Intel Helps IntellectEU Fight Insurance Fraud with ClaimShare

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What’s New: IntellectEU, a technology company focused on emerging technologies, digital finance and insurtech, has implemented Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) to secure ClaimShare, its new insurance fraud detection platform. ClaimShare uses R3’s Conclave confidential computing platform powered by Intel SGX and enabled on Microsoft Azure. Additionally, ClaimShare utilizes Corda blockchain and artificial intelligence to help solve the insurance industry’s growing problem with fraudulent duplicate claims.

“The application of Intel SGX technology and confidential computing to help combat this prominent form of insurance fraud will be a game changer for insurance companies. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and strict data privacy compliance is critical in the insurance industry, and innovative solutions like ClaimShare will support collaboration, communication and further privacy.”
–Michael Reed, Intel director of Confidential Computing

Why It Matters: According to the FBI, the total cost of non-health insurance fraud is estimated to be more than $40 billion a year, meaning insurance fraud costs the average U.S. family between $400 and $700 a year in increased premiums. And while insurance companies invest in fraud-prevention technologies to identify patterns of fraudulent behavior, they are often limited to internal data. Coupled with a lack of collaboration, this proves problematic when bad actors create multiple claims for the same loss event at multiple insurers – a duplicate claims fraud also called “double dipping.”

IntellectEU launched its innovative solution ClaimShare to solve this problem of “double-dipping.” ClaimShare’s industrywide platform facilitates secure data sharing between insurers, powered by confidential computing and Intel SGX. Confidentiality is crucial given regulatory and privacy constraints when sharing sensitive, personal insurance information.

“ClaimShare is the first industrywide platform that addresses these fraudulent challenges in the insurance industry while respecting business and client privacy. Until recently, there was no technology that supported this way of data exchange. With the recent advancements and adoption of enterprise blockchain and confidential computing, insurers can now securely and privately share and match data. We are fighting insurance fraud head-on,” said Chaim Finizola, director of ClaimShare.

How It Works: Once the insurer validates the claims, ClaimShare separates claims data into personally identifiable information (PII) and non-personally identifiable information (non-PII). Using the Corda distributed ledger, the non-PII is shared between the insurers and matched using fuzzy matching algorithms to identify suspicious claims. Once claims are suspected of being fraudulent, confidential computing is used to match the PII, confirming the fraud attempt before the second payout happens for the same claim.

ClaimShare offers a duplicate fraud claim verification solution across insurers, significantly decreasing the number of fraudulent claim payouts by enabling industry collaboration. This allows insurers to put public claims data on the ClaimShare ledger after verification so other insurers can check if the claim has already been paid.

Intel SGX uses a hardware-based trusted execution environment or enclave – an area of memory with a higher level of security protection – to help isolate and protect specific application code and data in memory. By creating a confidential computing environment with Intel SGX, ClaimShare can improve the security of encrypted data sharing and collaboration between insurers and help ensure privacy so that no competitive or sensitive information is leaked. The pilot detection program focused on auto insurance but can be replicated for other insurance products.

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Intel Achieves AWS High Performance Computing Competency Status

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What’s New: Intel announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) High Performance Computing (HPC) Competency status. This designation recognizes that Intel has demonstrated deep experience helping customers optimize their HPC workloads for performance and efficiency using AWS’s elastic and scalable cloud infrastructure.

“HPC has been key to solving the most complex problems in every industry and is changing the way we work and live. Intel and AWS have been engaged engineer-to-engineer for over 15 years. The two companies have been bringing innovative solutions to market to address customer problems: from drug discovery with Fred Hutch, to autonomous vehicle innovation with Mobileye, to helping animals at risk of extinction with the University of Sydney’s Wildlife Genomics Group. Intel and AWS are driving cloud transformation in HPC with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor-powered offerings on AWS. The collaboration on AWS ParallelCluster as an Intel® Select Solutions is one great example of our relationship. This achievement is a testimony to our ongoing collaboration with AWS, and we are thrilled to be an AWS HPC Competency Launch Partner.”
–Peter Bevan, global director of Sales and Marketing for AWS at Intel

Why It Matters: Achieving the AWS HPC Competency differentiates Intel as an AWS Partner with deep domain expertise in one or more of the following categories: application, HPC management and foundational technology.

AWS launched the AWS HPC Competency to allow customers to easily and confidently engage highly specialized AWS partners that provide technology offerings for faster innovation, better agility and flexibility in areas such as genomics, computational chemistry, financial risk modeling, computer aided engineering, as well as emerging applications such as deep learning and autonomous driving. The AWS HPC Competency identifies and validates industry leaders with proven customer success and technical proficiency.

What AWS Enables: AWS provides scalable, flexible and cost-effective cloud solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

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OEMs and Intel Create New PC Category: Ultraportable Gaming

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The MSI Stealth 15M, powered by 11th Gen Intel Core H35-series processors, provides great performance for work and play. (Credit: MSI)

Today, a new class of gamers want a new type of PC. Intel’s research reveals that nearly 40% of gamers want thinner, more versatile gaming laptops that are also great all-around PCs for work, school, content creation and personal activities.

Intel and its ecosystem partners have created an entirely new category of PC: the ultraportable gaming laptop. As Intel announced at CES 2021, original equipment manufacturers such as MSI, Acer and ASUS are releasing more than 40 ultraportable gaming designs in the first half of 2021, including the MSI Stealth15M — one of thinnest 15-inch gaming laptops ever designed.

The laptops are powered by the new 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H35-series processor, delivering the fastest single-threaded performance of any laptop processor.1 This processor includes critical features normally found only in high-end desktop systems: up to 5 gigahertz frequency, PCIe Gen 4.0 architecture for the fastest storage and support for the latest discrete graphics, and Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+). These features provide a balance of mobility and advanced gaming — an industry first and a technical milestone in response to people’s real-world needs.

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Intel Launches SSD for Everyday Computing, Mainstream Gaming

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What’s New: Building on Intel’s Memory and Storage 2020 event in December, Intel today is launching the Intel® Solid State Drive (SSD) 670p, a 144-layer quad-level cell (QLC)-based client SSD.

“The Intel SSD 670p is based on our 144-Layer QLC 3D NAND with 128 gigabytes per die and provides up to two times better read performance, 38% better random read performance and up to 50% better latency over our previous generation SSDs. By offering peak performance, capacities up to 2 terabytes, and improved reliability, the Intel SSD 670p is the ideal storage solution for thin-and-light laptops.”
–Rob Crooke, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the NAND Products and Solutions Group

What It Does: Developed using the latest QLC technology, the Intel SSD 670p is equipped with capacity of up to 2 terabytes in a single drive, offering tremendous value for everyday computing needs, as well as mainstream gaming. Compared with the previous generation Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSD, the 670p offers improved performance, including 2X sequential read and a 20% endurance update. Tuned for low queue depth and mixed workloads to meet the demands of today’s most common computing needs, Intel’s newest client drive offers the right balance of performance, cost and power

Available today, the Intel SSD 670p’s thin M.2 80mm form factor is an ideal fit for thin-and-light notebooks and desktop PCs.

Why it Matters: Intel has been developing its QLC technology over the past decade to bring the performance and capacity needed to meet today’s PC storage needs, including top-of-the-line storage and the ability to efficiently manage high volumes of data. Intel’s QLC SSDs are built on floating gate technology — their data retention is a key competitive differentiator. The Intel SSD 670p’s new cell configuration results in high-capacity storage optimized for everyday computing needs at an affordable price and helps accelerate SSD adoption.

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Mobileye, Transdev ATS and Lohr Group To Develop AV Shuttles

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What’s New: Mobileye, an Intel Company; Transdev Autonomous Transport System (ATS), part of Transdev Group dedicated to autonomous mobility solutions; and Lohr Group, a mobility solutions manufacturer, have formed a strategic collaboration to develop and deploy autonomous shuttles. The companies are integrating Mobileye’s self-driving system into the i-Cristal electric shuttle, manufactured by Lohr Group, with plans to integrate it into public transportation services across the globe, starting in Europe.

“Our collaboration with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group serves to grow Mobileye’s global footprint as the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology partner of choice for pioneers in the transportation industry.”
–Johann Jungwirth, vice president of Mobility-as-a-Service at Mobileye

Why It Matters: By integrating the autonomous i-Cristal shuttle into Transdev’s existing mobility service networks, the companies aim to improve the efficiency and convenience of mass transportation solutions. Autonomous mobility can be woven into the fabric of transportation networks to distribute service when and where it’s needed, while also optimizing the fleets, lowering transportation costs and improving customer experiences.

How It Works: Over the next year, Mobileye will work with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group to integrate and deploy i-Cristal autonomous shuttles leveraging Mobileye’s AV technology, Transdev ATS’s technology and Lohr Group’s industrial expertise. The three companies will initially test vehicles on roadways in France and Israel, aiming to ready technology designs for production by 2022. The companies expect to deploy the self-driving i-Cristal shuttles in public transportation networks by 2023.

More About Mobileye’s Self-Driving System: Mobileye’s self-driving system is a turnkey AV solution that delivers safety via two core concepts: Mobileye’s formal Responsibility-Sensitive Safety model for the safety of the system’s decision-making, and a perception system featuring True Redundancy™ whereby two independent subsystems (cameras and radars+lidars) combine to enable robust perception. The self-driving system can also be deployed without geographical limitation thanks to Mobileye’s Road Experience Management™ AV mapping technology through which a proprietary, crowdsourced AV map of the global road network is created and then continuously and automatically updated using data gathered from mass-market advanced driver-assistance systems.

More Context: Read the full news release on Transdev’s website.

Even More Context: RSS Explainer  | REM | Mobileye News | Autonomous Driving News

About Mobileye
Mobileye is the global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver-assistance systems and automated driving. Mobileye’s technology helps keep people safer on the road, reduces the risks of traffic accidents, saves lives and aims to revolutionize the driving experience by enabling autonomous driving. Mobileye’s proprietary software algorithms and EyeQ® chips perform detailed interpretations of the visual field in order to anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles. Mobileye’s products are also able to detect roadway markings such as lanes, road boundaries, barriers and similar items; identify and read traffic signs, directional signs and traffic lights; create a RoadBook™ of localized drivable paths and visual landmarks using REM™; and provide mapping for autonomous driving. More information is available at

About Transdev ATS
Transdev ATS is integrator of autonomous transport systems, including AV Supervision, autonomous vehicles and connected infrastructure. Transdev ATS also provides technologies and services to local operators and cities for autonomous mobility services day-to-day operations on a large scale. Transdev ATS is part of Transdev Group.

As an operator and global integrator of mobility, Transdev – The mobility company – gives people the freedom to move whenever and however they choose. We are proud to provide 11 million passenger trips everyday thanks to efficient, easy to use and environmentally friendly transportation services that connect people and communities. Our approach is rooted in long-term partnerships with businesses and public authorities, and in the relentless pursuit of the safest and most innovative mobility solutions. We are a team of people serving people, and mobility is what we do. Transdev is jointly held by Caisse des Dépôts Group (66%) and the Rethmann Group (34%). In 2019, with 85,000 employees in 18 countries, the Group generated total revenues of 7.4 billion euros. For more information:

About Lohr Group
Lohr Group is a mobility solution manufacturer designing, building and selling passenger and cargo transportation systems. Today its global industrial presence includes six factories on three continents, 2,000 employees and one R&D hub. Lohr maintains its position as the global leader in mixed vehicle carriers. It is also developing business in rail transport, and leads projects promoting sustainable mobility.

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Intel’s Thunderbolt Tech Turns 10

In 2011, computers were clogged with too many input/output (I/O) ports. There were USB ports for data; Ethernet ports for internet; and DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA ports for video. Despite being large enough to accommodate multiple ports, the computers still couldn’t keep up with users’ needs.

The solution? Intel launched Thunderbolt™ technology, which consolidated data, video and power on a single, small connector. Thunderbolt allowed users to move data quickly and confidently among connected smart devices – like PCs, docks, monitors, solid state drives, external hard drives and cameras – using that single connector. At the time, Thunderbolt boasted the ability to transfer a full-length, high-definition movie in less than 30 seconds and back up a full year of continuous MP3 music playback in just over 10 minutes.

Today’s Thunderbolt™ 4 has had a four-times increase in the overall bandwidth of the port from the original Thunderbolt. It can support two 4K displays, while charging a notebook at the same time. It has moved to an even smaller Type C connector to allow for thinner-and-lighter notebooks and single-cable docking. Thunderbolt has blossomed into an industry standard, integrated into Intel CPUs, and its protocol contributed as the USB4 standard. It is now required on Intel Evo and vPro laptops, and is supported across all leading computer operating systems, including, coming soon for the first time, Chrome devices.

“Thunderbolt’s simplicity, reliability, and performance are important whether you are working or learning at home, or you are creating content or you are a gamer. You can do all of those things with a single Thunderbolt connection,” said Jason Ziller, general manager, Client Connectivity Division at Intel.

Thunderbolt is among the seminal technologies to be successfully commercialized born of Intel Labs, Intel’s research organization focused on the future of computing.

If a company is using the Thunderbolt name or logo, its product has passed a certification test that includes electrical and functional testing to make sure its device works the way it is supposed to. More than 1,000 computers and 1,000 accessories in many different categories have been Thunderbolt-certified, showing the breadth of its adoption across the industry.

“Intel looks forward to continuing to work with the industry on innovation and adoption of Thunderbolt,” said Ziller. “We expect Thunderbolt will keep up with monitors as we look to 8K and 16K, external SSDs that are nearly doubling in speed every year, and much more.”

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Intel IT: Accelerating Intel’s Future

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What’s New: The newly released 2020-2021 Intel Information Technology (IT) Annual Performance Report highlights how Intel’s IT team aided the company as it faced the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Amid Intel’s transformation for a new era of distributed intelligence, Intel IT accelerated its efforts to integrate innovative solutions with emerging technologies into Intel’s business. This ensured Intel could continue to manufacture the essential technology solutions that customers were counting on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In 2020, we learned the importance of a digital-first business, how to move fast under fire and that the way we work has forever changed. Going forward, we have an opportunity to build a culture that maintains that same sense of urgency and acceleration to deliver greater value for Intel and our customers.”
–Archana Deskus, Intel senior vice president and chief information officer

What Happened: Intel’s IT team played a critical role by ensuring the company’s operations could continue uninterrupted and meet customer demand, while keeping employees safe. The report highlights how it happened, including:

  • A 72-hour transition to support 100,000 remote workers.
  • Development of a hardware and software platform for technicians to monitor and control critical factory operations from home.
  • Deployment of augmented reality technology throughout Intel factories to facilitate social distancing and reduce the need to travel.
  • Implementation of automation, remote collaboration and a “One Intel” mindset to reopen a manufacturing facility in 22 weeks — nearly 80% faster than normal.

Why It Mattered: In this era of rapid change, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G network transformation and the intelligent, autonomous edge are the three fastest growing opportunities for Intel and its customers. Intel IT is key in supporting the company’s digital transformation. For example:

  • AI algorithms helped improve factory yield by an extra 3.7 million units in 2020. The use of advanced analytics to process billions of data points per day enables engineers to extract information in seconds instead of hours.
  • Intelligent test execution management (ITEM) capability helps validation teams run the most efficient and cost-effective tests, resulting in faster time to market. ITEM reduced the number of required tests by 70% and Intel deployed it in 60 validation teams across the company.
  • The Sales AI Platform covers 2,500 sellers and 31,000 accounts. In 2020, Sales AI applications generated more than $168 million in revenue for Intel.

What’s Next: In 2020, IT-enabled solutions and services delivered $1.56 billion in business value to Intel. Looking ahead, Intel IT is part of the company’s task force that will shape how Intel operates in 2021 and beyond. A digital-first mindset will enable more flexible, personalized and immersive work environments that support different roles and power new levels of collaboration.

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Intel, Google Cloud Aim to Advance 5G Networks, Edge Innovations

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  • Accelerating the ability of communications service providers to deploy their virtualized radio access network (RAN) and open RAN solutions with next-generation infrastructure and hardware.
  • Launching new lab environments to help communications service providers innovate for cloud native-based 5G networks.
  • Making it easier for communications service providers to deliver business applications to the network edge.

“Communications service providers can adopt cloud-native technologies to harness the potential of 5G both as a connectivity solution and as a business services platform to deliver applications to the network edge,” said Shailesh Shukla, vice president and general manager of networking at Google Cloud. “Expanding on our work with the telecommunications industry, we are excited to work with Intel to help customers plan, test and deploy the technology and infrastructure needed to accelerate the delivery of cloud-native 5G for consumer and enterprise use cases.”

This collaboration marks another important step forward in Intel’s journey to help transform the 5G network with a software-defined, agile and scalable infrastructure. The telco cloud reference architectures and integrated solutions from Intel and Google will help communications service providers further accelerate scalable network and edge deployment as they implement multicloud architectures. This is critical to achieving the full potential of 5G, edge and artificial intelligence across a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing and healthcare.

“The next wave of network transformation is fueled by 5G and is driving a rapid transition to cloud-native technologies. As communications service providers build out their 5G network infrastructure, our efforts with Google and the broader ecosystem will help them deliver agile, scalable solutions for emerging 5G and edge use cases,” said Dan Rodriguez, corporate vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel.

More information on use cases and the full news release can be found on Google’s website.

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People, Processes, Products Define Intel’s Security Strategy

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Martin G. Dixon
Intel fellow and Vice President, Intel Security Architecture and Engineering Group

By Martin G. Dixon

For more than 50 years, Intel has played a key role in shaping the future of computing and communications technologies that are the foundation of the world’s innovations. We strive to design, manufacture and sell the world’s most secure technology products. We also understand there is an intersection between innovation and security that requires a sense of trust.

Utilizing the breadth and scale of our reach is not something we take lightly. It takes commitment and a willingness to invest heavily in building systems that are resistant to emerging threats and to strategize for those that are not yet realized.

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IDC expects worldwide security spending to reach $174.7 billion in 2024 with a compound annual growth rate of 8.1% over the 2020-2024 forecast period.1

Every year, even as the total investment in cybersecurity grows, vulnerabilities persist with an ever-increasing volume of threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.

Security doesn’t just happen. At Intel, our success relies on the success of our customers, and it starts with us. We have a clear long-term strategy, and it boils down to our people, our processes and our products.


I am proud that many of the world’s greatest security experts are at Intel. These trusted leaders are embedded across every product group, from architects and designers to technologists and researchers, and help ensure we all operate with a security-first mindset.

It is our people who build new security capabilitiesprotect against evolving threats and co-engineer security solutions with our partners. Our products are highly complex, and we cannot anticipate the myriad ways in which they will be used nor how sophisticated third parties will seek to undermine their integrity. We work with skilled security researchers across the globe to identify, test and validate the security of Intel products through our Bug Bounty Program and academic programs, including the Side Channel Academic Program.

Beyond what we do for Intel, we also work with the broader community and contribute to industry standardsdiscussions and think tanks to accelerate industry-level progress in security. Our success depends on executing the best possible products, and for that, we must have a culture where individuals are heard and the best idea wins.

As Nilofer Merchant wrote in the Harvard Business Review, “Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time.” It is this culture that helps ensure that everything we build is designed to deliver the highest performance and optimal protections.


As we consider who we are and what’s changing in the world, we prioritize innovation, execution, culture and impact. We established the Intel Security Architecture and Engineering Group to lead this effort.

The entirety of a product’s life needs to be secure, and our development practices stem from a security development lifecycle (SDL). Intel SDL is a robust set of processes that integrates security principles and privacy tenets into every step of product development, from concept to support. We take a holistic approach to SDL, customizing the process to address the highly integrated nature of hardware, firmware and software development. This helps to ensure the delivery of a trustworthy product that can be effectively supported from beginning to end of life.

Building security and privacy into products from concept to retirement is not only a strong development practice, but it is also essential to enable customers to truly unleash the power of their data.

Once products are released, we continue to support them and address vulnerabilities. Our SDL process is closely connected to the Intel Product Security Incident Response Team and our internal research efforts that contribute to ongoing security assurance for products both in development and in the field. We feed the learnings of vulnerabilities directly into the concept and architecture stages of our products — constantly learning as threats evolve.

In 2020, 92% of vulnerabilities addressed in our products were a direct result of the proactive investment in our processes. It is our processes that allow us to address threats in a manner that is both comprehensive and maintains high performance, while adapting to new classes of vulnerabilities.


Security is a system-level property rooted in the silicon. Every component in the system — from software to silicon — needs to do its part to help keep data secure.

Today, billions of devices are interconnected and operate in increasingly diverse and complex environments requiring workloads to execute seamlessly between different architectures, with data moving through a multitude of hierarchies. To address these challenges, our product strategy focuses on three areas: foundational security, workload protection and software reliability.

We start with a solid foundation of security to build upon. Intel has delivered security engines being used more than a billion times worldwide. Our platforms have features such as Intel® OS Guard, BIOS Guard and Boot Guard, which help them start up correctly and verify that it is running as expected. These and other technologies are the building blocks that provide ways to verify trustworthiness of devices and data.

Once a platform has started correctly, the next step is to protect workloads. These workloads vary depending on the environment, and to help protect data that moves through them, we continue to build upon silicon-based control schemes that optimize security and performance in foundational technologies. One such example of this is the work Intel is doing to accelerate the use and performance of stronger cryptographic algorithms that encrypt data.

The primary way attackers get into systems continues to be through something they can scale — and that is software. Intel has a history of improving software reliability by building silicon enhancements realized through logic inside the processor. These architectural advancements can result in considerably less execution overhead compared to software-only implementations. A recent example of this work is the release of Intel® Control-flow Enforcement Technology, which helps find the weaknesses that lead to common malware attack methods that have been a challenge to mitigate with software alone.

Security solutions rooted in hardware provide the greatest opportunity to provide security assurance against current and future threats. Intel hardware, and the added assurance and security innovation it brings, helps to harden the layers of the computing stack.

Intel is shaping the future of computing and communications technologies that are the foundation of the world’s innovations. Our success relies on the success of our customers and it is though our ongoing commitment and investment that we earn our customers’ trust.

Martin G. Dixon is an Intel fellow and vice president in the Intel Security Architecture and Engineering Group at Intel Corporation.

1 IDC’s Worldwide Security Spending Guide, 2020V2, July 2020.

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Intel Pledges $5M to Develop HBCU Tech Law and Policy Center

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A photo shows law school students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Intel has announced a donation of $5 million over the next five years to the historically Black university. NCCU’s School of Law will use the donation to create a new tech law and policy center. (Editor’s note: Photo was taken in 2017, before COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, students, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings and take full health and safety precautions. Credit: North Carolina Central University)

What’s New: As part of its commitment to build a more equitable world, Intel will donate $5 million over the next five years to North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a historically Black college and university (HBCU), to create a new tech law and policy center. Steven R. Rodgers, Intel’s general counsel, will join the law school’s board of visitors to help direct additional resources and support for the law school. Allon Stabinsky, Intel’s senior vice president and chief deputy general counsel, and Rhonda Foxx, Intel’s leader of social equity policies and engagements, will join the center’s advisory board to help shape its certificate program and curriculum development and drive further Intel engagements.

“As a company and industry, we need to do better to ensure legal and policy jobs are available to all communities, because talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. At the beginning of this year, we began to hold our legal counsel accountable to the Intel Rule, which states we will not retain or use outside law firms in the U.S. that are below average on diversity. And now, through this partnership, we will hold ourselves accountable for extending the talent pipeline. Our investment in NCCU is only the beginning, and we will continue our efforts to provide more equitable access to tech, legal and policy careers.”
–Steven R. Rodgers, Intel’s general counsel

How It Helps: Intel will provide legal and strategic expertise, faculty training, summer internships and Intel mentors to both students and faculty members. Students will engage directly with Intel executives who will serve as guest lecturers and provide practical legal experiences, networking and mentorship. Intel’s goal is to prepare the next generation of corporate attorneys by giving them exposure to corporate law on day one of their law school journey. Two first-year law students from NCCU will also participate in a summer associate program with Intel.

Why It’s Important: The new center will give more access to diverse professionals in legal and policy fields. It will address discriminatory laws and public policies that create structural and systemic inequities. According to the American Bar Association, about 5% of lawyers in the U.S. are Black. Additionally, 80% of Black judges and 50% of Black lawyers come from HBCUs, making these schools critical to diversifying legal and policy professions and ensuring greater opportunity to underrepresented demographics.

Historically, HBCUs have trailed other institutions in federal funding and corporate engagement. There are over 100 HBCUs across the nation, and NCCU is one of only six with a law school. Extending tech opportunities to HCBU law schools on the East Coast and in southern states is key to enhancing educational and economic equity. North Carolina is home to the most HBCUs, and NCCU, based in Durham, N.C., is close to the Research Triangle Park, making it a prime university for this engagement.

About the Policy and Law Center: Intel will contribute $1 million annually for five years. The first year’s allocation is geared toward helping build a strong foundation for the center. Approximately $400,000 will support the recruitment and hiring of an executive director and key staff, as well as other startup costs for the center. An additional $500,000 will go to support an endowed professorship. Also, Intel will contribute $100,000 toward need-based scholarships to help students experiencing financial hardship.

More Context: Intel made a commitment to not stand on the sidelines in the fight against inequality. The company pledged $1 million to address social justice and racism. To further this commitment, it has created global social equity principles and established the law and policy center as part of its economic equity goals. Intel’s actions also build on the company’s recently announced 2030 goals and Global Impact Challenges that reinforce its commitment to making technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness. Intel is committed to enabling technology and people to build a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable world. Social equity is core to this work. These values are an essential part of the company’s corporate mission to create world-changing technologies that enrich the lives of every person on Earth. Social equity efforts such as this will help embed these values into critical public policies that will accelerate diversity and inclusion in the industry.

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