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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 Department of Defense is developing new security standards for #5G that will dictate what requirements private companies must meet in order to collaborate with the agency on installing the tech. https://bit.ly/2SxKCjL

Only half of households on tribal lands have internet service. See how the Biden administration is working to expand #broadband access and adoption for tribal communities: https://bit.ly/3cH2Ohw

Learn more about Microsoft’s vote tracking software, ElectionGuard, and the company's new partnership with one of the three major voting machine vendors in the US: https://bit.ly/3zsA4Ts

The FCC has asked for a 3.7% increase in funding for FY22 to work toward universal affordable broadband and a more inclusive communications landscape. https://bit.ly/3ioUG9q

President Biden's proposed FY22 budget includes $58.4 billion for modernizing the information-technology systems of federal agencies and strengthening #cybersecurity. Read more: https://on.wsj.com/3vZJ0xC

Microsoft has been at the forefront of identifying, mitigating, and defending against #cyberattacks. For the latest on #cyberdefense, see this blog post from @TomBurt45, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Customer Security & Trust: https://bit.ly/2TPA1Ry

The Emergency Broadband Benefit gives low-income Americans and people who lost their jobs during the pandemic up to $50 off their monthly internet bill, but the communities that could benefit the most are often the hardest to reach. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2SC3ei2

Microsoft has asked the @FCC to reverse its decision to allow broadcaster signals from distributed transmission systems to go "significantly" beyond a station's current authorized service area: https://bit.ly/3fVBVr2

President Biden's new infrastructure proposal reduced funding for #broadband and other major projects in an effort to attract bipartisan support. Learn more about the changes: https://bit.ly/3vzgH95

The digital divide disproportionately impacts people of color. That’s why @Microsoft's Airband initiative is expanding to eight U.S. cities that face some of the largest broadband gaps in the country among Black and African American communities.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2021/06/02/racial-digital-inequity-airband-broadband-access/

Sen. @RonWyden sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the department to fund #broadband projects in communities without access to 100Mbps upload and download speeds: https://bit.ly/3c1N0pl

The Department of Homeland Security will issue a security directive requiring pipeline companies to report cyber incidents to federal authorities in response to the Colonial Pipeline #cyberattack: https://wapo.st/3uvcpyi

Here's an update on the Nobelium attacks we announced Thursday. https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2021/05/30/nobelium-cybersecurity-cyberattacks-phishing/

Without a federal data privacy law, states are creating their own bills to protect consumers. Learn more about the legislative push at the state level: https://nyti.ms/3fjuPgX

President Biden's infrastructure plan includes $100 billion to improve broadband access, which would expand high-speed internet to the communities who need it most. Learn more about how the lack of access is impacting rural communities: https://nyti.ms/3oNMxw6

The latest cyberattacks, including the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, have emphasized the need for stronger cyber defenses. Learn more about the #cybersecurity provisions in President Biden's infrastructure plan: https://bloom.bg/3wvGzCJ

During @EdLaborCmte @EdLaborGOP #WIOA hearing, Portia Wu underscored the need for dedicated investment in skills training, support for employers with upskilling, the importance of digital equity, & the value of data & innovation to connect workers to jobs. https://msft.it/6019V2KRx

The @FCC created a new public database to track telephone service providers' compliance with verifying the origins of phone calls to help with eliminating robocalls: https://bit.ly/3hRDOrB

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