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— Women can get left behind or overlooked for their abilities to contribute to evolving technologies such as cloud computing. The Women in Cloud Summit aims to change that. Now in its third year, this year’s summit features speakers from cloud giants including Microsoft and Google, as well as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The summit takes place at the Microsoft Conference Center on Jan. 25.

— The biggest topic when it comes to technology this year is likely to be its impact on politics. Debates about the repercussions of hacking and the mass dissemination of misleading information are already in full swing. Town Hall Seattle will be continuing the discussion with a panel called Who Can We Trust? Technology’s Impact on Democracy. The panel features participants from all sides of the arguments including tech experts, lawyers, and communications professionals. The panel takes place Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Great Hall.

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