December 16 2022

This Week in Washington 

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Tech Highlight

Microsoft On the Issues

  • Expanding our commitments in Africa: Connectivity and skills
    The US-Africa Leaders Summit is underway in Washington DC, and Microsoft is announcing new plans to deepen its work and scale its commitments to providing digital connectivity and skills building in Africa.

    First, Microsoft is expanding its Airband Initiative through new partnerships with local and global providers to bring internet access to 100 million Africans by the end of 2025. This includes a new global partnership with satellite provider Viasat that will allow them to quickly scale and reach new markets. This is part of a broader global ambition for Airband to bring internet access to a quarter of a billion people around the world by the end of 2025.

    Second, as access to the internet grows, so does the need for cybersecurity experts to defend the growing ecosystem of providers and users. Microsoft will support this by expanding its Skills for Jobs efforts in Africa to include a new cybersecurity skilling program. (Expanding our commitments in Africa: Connectivity and skills – December 14, 2022)

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