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Ken Burns discusses Muhammad Ali's background and how the journey of boxing's greatest champion is just as relevant today—in sport, culture and beyond.

"He is speaking to us with a kind of force and clarity...that to me is just so enduring." - Ken Burns

Access to the internet is a universal right.

Broadband should be free.

Tech companies should foot the bill.

Discuss.

Today at 11am ET/8am PT, GZERO Media and Microsoft will convene proponents, skeptics, and fence-sitters to debate whether the internet should be free on the next Global Stage event.

Watch here to make up your mind: https://www.gzeromedia.com/globalstage/

  • Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary General (moderator)
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Vuyani Jarana, Chairman, Mobax Group
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
  • Vickie Robinson, General Manager, Microsoft Airband Initiative
  • Amaka Anku, Practice Head, Africa, Eurasia Group

Special appearance by António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

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Expanding access to skill-building programs and resources can create a pipeline of talent in local communities.

Bank of America is working with local organizations to fuel economic opportunity — including a $25M investment in community colleges, HBCUs and Hispanic-serving institutions.

Can the world control the technology it creates? The technology sector has created unprecedented platforms for progress, connecting people across the globe like never before. But today's technologies have also unleashed many of the thorniest issues of our time, from cyber warfare to the spread of misinformation on social media, to tension between U.S. and Europe. Microsoft president Brad Smith believes that when your technology changes society, you bear a responsibility for the world you have created. He argues that as technology advances, the work to oversee it—led by both the tech industry and governments—needs to speed up as well. How can today's leaders manage powerful technologies like artificial intelligence and keep up with the demand for new technologies, while also supporting the development of tomorrow's life-changing innovations and meet the global demands of digital sovereignty? Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age from Microsoft President Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne is now out in paperback with additional chapters and revisions. It presents an insightful and actionable plan to harness the power of today's technology while tackling the threats of an increasingly digitized world. Order it here.

By 2030, the U.S. could face a talent shortfall of 6.1M people in computer and mathematics occupations.

Bank of America's $160M investment in workforce programs helps create pathways into the tech sector, especially for underrepresented groups, and can unlock a future of prosperity for companies.

In August, the United Nations (UN) released its most substantial recommendations to date for how governments can secure cyberspace from escalating conflict. The recommendations recognize that international law applies to state behavior online and lists specific sectors that should be considered critical infrastructure and thus off-limits to attack, including healthcare, the electrical grid, education, financial services, transportation, telecommunications and electoral processes. But while this is progress, it is still not enough. The recent deluge of damaging cyberattacks, against everything from oil pipelines to food supplies to aid agencies, and increasingly damaging ransomware attacks on a variety of sectors, demand that we take concrete action that implements and upholds the rules of the road in cyberspace. UN member states must now take these recommendations, coupled with others released earlier this year, and quickly turn them into meaningful and enforceable expectations. To read Microsoft's response to the report, visit Microsoft on the Issues.

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