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Sensible Public Policies Needed for Facial Recognition

Posted by Voices For Innovation - January 16, 2019 9:44 AM

Recently, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for “governments in 2019 to start adopting laws to regulate” facial recognition. He discussed this issue as well at an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. In his blog, Smith noted that facial recognition, “brings important and even exciting societal benefits but also the potential for abuse.” When misused, facial recognition can...

Progress on Rural Broadband

Posted by Voices For Innovation - December 11, 2018 10:38 AM

Over the last 17 months, Microsoft has forged partnerships with local internet providers to bring broadband connectivity to 1 million Americans in rural communities who currently lack high-speed access. On December 4, the company pledged to help bring broadband connectivity to 3 million rural Americans by 2022 — upping its previous pledge of 2 million. This expansion of broadband to...

Hour of Code 2018 is Fast Approaching—Sign Up to Voluntee...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - November 5, 2018 2:12 PM

Hour of Code™ 2018 is just a few weeks away—running from December 3-9. We strongly encourage VFI members to volunteer to host an Hour of Code session in their community—at a school, a community center, or even a Microsoft Store. Launched in 2013 as part of Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code has become a global phenomenon that reaches...

VFI Leader Bill Hole Highlights Industry and Advocacy at Re...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - July 13, 2018 10:46 AM

On June 28, dozens of educators, administrators, and business leaders gathered at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens, Washington—northeast of Seattle—for a Regional STEM Summit. VFI leader and STEM advocate Bill Hole The inaugural event was the brainchild of Holly Urness, Instructional Coach for Secondary Science in the Lake Stevens School District. Holly partnered on planning the event with...

Chicago Tech Community Meets with Congressman Peter Roskam

Posted by Voices For Innovation - June 27, 2018 1:23 PM

In April, Voices for Innovation leader and President of the Chicago Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) John Nicolau met with U.S. Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL-6). Rep. Peter Roskam addresses members of IAMCP Chicago. Near the end of their April meeting, John asked Rep. Roskam to speak with a group of Chicago-area technology professionals at an...

Partnering Podcast Features Voices for Innovation

Posted by Voices For Innovation - April 9, 2018 9:14 AM

On the podcast The Ultimate Guide to Partnering, host Vince Menzione dedicates a complete episode to public policy engagement and Voices for Innovation. You can listen to the complete episode, “One Technology Organization’s Focus on the Greater Good,” below.   The Value of Policy Engagement In the episode, Vince talks with VFI director Jonathan Friebert about how the organization connects...