AI Tech Accord Focuses on Election Integrity

Last week, 20 leading AI and platform companies announced their participation in a new Tech Accord to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections. The companies, which include Anthropic, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, and others, pledged to help prevent deceptive AI content from interfering with this year’s elections worldwide. “As society embraces the benefits of AI, […]

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A Focus on AI Innovation and Safety

AI is being widely used—by both responsible parties and bad actors—even as public policies and best practices for the technology are being developed. This week we want to call attention to three blogs on key AI issues: Combating abusive AI-generated content—Deepfakes generated by AI can be used to undermine elections, commit financial fraud, and cyberbully.

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Empowering Journalism with AI

In October 2020, Microsoft launched its Journalism Initiative to support local journalism, which is fundamental for strong democracies worldwide. This effort has included programs to defend journalists and leverage tech to strengthen newsrooms and combat misinformation. Building on the company’s commitments to sustainable journalism, this week Microsoft announced a series of collaborations with news organizations to leverage

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Affordable Connectivity Program Begins to Wind Down Next Week

Last fall, we sounded the alarm that the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)—which has helped more than 22 million American households get online—would expire unless Congress takes action. Unfortunately, Congress has not extended the program—at least not yet. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will end enrollment in the ACP next Wednesday, February 7. Until

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Tech Industry and Government Collaborate on NAIRR

Earlier this week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a pilot version of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR), which will provide researchers and academics with access to a range of AI technology. The pilot includes the participation of 11 federal agencies and 25 private-sector partners, including Microsoft, OpenAI, NVIDIA, AWS, and many others. According to the

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Supporting Online Safety for Young People

Over the last year, we’ve shared news about state and federal proposals to support online safety for young people. This week, we want to highlight a new Microsoft on the Issues blog dedicated to the topic, “Advancing youth online safety and wellness.” It’s critical to recognize that technology plays a positive role in enabling young people

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VFI Leader Discusses Opportunities of AI

During last year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, long-time Voices for Innovation leader Frank Valdivieso participated on a panel titled, “Latinos and the Future of AI,” at the Leadership Conference of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. We recently caught up with Frank to ask him about the experience and what points he shared. “AI to a large

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Will Congress Start the Year by Extending Broadband Access?

Late last year, we raised the prospect that millions of American households could lose their broadband access if Congress lets the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) lapse. Simply put, this would be a huge step backwards for closing our nation’s digital divide. We’ve started the new year by posting a blog on this issue, “The Clock is

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