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We Need to Give Everyone a Chance with Tech

Posted by Voices For Innovation - January 5, 2016 11:46 AM

VFI Leader Nikkia Carter Has a Passion for Bringing Tech Opportunities to All Here’s a plain, simple fact: technology got me out of poverty and into the middle class. Millions of Americans should have this opportunity, but our nation isn’t doing enough. I got involved with Voices for Innovation for many reasons—but especially to push for tech policies that open...

It Turns Out, I Have a Voice

Posted by Voices For Innovation - November 19, 2015 8:15 AM

VFI Member David Gersten Reflects on His Visit to Our Nation’s Capital I admit, I was nervous—super nervous—on the afternoon of October 28, 2015. I was standing, literally, in the halls of the power—just outside the office of U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47). I was about to meet my Congressman to advocate for much-needed legal reform that would protect the...

Microsoft President Blogs on Urgent Need to Update Data Pri...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - October 20, 2015 8:03 AM

Today, in a new blog post, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith argues that privacy is a human right and warned that without policy changes we could see “a return to the digital dark ages” where data is segregated by nation. This blog was prompted by a top European court’s decision invalidating the U.S.- EU “Safe Harbor” which...

IAMCP SoCal North Hosts VFI to Highlight Importance of Advo...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - October 6, 2015 7:58 AM

On October 5, the SoCal North Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) hosted an “Advocacy Kickoff” event at the Microsoft Store at the Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, California.  Thank you to IAMCP and VFI leaders Bill Hole and Veronica Place for pulling this together. It was a great event, with many new Voices for Innovation members in attendance....

Courts and Congress Focus on Digital Privacy

Posted by Voices For Innovation - September 16, 2015 7:57 AM

Over the past two weeks, digital privacy has been in the headlines. On September 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments concerning Microsoft’s challenge to a federal demand that the company provide U.S. authorities with emails stored abroad. During the hearing, the U.S. asserted its right to access email and data anywhere in the world, if the cloud technology...

Microsoft Warrant Case Update

Posted by Voices For Innovation - September 10, 2015 7:55 AM

On September 9, 2015 the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan heard the arguments in Microsoft Search Warrant Case.  Microsoft’s Digital Constitution site posted a helpful blog summarizing the Microsoft perspective in the case. Here are some excerpts from the Microsoft Brief that appear on the blog post. “The Golden Rule applies as much to international relations as...