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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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The @USTreasury has agreed to a #cybersecurity partnership with Israel to protect critical infrastructure and counter the threat of #ransomware. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3HxXuLj

Do you feel your consumer choice and privacy is protected? 🎧 Listen to the TechTank podcast discussing how the @FTC is attempting to promote competition and protect consumer privacy: https://brook.gs/3kPUQXF

Only 26 states have a centralized #broadband office to facilitate updates and improvements. @NPR details first hand accounts of the struggles with internet access in underserved communities like the Navajo Nation: https://n.pr/3oEujxD

A survey found that most employees working within #cybersecurity infrastructure want greater action at the federal level to protect U.S. data and systems. Read more: https://bit.ly/3HDnIMr

.@POTUS has signed the infrastructure bill into law, officially allocating nearly $2 billion for #cybersecurity. Learn more about the spend: https://bit.ly/3cHqz9b

The infrastructure bill approaching @POTUS' desk includes investments designed to protect the country from #cyberattacks. Read more: https://bit.ly/3Dnazot

.@Microsoft joined the #COP26 discussion by announcing new carbon accounting tools with the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. Explore the plan for a net zero future: https://bit.ly/30r6fWw

A new bill would require online platforms to let users opt-out of having personal data-driven algorithms select the content they see. Read more about the Filter Bubble Transparency Act: https://bit.ly/2YLD6oq

Establishing better broadband infrastructure would give more Americans access to high-speed internet, helping close the #DigitalDivide existing between urban and rural areas. Read how the infrastructure bill aims to tackle this: https://bit.ly/3ov0Cip

Investors and consumers show growing enthusiasm for privacy-focused services. Learn more about the companies paving the way for a secure web-life: https://bit.ly/3FaSwlU

The Biden administration's #infrastructure plan includes $65 billion for #broadband access to improve internet services for rural areas, low-income families, and tribal communities. Read how the money will be divvied up: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-the-infrastructure-bills-65-billion-in-broadband-spending-will-be-doled-out-11636410820

Three good options for expanding coverage to underserved areas:
1️. Fiber
2. 5G
3. Low Earth Orbit Satellites
Read more about how each plays a role in closing the #DigitalDivide: https://bit.ly/3H8Du1M

Oakland expects to close 90% of its #DigitalDivide within five years, a monumental step in bridging the gap for unconnected homes. Find out how the city plans to tighten the gap: https://bit.ly/3okOHDX

This community is taking on cybercrime with new learnings from security experts.

Discover and join the conversation: https://msft.it/6003kXgFD

The typical data center uses the same amount of water as a city of 30,000-50,000 people. Mushroom tubes and algae bricks are two of the many creative ways @Microsoft is using to reduce water usage by 95% by 2024. Read more: https://www.freethink.com/environment/data-centers

Happy #VeteransDay from VFI! We thank the service members who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country.

See how @MSFT_Military is helping members of the military community gain the skills needed for a career in tech: https://military.microsoft.com/programs/microsoft-software-systems-academy/

How will technology impact business and society? Listen to the in-depth discussion on the future of work from the Life, Meet Tech podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7j5QsK1lxYukbzmdpljjH6?si=4Um0uEqlQkSOpWoiA0xvyQ

Lack of digital literacy leaves many people vulnerable to privacy risks and misinformation. Learn more about the invisible barriers to tackling the #DigitalDivide: https://bit.ly/3o7LvLH

#ICYMI: @EdSuperHighway is proposing to set up free WiFi in low-income apartment buildings, another small step to erasing the #DigitalDivide: https://bit.ly/3CXgNuX

Due to shared internal Facebook documents, lawmakers are renewing calls to regulate tech companies.

🎧 Listen to @SenAmyKlobuchar as she speaks about the issue on The Journal podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4dLJJlwF2HVp3sgGsIJInW?si=4QUeOtZ1RGaJqm48F7RRfg&nd=1

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