsoft Defending Democracy program leaders is available now to watch on our website http://www.voicesforinnovation.org/webinar/get-inside-the-2020-elections/

Tune in now to hear @BradSmi during #UNGA on "Crisis Response & Recovery: Reimagining while Rebuilding": https://un-affairs.event.microsoft.com/Home/Index

Did you catch our Q&A with @AmandaLeePR of @pax8? Hear how Amanda's experience on Capitol Hill influences her technology policy advocacy, and more! https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/vfi-leader-spotlight-amanda-lee-shares-advice-capitol-hill/

Microsoft has been a proud longtime partner of the United Nations. Today, we’re announcing a renewed commitment to collective action and to the belief that technology has a critical role to play in addressing global challenges.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/09/17/microsoft-un-affairs-team-unga/

Climate change isn't a problem for future generations – it's a problem right now, and we're witnessing its impacts all over the world. As a global company, we have a responsibility to make it our biggest priority – thanks to our own @lucasjoppa for always leading the way. https://twitter.com/gmbutts/status/1306231359128641537

Can data help us learn enough to drive decarbonization? 🌎

Tune in on 9/16 at 9:30 AM PT to discuss climate and #sustainability with @gmbutts and our Chief Environmental Officer @lucasjoppa #gzeroWithMicrosoft #UN75 https://msft.it/6007TtUvf

Our first fall webinar is next Wednesday, 9/23. RSVP to hear from leaders of @Microsoft's Defending Democracy program: https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/upcomingwebinar/get-inside-the-2020-elections/

An exciting new @Office feature recently debuted, enabling audio transcription in Microsoft 365 - making it easier for students, reporters and professionals to document lecture notes, interviews and more. https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/25/21400623/microsoft-transcribe-in-word-transcription-audio-microsoft-365

Should #AI have legal #IP rights? A computer scientist is suing the @uspto after two patent applications listing an AI as the inventor were denied. Read the full story @VICE: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5dz44b/this-guy-is-suing-the-patent-office-for-deciding-ai-cant-invent-things

In a recent talk, @Microsoft’s president @BradSmi discussed cybersecurity threats that may impact the 2020 presidential election. See more from @axios https://www.axios.com/klobuchar-microsoft-smith-russia-voter-interference-elections-2020-5c88c108-f782-4dd5-b4f7-419852d4ad9e.html

Government awards of more than $1 billion will fund 12 new artificial intelligence and quantum information science institutes. Learn more in @ENERGY’s latest release: https://www.energy.gov/articles/white-house-office-technology-policy-national-science-foundation-and-department-energy

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