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The next big thing in redeveloping the U.S. workforce is digital skills training.

Why it’s important: Simply giving workers access to critical technologies isn’t enough if they struggle to use them.

  • For example: Gaining access to today’s job market, especially during the COVID-19 era, requires an understanding of videoconferencing software for interviews and job fairs. But what if a job seeker doesn’t understand how to use the software?

Enter companies like Google. For years, Google has been partnering with different organizations around the nation to help ramp up Americans’ digital skills.

  • This move is more important than ever, as millions of Americans could be shut out of the new job market that requires a deeper understanding of technologies.

The result: “Google has supported digital skill programs that create pathways to secure fast-growing, good-paying jobs,” said Andrew Dunckelman, Head of Impact and Insights, Google.org. “We've trained more than 5 million Americans on digital skills.”

Other companies and organizations are pitching in as well but from a different angle. Here’s how:

  • Some major retailers have well-developed programs that help current employers reskill on the job with opportunities to move into higher-paying positions.

The takeaway: Workforce development depends on how accessible training programs are for the workers who need it most.

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Jan 13, 2021 - Technology

Scoop: Google pausing all political ads following Capitol siege

Members of the U.S. National Guard arrive at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 12. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Google informed its advertising partners Wednesday that beginning Jan. 14, its platforms will block all political ads, as well as any related to the Capitol insurrection, "following the unprecedented events of the past week and ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration," according to an email obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Political ad bans are designed to curb confusion and misinformation surrounding highly sensitive events. Google says a limited version of its "sensitive event" policies went into effect after the violent events in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
31 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The global future is looking dark and stormy

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

A new 20-year-forecast for the world: increasingly fragmented and turbulent.

The big picture: A major report put out this week by the National Intelligence Council reflects a present rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. How the next two decades will unfold depends largely on whether new technologies will ultimately unite us — or continue to divide us.

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Rep. Gaetz declares he's "not going anywhere" amid sex trafficking probe

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) doubled down Friday night, saying he's not "going anywhere," and vowing, "I have not yet begun to fight," amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

What he's saying: “I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” Gaetz, who denies the allegations, said during a Women for America First event at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.