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VFI Members Highlighted in #TechForGood Video

Voices for Innovation (VFI) and some of our great members had the honor of being highlighted at the 2022 Microsoft Inspire conference in a #TechForGood video. The video provides just a few ...

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The Chips Act was recently signed into law by @POTUS. Learn how the $52 billion in subsidies will benefit the production of computer chips and research facilities: https://wapo.st/3JW4ByO

#ICYMI: @NTIAgov announced that all states & territories have submitted applications for initial planning funds as part of the $42.45B Broadband Equity, Access, & Deployment Program, part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s #InternetforAll initiative. https://bit.ly/3QpeFmp

As we celebrate #NationalBlackBusinessMonth, we are highlighting four partners who, as Microsoft Black Partner Growth Initiative participants, came together to create new business opportunities.

Check out the full story: https://msft.it/6014jXTA8

Microsoft is committed to supporting nonprofits across the globe as they play a crucial role in supporting emergency relief efforts. https://msft.it/6010jkjIp

#WorldHumanitarianDay #TechForGood

The @CISAgov developed a toolkit to help state and local election officials make their #cybersecurity infrastructure more resilient against #cyberattacks. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3c1ATMb

.@NTIAgov Chief @DavidsonNTIA says that demand for Tribal Connectivity Program funding demonstrates a critical need for improved connectivity on Tribal lands. Learn more about how the agency is ramping up support: https://bit.ly/3pmKqR7

.@GovDunleavy recently signed legislation creating a statewide #broadband office along with a fund to cover the expenses of connecting the state's vast, rural landscape. Learn more about the new law: https://bit.ly/3ChKVU6

The CHIPS and Science Act is set to be signed into law and will increase federal funding for R&D across several programs, along with reorganizing the @NSF to strengthen its focus on technology. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3QvfeKZ

Want to learn more about where the American Data Privacy and Protection Act is going? Tune into this podcast from @techpolicypress for more: https://spoti.fi/3BTjBf4 🎧

The White House has made it clear that #broadband availability entails more than access. It includes affordability, competition, access to information, and training. Read more: https://bit.ly/3vTBbf4

The U.S. has never had a comprehensive national law governing online #DataPrivacy, and now it looks as though the American Data Privacy and Protection Act is halted. Read more: https://bit.ly/3SAo8J9

Two bills advancing in Congress, the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act and the Kids Online Safety Act, aim to crack down on social media companies. Learn more from @Politico: https://politi.co/3SBh3YO

Congratulations to VFI member Janani Shivakumar on winning a Congressional Award for exceptional social advocacy, leadership & school involvement from Congressman @FrankPallone! We are proud to have you as an advocate.

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$401 million in funding from the Biden administration will serve socially vulnerable communities and provide high-speed internet access to 31,000 residents and businesses. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3SyPpM6

Leaders at the @CISAgov have confirmed that #ransomware hackers are targeting large organizations and smaller entities as well. Read more: https://bit.ly/3QfySuj

Telling your #techforgood story will #inspire others to identify needs and help to fill gaps in their communities. @vfiorg #tellyourstory https://twitter.com/vfiorg/status/1555209695429890048

It's not too late to submit your own #TechForGood Story. Share your story to showcase how VFI members are making a difference in their communities through #technology: https://bit.ly/3d6R77f

At this Friday’s Open Meeting, we’ll vote to establish a one-year pilot program, “Your Home, Your Internet,” by leveraging housing assistance programs to narrow the #DigitalDivide through the Affordable Connectivity Program. Details ➡️ https://go.usa.gov/xSnDR. #BroadbandForAll

Governments can advance #DigitalEquity and close the #DigitalDivide by establishing high-speed #broadband access and wireless connectivity everywhere. Learn more from @bbcmag: https://bit.ly/3oSi5SA

Legislators on the House Judiciary Committee are looking to fill a gap in a federal #DataPrivacy bill that allows government agencies to conduct surveillance without obtaining warrants or subpoenas. Read more: https://bit.ly/3d1FFte

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Affordable, Accessible High-Speed Internet for Every American In May 2021, BroadbandNow confirmed that 42 million Americans lack access to broadband. Microsoft’s own research finds that more than 120 million people in the U.S.—representing more than one-third of our nation’s population—do not use the (...)

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