Up to the task

To be "up to the task" means to have the ability, motivation, and desire to do something difficult.

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What does it mean to be “up to the task”? When I first started thinking about this phrase, I thought it just meant that you’re able to do something. Do you have the power or the ability to do an important or necessary thing? But it’s more than just having the ability. It also means, do you have the motivation? Are you willing to do something, in spite of how difficult it is? Is it likely that you will do it? Are you able, are you willing, and do you have the motivation to do something difficult and important? If so, then you are “up to the task.” Here’s how you heard it earlier. Until recently, the Brazilian government has not been up to the task of enforcing the environmental laws in the Amazon region. This is a good example, because the government has always been able to enforce the laws: it’s in their power. But in this case, the government just hasn’t been willing to do so, or it didn’t have the energy to do so. It didn’t make this a priority. It had not been up to the task.

After a few weeks of obfuscating the issue, the government of Jair Bolsonaro is starting to respond to the crisis by sending the armed forces to enforce the law and start to fight the fires. They may show that they are indeed up to the task after all.

The UK needs a leader who can navigate through Brexit. Is the new prime minister Boris Johnson up to the task? Can he do it—and will he? He probably can. He’s a talented politician, a natural leader, and former mayor of London. The question is, will he? The British people are quite divided on the issue. The easy way out for most politicians in the age of social media is to play to their base; the hard thing is to forge alliances, really convince people of your point of view, build support for a course of action. That’s what Britain needs at a momentous time in its history. So is Boris Johnson up to the task, or will he be yet another British prime minister undone by the issue of Europe? Time will tell.

I own a condominium apartment in a building here in Chicago—actually two, the one I live in, and another one. The other one has been giving me problems for years. I bought it at the exact worst moment in the history of real estate in the United States, April 2007. Literally the month the real estate market peaked and started to go down in value. And the result is, I still own it, unfortunately—it’s a long story. Anyway, I’m currently the president of the building’s condominium association. In the US, if you own an apartment, you also own a share in the whole building. You own your apartment, but also a small percentage of the land and the common areas of the building. And all the owners come together in an association to manage the affairs of the building as a whole, even as individual people own the individual units. So I’ve been the president of this building association for a long time, including some really bad years.

During the recession, let me tell you, things were bad. People went bankrupt. People lost their homes. The banks owned a lot of units in our building. People couldn’t pay their maintenance fees. There were units that had their electricity shut off. The owners that were left, we had to manage as best we could. Nobody’s job was safe, so we were worried about ourselves, too. The economy was bad, and it seemed to bring worse news for us every month as a building. And there were days when I was asking myself, am I up to the task of being the president of the building? I knew I could. I knew I had the ability. But when you need to do something hard, it’s more than just whether you have the ability to do something. It’s whether you will; whether you have the energy to; whether you can look inside yourself and get the extra energy you need to face a difficult challenge. That’s what it means to be up to the task. I often asked myself, am I up to the task of doing this? If I’m not up to the task, should I step aside and let someone else do it?

As I was thinking of this phrase, I realized that being “up to the task” is as much a question of ability as it is of leadership. Plenty of people have the ability to do something, but the question is, do they have the intangible leadership qualities that will let them really do it? That’s what it means to be up to the task: A, do you have the technical ability or the skills; and B, do you have the leadership skills, the energy, the willingness, all those intangibles; do you have that, too?

Hey, starting a business. That’s not easy. Plenty of people have the raw ability. But are you up to the task? Are you willing to spend your weekends working on it? Are you realistically going to get up before your normal work day to work on your business? That’s what I’m going through right now. For years, I did this program as a hobby with a general idea of making it a business in the future, but I didn’t take any concrete steps to building out the business side of it. I wanted to make sure I was up to the task of doing this program, week in, week out. Nights, weekends, before I committed to selling any type of product or membership.

Listen, I’m selling an annual membership here. People have paid for a full year of service in advance. That’s responsibility. And I knew that. I was not willing to start a membership program, to sell annual memberships in advance, until I knew for sure that I was up to the task of fulfilling my obligations to my listeners and my paying members every week, all year long, for multiple years in a row. That’s why I waited so long to introduce any kind of membership program, any type of business aspect to this program. I wanted to make sure I was up to the task of doing it every week, no matter what. It only took 185 episodes! But I think I know now that, yes, I am up to the task.

JR’s song of the week

It’s Thursday, so we have a song of the week for you. It’s “Let It Go” by James Bay. I had never heard this of James Bay until JR sent me the song last weekend. I really like it. It’s kind of mellow. The line I like from that song is, “Why don’t you be you, and I’ll be me?” I really like that. The song has already been featured on several TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Vampire Diaries.” It came out in 2014 and has been very popular in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. “Let It Go” by James Bay is JR’s song of the week.

This is officially the first episode in which the description of the English phrase was longer than the main content. Was I up to the task of explaining this very difficult phrase? It took longer than usual to explain, but I think I was up to it. And if you’re still with me, then you were up to listening to it all, so congratulations for that.

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  • I had the sad task of sorting through her papers after she died .
  • Max has undertaken the task of restoring an old houseboat .
  • Robson's first task will be to inspire his team with some confidence .
  • We ranked the tasks in order of importance .
  • UN troops were assigned the task of rebuilding the hospital .

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Definition of task noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • to accomplish/perform/undertake/complete a task
  • a difficult/a daunting/an impossible task
  • Getting hold of this information was no easy task (= was difficult) .
  • a thankless task (= an unpleasant one that nobody wants to do and nobody thanks you for doing)
  • The first task for the new leader is to focus on the economy.
  • The new role involves a variety of specific tasks.
  • task of doing something Detectives are now faced with the task of identifying the body.
  • task of something The government now has to take on the task of reconstruction of the country.
  • We should stop chatting and get back to the task at hand .
  • You need to concentrate on the task in hand .
  • It was a challenge to adapt this novel for the screen, but the writer proved himself equal to the task .
  • Our first task will be to set up a communications system.
  • Your duties will include setting up a new computer system.
  • They undertook a fact-finding mission in the region.
  • I’ve got various jobs around the house to do.
  • household chores
  • the task/​mission/​job/​chore of (doing) something
  • (a) daily/​day-to-day task/​duties/​job/​chore
  • (a) routine task/​duties/​mission/​job/​chore
  • (a/​an) easy/​difficult task/​mission/​job
  • (a) household/​domestic task/​duties/​job/​chore
  • to do a task/​a job/​the chores
  • to finish a task/​a mission/​a job/​the chores
  • to give somebody a task/​their duties/​a mission/​a job/​a chore
  • It was my task to wake everyone up in the morning.
  • Our first task is to set up a communications system.
  • She felt daunted by the enormity of the task ahead.
  • How do you tackle a task like that?
  • I left her to get on with the task of correcting the errors.
  • I was engaged in the delicate task of clipping the dog's claws.
  • She failed to complete the task that she had been set.
  • The primary task of the chair is to ensure the meeting runs smoothly.
  • The team have no illusions about the size of the task confronting them.
  • The unenviable task of telling my parents fell to my teacher.
  • We need to think realistically about the task ahead.
  • the simple task of making a sandwich
  • How exactly do you intend to approach this task?
  • You'll be required to do several routine tasks in the office.
  • challenging
  • take upon yourself
  • involve something
  • require something
  • fall to somebody
  • be no easy task
  • the task ahead
  • the task at hand

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a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty.

any piece of work.

a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.

Obsolete . a tax or impost.

to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; put a strain upon (powers, resources, etc.).

to impose a task on.

Obsolete . to tax.

of or relating to a task or tasks: A task chart will help organize the department's work.

Idioms about task

take to task , to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.

Origin of task

Synonym study for task, other words for task, other words from task.

  • taskless, adjective
  • subtask, noun
  • un·tasked, adjective

Words Nearby task

  • taskmistress
  • task-oriented

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How to use task in a sentence

They provide response playbooks, help assign tasks to the correct team members, and help capture records of how and when your company took action.

The beauty of it all is that once your papers are organized, your space is cleaner and your tasks are accomplished quicker.

A hashtag challenge is a unique TikTok’s content format where brands ask users to post a certain task using a specific hashtag.

Today’s technologies aren’t up to the task of deep decarbonization.

You can also right-click on the app and choose End task from there.

In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.

Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.

Sabrine is a trained lawyer, likely a helpful quality when your task is to push politicians.

It was a complex task they were asked to do, and every cultural and experiential advantage would be required.

Before dying in 1219, Marshal would begin the task of rebuilding England after decades of war.

And it was no light task , then, for six hundred men to keep the peace on a thousand miles of frontier.

Will the new issues promptly retire when their special task is over?

He sighed as he laid the papers on the table; for he thought the task would be a harder one than even his own immolation.

Having accomplished his task within three months Datto Mandi withdrew with all his men, except two who wished to settle at Pardo.

Through the beautiful, windy autumn days, he labored at his difficult task , the task of telling a story.

British Dictionary definitions for task

/ ( tɑːsk ) /

a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or chore

an unpleasant or difficult job or duty

any piece of work

take to task to criticize or reprove

to assign a task to

to subject to severe strain; tax

Derived forms of task

  • tasker , noun
  • taskless , adjective

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What is a task? and how to get more of them done

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While the word “task” might bring about feelings of despair related to chores or undesirable actions, this is usually related more so to the way you have to manage your time than the task itself.

In this article, we’ll do a deep dive into tasks, show you the best ways to break down larger projects into them, while covering efficient approaches to manage and distribute tasks.

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What is a task in a project?

In project management, a task is a work item or activity with a specific purpose related to the larger goal. It’s a necessary step on the road towards project completion.

For example, it could be something as complex as a mobile app bug fix.

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Or it could be something as simple as photocopying the latest brochure for distribution.

Single tasks are typically assigned to a single person or team, while the larger project could be a company-wide endeavor.

The task may or may not include a start and end date or a series of subtasks—this all depends on the complexity of the project at hand, which could be related to industry.

How do you break down a project into smaller tasks?

Even long term Scrum projects that last  11.6 weeks   on average make use of task management to get their work done efficiently and effectively.

Part of task management includes creating manageable workloads, considering task dependencies, and of course, communicating across teams to avoid double work or roadblocks.

To avoid these issues, you need some way to break down the high-level project deliverables and goals into tangible tasks.

In the next section, we’ll show you two of the most popular methodologies, Waterfall, and Scrum.

Work Breakdown Structure

The work breakdown structure (WBS) is the official method of breaking down projects in the PMI Guidebook.

To figure out how to break the entire project into tasks, you first need to divide it into the actual deliverables required to hand over the final product or result to the client.

For example, if you’re planning to make a mountain bike, you can break that down into the frame, handlebars, pedals, wheels, chains, and so on.

Example diagram of a WBS for a mountain bike

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You also need to work out the dependencies of the project (aka which deliverables require another one for completion).

If we were to simplify the WBS, the section on manufacturing the bike frame might look something like this.

Project WBS plan example in monday UI.

Of course, each item contains multiple tasks such as sourcing vendors, reviewing designs, picking materials, and more.

But if you assign these tasks to teams who have the necessary skills to complete all of them, that’s what the top-level plan might look like.

If you use an Agile framework, like Scrum, you won’t bother breaking down the entire project into detailed tasks at an early stage. Avoiding this large-scale exercise in prediction is one of the primary principles of Agile.

Instead, you’ll focus on planning out a deliverable increment of your product in Scrum sprints . These are 2–4 week periods of focused work dedicated to delivering a working product version of the final deliverable.

The basis for planning out these iterations is a backlog of features or user stories (functionality from the user’s perspective). You may also have a product roadmap to outline the long-term product direction as well.

Product backlog example in monday UI.

The product backlog is continually pruned and optimized before, during, and after sprints. Even if you’re not planning software projects, you can often single out elements that you can deliver in increments.

Before each Sprint, you meet with your team and stakeholders (invested parties) to discuss which user stories are the most important. You select a few items and create a dedicated sprint backlog.

Each user story is then further divided into tasks, and team members take ownership of the specific tasks they can handle.

It’s not ideal for all organizations or projects, but it’s an antidote against micromanagement in complex projects.

What size should a project task be?

So how granular should you get? What should the scope and length of the task in your project be?

It depends on the size of your project and your PM framework, but here are some rules of thumb.

The 8/80 rule for WBS

In traditional project management, a rule of thumb is that no task should be shorter than 8 hours or longer than 80 hours in the WBS.

That’s why the PMI recommends keeping tasks between 20–80 hours in the WBS.

Your individual teams can then have more granular task boards to manage their own to-do lists and/or break 2-week tasks down into daily sub-tasks.

Task length in Scrum

While user stories generally have no specified length, they’re often broken down into manageable chunks, usually one workday or less.

The official Scrum Guide doesn’t use the word tasks, but instead uses the term work unit:

“ Work planned for the first days of the Sprint by the Development Team is decomposed by the end of this meeting, often to units of one day or less. ”

On a Scrum board , you can use story points (at monday.com, we equate 1 SP to a workday) to estimate the length of the task.

Scrum board example in monday UI.

Tasks shouldn’t require more than one resource

When you break down deliverables into individual tasks, time isn’t the only consideration. The best approach is to make sure the person (or resource) who’s assigned the task can complete it from start to finish.

For example, a graphic designer could create a wireframe for an app, but wouldn’t be able to create a working prototype.

So you should split the larger deliverable of a working feature prototype into wireframe/design and development (at the very least).

For larger companies, a resource could be an entire team that includes designers, developers, and software testers. In which case, you don’t have to get as granular when planning and assigning tasks.

Accurately estimating task durations

The best way to predict the duration of tasks is to involve the actual resources who will handle the task in the planning process.

You don’t need to switch to Agile or Scrum to make this happen. You just need to involve the actual project implementers in the planning process, not just management.

Not only can they help with task durations, but they can also help with dependencies and expecting potential bottlenecks.

What is the best way to organize project tasks?

There are hundreds of different frameworks and methods for managing projects and breaking them down into tasks.

A few stand out because of their efficiency and ease of adoption and have become popular as a result.

Graph showing the usage of different project management methodologies.

Let’s take a closer look at these industry-leading options.

Waterfall refers to the traditional “predictive” project management approach. It’s called predictive because you plan every phase of the project from start to finish before even getting started.

The reason it’s called waterfall is that the projects are planned to follow a sequential order.

Diagram of the waterfall project management model.

First, you start out by figuring out the requirements of the project. What deliverables do you need to deliver a finished product?

Then you move on to designing and creating (implementing) it. Finally, you verify that the product works as intended, and launch it. The last stage includes the long-term maintenance of the product.

While berating waterfall is a popular pastime among younger management professionals, it has its place.

For physical products with a lot of dependencies and high costs associated with actual production time, mapping out the entire project in detail can be the best approach.

Instead of a specific methodology, Agile outlines a core set of values and principles to apply to your projects. As a result, Agile is an umbrella term that covers many different methodologies and frameworks .

The most famous principle is to deliver working iterations of your project frequently. That’s in contrast to planning out an entire product from start to finish like with waterfall.

Lean, like Agile, is not a specific framework that details a project management approach. Instead, it refers to a management philosophy with a core set of principles.

The focus of Lean is eliminating waste in processes throughout each stage of production. The execution is what controls the outcome, after all.

Fixing bottlenecks between departments to speed up the final assembly is a good example.

Not to be confused with Agile, which is more about high-level concepts and principles, Scrum is an actual framework for project management.

It outlines clear rules, meetings (ceremonies), and deliverables (artifacts), not just values.

The Scrum process framework from product backlog to increment delivery

For example, Scrum teams should only include a maximum of 9 regular team members. Daily Scrum meetings should only last 15 minutes.

The entire process of designing and completing a sprint is laid out in detail. That’s what makes the Scrum framework so useful for teams that want to implement more Agile principles into practice.

How to use a project management platform for effective task management

Instead of slowing down your managers and teams with an inefficient process, take advantage of the latest task management software .

monday.com is a digital workspace with all the functionality a project manager could ever want, wrapped in a package that’s actually easy to learn and use.

Pick the framework or methodology you want to work with

If you want to reach a completely new target level of productivity, basic task management won’t cut it. You need to introduce a project management framework that goes beyond daily tasks.

Luckily, monday.com makes it easy to make the switch. We offer dedicated templates for everything from WBS to Scrum.

Develop the high-level project roadmap

Project roadmap example in monday UI.

For consistent results, you should develop a high-level project roadmap. It will help guide all decisions and priorities as the project progresses.

Get more granular with a WBS and other task boards

This is where you break the larger goals into smaller deliverables and start to establish the workload for each team or department that’s involved.

It should outline the overall process but may not specify every activity or task, depending on the scale of the project.

Project WBS example in monday UI.

But it’s not the best for planning individual tasks within the involved teams or departments.

Which is why monday.com also offers more basic task boards that these teams can use to manage the day-to-day.

Screenshot of a task board example in monday UI.

You can easily divide larger items into smaller subtasks and assign them as well.

Use integrations and automations to automate menial tasks

If you want to perfect your workflow , it’s not enough to create some new task boards. You also need to eliminate repetitive menial tasks.

For example, with our smart integrations, you can automatically update a card or create a new task when you receive an email or message.

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It’s a useful feature for a wide variety of teams and use-cases. For example, your software team could get a new task with every bug report.

By automating menial tasks, you give your managers and team the time and space to focus on crucial high-level decisions.

Keep managers up to speed with dashboards and reports

Want to see at a glance if tasks are being completed on schedule, or which people (or teams) are available for last-minute work?

You can easily create and customize a dashboard that will give your managers instant access to all the information they need.

Screenshot of creating a new reporting dashboard in the monday UI.

Master your tasks

Breaking down a project into tasks and assigning them effectively requires a bit of balance.

Finding the framework that works best for your industry and internal workflows and pairing them with the tips above can help you find the happy medium of management and autonomy that will allow your teams to thrive.

Whichever you choose, monday.com has the right templates and tools to help your projects succeed.

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When we're chasing our goals , the secret to success might just be in the way we approach them. We can choose to adopt a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.

Being willing to put in the hard work and being open to learning are signs of a growth mindset. The trick is to believe that we can improve our skills and abilities if we put in the effort.

On the other hand, a fixed mindset has us believing that we either have what it takes or we don’t. This mindset can be limiting because it keeps us from learning and growing.

Ashley Peña, LCSW, executive director at Mission Connection

A simple example of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset is 'I’m not good at yoga,' versus 'I’m not good at yoga yet.'

Your mindset truly is your secret weapon when it comes to achieving your goals, says Octavia Goredema , a career coach and author of “Prep, Push, Pivot.”

Remind Me Again—What Is a Growth Mindset?

The concept of a growth mindset was first introduced by Dr. Carol Dweck, an American psychologist. Dr. Dweck posited that our mindset can play a major role in whether or not we succeed at anything, be it work, school, art, or sports. She has published several research papers and a book titled “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” based on her findings.

People with growth mindsets see abilities, talents, and intelligence as something one can learn and improve through their own hard work, Goredema explains. On the contrary, she says someone with a fixed mindset sees those same traits as set in stone and unchangeable.

Your mindset truly is your secret weapon when it comes to achieving your goals.

Our mindset can affect how we view challenges and obstacles. People with a growth mindset see challenges as opportunities for growth and discovery; whereas those with a fixed mindset see them as impossible obstacles and tend to confine themselves to the boundaries of their comfort zones, Peña adds.

A challenging situation can feel insurmountable to someone with a fixed mindset, because they don’t see room for improvement. They believe that if they don’t already have the skills to do it, they’ll probably fail. As a result, they may not even try.

What Are 5 Characteristics of a Growth Mindset?

These are five characteristics of a growth mindset:

  • Embracing learning: People with a growth mindset make learning a way of life. They keep an open mind and are willing to learn anything they don’t know. In Dr. Dweck’s words, they worry less about looking smart and put more energy into learning.
  • Working hard: They recognize that achievement requires effort, and they’re willing to work hard in order to reach their goals. They’re not afraid of the grind.
  • Welcoming challenges: Instead of seeing challenges as obstacles, people with a growth mindset see them as opportunities to learn new things and level up their skills.
  • Taking feedback constructively: Instead of taking feedback personally, they take it constructively and work on it.
  • Failing forward: People with a growth mindset learn from their mistakes and use their learnings to improve their next attempt, instead of getting disheartened and giving up. They figure out what went wrong and commit to doing things differently next time instead of assuming they’re not capable based on one mistake, says Goredama.

Examples of a Growth Mindset

These are some examples of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.

Learning a New Skill

Fixed mindset: "I can't learn to play an instrument. I'm just not musical."

Growth mindset: "If I practice regularly, I can probably learn how to play this instrument."

Facing a Professional Challenge

Fixed mindset: "I've never given a presentation before. I'll probably mess this up."

Growth mindset: "This is my first presentation. I’m actually quite excited at the opportunity! I’m going to prepare thoroughly.”

Dealing With Feedback at Work

Fixed mindset: "My boss wasn’t happy with my report. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about."

Growth mindset: "My manager gave me some helpful feedback. I’ll definitely work on it."

Approaching an Interview

Fixed mindset: “I don’t think I’m qualified for this job. I should decline the interview.”

Growth mindset: “This is my dream job. I can definitely learn the skills I need to be good at it.”

Navigating a Relationship Conflict

Fixed mindset: "We always have the same issues . This relationship is doomed."

Growth mindset: "Let’s discuss things, I’m sure we can work them out."

Working Toward a Physical Fitness Goal

Fixed mindset: "I tried doing a push-up but I couldn’t. I don’t think I’m cut out for this."

Growth mindset: "Getting fit is a journey. If I work toward it every day, I’ll be able to do a push-up someday."

Tackling a Challenging Task

Fixed mindset: “I can’t do this!”

Growth mindset: “Challenge accepted!”

Thomas Edison embodied the growth mindset. Although it took him over 10,000 tries, he persisted in his efforts to invent the first lightbulb. When someone asked him about the 10,000 failed attempts, he famously said “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

Benefits of a Growth Mindset

These are some of the benefits of a growth mindset:

  • Promotes resilience: A growth mindset pushes us to keep going, even when we’ve faced a setback. On the other hand, a fixed mindset has us giving up and feeling helpless when we can’t do something.
  • Makes us more adaptable: A growth mindset makes us more flexible and adaptable, in our professional and personal lives. 
  • Increases our chances of success: Research shows us that having a growth mindset is linked to greater motivation and increased willingness to attempt new challenges, which is ultimately linked to better performance.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety: A growth mindset helps us deal with disappointment, anxiety, and frustration in healthier ways. It also helps us cope better with stress.
  • Keeps us humble: A growth mindset keeps us humble because it reminds us that there’s always more to learn. Remember that we’re just at the beginning, there’s so much room to grow, learn and experience new things, says Goredama.
  • Helps us look beyond stereotypes: People with fixed mindsets tend to look for information that matches their idea of a stereotype; whereas people with growth mindsets are open to new information that contradicts stereotypes.

We are all human and it's almost impossible to avoid setbacks when you’re pursuing something that really matters. A growth mindset helps you get through the tougher times and encourages you to continue to bet on yourself, no matter what.

What Are Some Ways You Can Develop a Growth Mindset?

It’s never too late to change your mindset. Pena explains that shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is possible because our brains possess the capacity to evolve and expand, a trait known as neuroplasticity .

These are some strategies that can help you develop a growth mindset:

  • Cultivate curiosity: Develop a genuine interest in learning new things. Ask questions, explore new subjects, and meet different types of people.
  • Face challenges head-on: Instead of shying away from challenges, face them head-on. Ask yourself what’s the worst thing that could happen if it doesn’t work out. It’s often not as bad as you think.
  • Avoid negative self-talk: Pay attention to your inner dialogue. If your inner voice tends to discourage you, make a conscious effort to replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations that encourage you.
  • Reframe “failure” as “learning:” We tend to avoid challenges because we’re scared of failing. Replace the word “failing” in your dictionary with the word “learning.” Reflect on past mistakes, and instead of beating yourself up for them, try to focus on what you learned from them.
  • Seek feedback: Continuously seek feedback from those around you. For example, you can ask your manager or colleagues for feedback every few months to try to identify areas where you can improve. Check in with your loved ones once in a while and ask them what you can do to make them feel more loved, connected, and supported.
  • Surround yourself with positive people: Goredama recommends surrounding yourself with positive people with a growth mindset. “Think of who you know in your circle who has a positive outlook and has a track record of pursuing their own goals. Just being in the same orbit as someone who is invested in their own momentum can have a positive ripple effect.”
  • Curate your information exposure: Pay attention to the information you’re consuming, says Goredama. Instead of scrolling through social media , she recommends investing time in listening to uplifting podcasts or reading something educational.

These are some steps that can help you navigate challenges with a growth mindset:

  • Shift your perspective: If there’s an obstacle in your way, think of it as a path to improvement rather than seeing it as a roadblock. 
  • Focus on solutions: Instead of focusing on the problem and panicking, start thinking of solutions. “When you move into problem-solving mode , you start to act, and that immediately starts to build new momentum of its own,” says Goredama.
  • Create an action plan: Work out an action plan to overcome the problem. Break down the challenge into smaller, manageable steps, and set actionable goals to work through the difficulties gradually.
  • Visualize success: Picture yourself successfully overcoming the obstacle. Research shows that visualizing it can help boost your confidence and motivation.
  • Stay persistent: Be patient with the process. Remember that change and growth take time. Keep at it!
  • Adjust and adapt: Be willing to adjust your strategy based on the lessons you learn along the way.
  • Celebrate small wins: Celebrate small victories along the way. Growth is a continuous process, and it’s important to celebrate our wins along the way.
  • Reflect and learn: Reflect on your experiences, successes, and setbacks. Understand what worked and what didn’t.
  • Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes: Even if things don’t work out, don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. Focus on learning from them and adapting accordingly.

Parting Words

A growth mindset can be a powerful tool. Luckily, research shows us that it’s never too late to change our mindset, and we can learn to develop a growth mindset if we want to. It’s all about keeping an open mind and looking at challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles.

So, the next time something difficult comes your way, step up and say, “Challenge accepted!” You’ve got this!

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Internal Emails Reveal Columbia’s “Task Force on Antisemitism” is Causing Ruptures in Its Faculty.

“the question of what you mean when you say ‘antisemitism’ is kinda of the essence here.”.

Over the past four months, senior administrators at New York City’s Columbia University have found themselves at odds with a significant contingent of their faculty and student body over protests related to Israel’s war on Gaza.

On November 1, 2023, Columbia announced the establishment of a Task Force on Antisemitism , to “enhance our ability to address this ancient, but terribly resilient, form of hatred.”

On November 10, following a peaceful student demonstration and temporary art installation in support of Palestinian rights, Columbia suspended the university’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, saying that the groups had violated university policy. As reported by the New York Times five days later:

The university did not elaborate on how exactly the groups did that except to say they had held “unauthorized” events that included unspecified “threatening rhetoric and intimidation.”

On November 15, roughly 200 Columbia and Barnard faculty members walked out to protest the decision to suspend the groups. Numerous professors and graduate workers read statements in support of the groups, with hundreds of students joining the crowd to cheer on the faculty members as they spoke.

[Last Friday, February 23, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced that it had sent a letter to Columbia University administrators demanding that they reverse the unlawful suspension of the two student groups for engaging in peaceful protest. The letter also called on Columbia to reinstate both SJP and JVP chapters immediately, and gave the university until March 1, 2024 to respond before the NYCLU would move forward with legal action.]

On January 24, Nicholas Lemann (a  New Yorker staff writer and the Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism) sent an email to about 40 Columbia and Barnard faculty from himself and the two other co-chairs of the university Task Force on Antisemitism ( Ester Fuchs and David M. Schizer ) with an invitation to a one-hour listening session. The invitation prompted a number of replies, including an extended exchange between Lemann and James Schamus, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter/producer ( Brokeback Mountain , The Ice Storm , Lust, Caution ) and Columbia film professor.

This exchange was sent to Lit Hub by a Columbia University professor who wishes to remain anonymous. Its authenticity has since been verified.

From Nicholas Lemann, January 24, 2024:

Dear Colleagues,

For some years we have been engaged in spirited civil disagreement on questions of Columbia’s relationship to the state of Israel. Now the three of us are playing a different role, serving as co-chairs of the university task force on anti-semitism. One part of our early work is conducting listening sessions with a variety of groups around the university. We are writing to request a listening session with you.

We realize that you may not agree with the mission or the composition of the task force, but those decisions have already been made. Our charge now is to make recommendations that would address anti-semitism in the life of the university. It would be valuable to us to hear your suggestions and concerns about that. We propose holding this session on Thursday, February 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The likely location would be a room at the Journalism School. Details about that will follow. Thanks for considering our request—we are looking forward to the conversation.

Ester Fuchs Nicholas Lemann David Schizer

From James Schamus, January 24, 2024:

Dear Nicholas, Ester, and David,

Thank you for this invitation. I understand from your framing below that prior discussions about Israel provide some context for your current work as co-chairs of the new task force on antisemitism. Which prompts a question I think it fair to ask before engaging on potential participation in your proceedings: since you are co-chairing a task force on antisemitism (and thus can be assumed to know what you mean by that term) can you share what you mean by that term with us?

All best, James Schamus

Dear James,

We are well aware that there are a number of potential ways to define anti-semitism and that the question of which is the right one is highly contentious. Thus far we have not arrived at our own definition, and it’s possible that we may be able to complete our assignment without endorsing any of the definitions of anti-semitism. Thus far we have been more focused on life at Columbia, especially among students, than on defining anti-semitism. I hope that helps. We look forward to hearing your views at the meeting.

Best, Nicholas

Dear Nicholas,

Thanks for this reply, but, wait, what?

So, ok, the task force is not going to “define” antisemitism. Fair enough I guess, given that its focus so far, as you write here, is on “life at Columbia, especially among students.” Still, it  is  called the “Task Force on Antisemitism” not “The Task Force on, Like, Campus Vibes.” And it was announced as super urgent because of an alarming increase in “antisemitism,” which we’re all supposed to acknowledge as a given, even if we can’t point to any even provisional definition of antisemitism that would enable us to know what incidents might be used to account for this rise.

Maybe we can still get some clarity here, though. Is it fair to ask whether you, Esther, or David have any substantive disagreements with  the description of antisemitism made by the ADL , and, if so, what those might be? Do you have any substantive disagreements with the  IHRA working definition of antisemitism ? Has anyone on the committee ever publicly even whispered the mildest unease with these definitions and their current weaponization against many of the faculty you are inviting to this listening hour?

Given the passionate advocacy for Israel the leadership of the Task Force and many members of the Task Force are known for (I mean, c’mon, you have a member who has re-Tweeted posts calling our students who are advocating for a cease fire “idiots and monsters”), the conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Zionism and of Israel that the ADL, AIPAC,  et al  label as “crossing the line” is not just, as you put it, “highly contentious”—it is  the  contention  being experienced by those targeted with these smears. That is, absent an honest, public and clearly-worded articulation by the Task Force of a working definition of antisemitism that differs in this regard from that of the IHRA, the people you are inviting to this listening session are the very people who can reasonably assume you and your fellow Task Force members believe are the very “antisemites” the Task Force has been tasked to combat.

On the one hand, I guess it’s kinda cool that you are now asking to continue to engage in an hour of listening informed by past “spirited civil disagreement.” I mean, I’d personally have a hard time gathering a group of people I thought were possible or probable antisemites for a civil conversation, no matter how spirited. (And I know you’re not accusing anyone on this thread of antisemitism, but, I mean, well, you get my point—on the one side there’s the Task Force , while on the other side there’s the people who may or may not be antisemites, depending on how you define antisemitism, or, in the present case, on how you just kind of maybe not really kind of don’t define it but kind of, yeah, work with it, if you know what I mean.) And since the Task Force  has proclaimed as part of its mission  “ambitious changes” to “University policies, rules, and practices” I can certainly see the utility of an hour spent civilly listening to a bunch of maybe-or-maybe-not-antisemites or, more generously, to a bunch of people maybe-or-maybe-not espousing antisemitic opinions or whatever. And if those people take a pass on engaging in this civil conversation, I can imagine that might be read as an unfortunate indication of their maybe-not-maybe incivility, too.

So, yes, the question of what you mean when you say “antisemitism” is kinda of the essence here.

Thanks for hearing me out on this email thread!

From James Schamus, January 28, 2024:

While awaiting further chances to engage on the task force’s if not definition shall we say use of the term “antisemitism,” just a couple of quick questions if you don’t mind:

Will the upcoming “listening session” be recorded? Are any of the other listening and deliberating sessions being recorded? Will transcripts of those recordings be prepared for use by the task force in its reports and proceedings (one supposes they will be of help in collating people’s impressions and memories to the actual testimonies and statements)? If so, will the task force be making them available to colleagues?

Thanks as always, JS

From Nicholas Lemann, January 29, 2024:

We are not recording our listening sessions with faculty members. We may take notes, but if that makes anybody uncomfortable, we won’t. The listening sessions are meant to be confidential, just to give us a sense of what various elements of the Columbia community are concerned about and want us to consider as we do our work.

Best, Nicholas Lemann

From James Schamus, January 29, 2024:

Thanks for this reply. And, ah, the discomfort around recording and/or note taking may well work in both directions, of course, given that there may well be intense interest in the Task Force’s methods and procedures. Just as with the (non-) definition of what might be the actual object the Task Force is tasked to report on, opacity around its un-memorialized confidential discussions and, I assume, deliberations, may justifiably raise a few eyebrows: what counts as evidence; who counts as a quotable source; what mix of testimonies the Task Force solicits; how to weight such inputs—it’s going to be difficult to account for all such without a publicly-available compendium of the evidence solicited and sorted.

Just one example: The Task Force has made it clear it wants to talk to Jewish students who claim to have been made to feel uncomfortable by certain utterances and slogans they may have heard on campus. But it is not at all clear that “Jewish students” as a category works here, given the overwhelming evidence that a very large percentage—indeed, at this point, maybe even a majority!—of Jewish students on campus would express a great deal of discomfort with a great deal of the political speech uttered and disseminated by people presuming to speak in their name, in that the false ascribing, for example, of “pro-Israel” political beliefs and affects to them simply because they are Jews could be construed as itself a form of antisemitism. While I doubt we have up to date and precise figures for Columbia and Barnard’s Jewish student populations, we can certainly reference recent polling and trends, such as the Brookings Institute’s November 2023 round up,  “The generation gap in opinions toward Israel.”   Among a plethora of studies, one from the Jewish Electorate Institute stands out: it shows that, at the time the survey was taken, fully 33% of Jews under 40 agreed that “Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians,” and 38% that “Israel is an apartheid state.” These are claims that are often described as “antisemitic,” and yet, well, here we are. Even more interesting, these responses were gathered  before  the current assault on “Amelek.” I have more than a hunch the percentages today might well be significantly higher.

My question is: How will the Task Force appropriately weight its eventual representations of “Jewish student” discomfort, given that, for many if not most of those students, their discomfort may well be coming from the political speech of many of the members of the Task Force itself.

All best, JS

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From Nicholas Lemann, January 30, 2024:

I think we should discuss all this at the listening session.

From James Schamus, January 30, 2024:

As you can already probably tell from my contributions to this email chain, I would SO love to be there! Alas, I’m on leave and have a long-scheduled work obligation at the time of the “listening session,” and the odds are low that I will be able to break away and join you. I’m something of a glutton for this kind of thing, but as you have seen, many colleagues are more than hesitant to accept your invitation. I can’t speak for them (and many have already written quite eloquently themselves on this subject here), but I’m happy to add some of my own perspectives.

I note that you have shared the time and probable place of the listening session, and have now clarified that the session will not be recorded and that no official minutes of the session will be made and thus no minutes of the session will be made publicly available, so that the information the Task Force gleans from the session for use in its deliberations and proposals will be stored mainly in the impressions the Task Force members take away from the experience, aided, perhaps, by some individual note-taking.

Aside from that you have not volunteered any information about the format or the agenda of the session, though I gather that, given your first email, you consider this session to be one focused on faculty who do not share some or many of your political opinions about Israel, and that you and your fellow Task Force members are the ones who are there to “listen.” One can thus reasonably assume your invitees are the ones who are supposed to do the talking that will be listened to.

What are they supposed to talk about? I suppose you and the Task Force will have some questions for those who show up. Given your email, it looks like some of those questions will have to do with thoughts about Israel and Hamas etc., though, if I were there, and you were curious as to my thoughts about the current New York  Times  cooking section’s craze for sheet pan recipes, I could certainly opine on that alone for well over an hour.

So, you’re going to ask questions and then, time allowing, listen to answers. Of course, just as I can’t speak for my fellow invitees, I certainly can’t speak for you and your fellow Task Force members. But if I were you, the first and maybe only question I’d ask is:

“Are you now or have you ever been a terrorist legitimizer?”

Oh, wait , you and your co-chairs have already asked— and already answered!— that question.

I refer, of course, to your and your co-chairs’ most recent contribution to the “spirited civil disagreement” about Israel you referenced in your initial email invitation, the “Open Letter from Columbia University, Barnard College and Teachers College Faculty on the Campus Conversation About Hamas’s Atrocities and the War in Israel and Gaza.” I’m happy to rehearse the arguments regarding the glaring mischaracterizations and inflammatory rhetoric of that letter (I’ve recently done a bit of that in my embarrassingly uninvited response to one of Jeffrey Lax’s posts on another email thread—so many threads!), but here I’ll only point out that your open letter unleashed a flood of seemingly coordinated hate mail to the faculty colleagues who were your letter’s targets.

Now, time allowing, I always make it a point of replying cordially to my hate mail (though I do draw the line at death threats—one must have  some  standards). You never know where these conversations may lead. One of my correspondents, a fellow Columbia faculty member, began our exchange with “You should be ashamed for signing your name on a clearly antisemitic and factually incorrect letter (ask President Joe Biden).” A few emails later, he gave up on me, accusing me of “using fancy words.” Not a particularly felicitous exchange, but I tried. (And, when I saw some of the folks you named to the Task Force, I was mildly disappointed he didn’t make the cut😂.)

Another writer began our correspondence with this salutation: “Shame on you! You are a disgusting, pathetic human being.” But after a few days of back and forth, my correspondent thanked me, and I thanked her. She began her final email of our exchange, in response to my thanks to her for reading my replies, with:

“Why not? I might always learn something.  I don’t know if you are an antisemite or antizionist. Many people do not differentiate.”

Of course one reason I can handle incoming like this is the privilege I have of being a at least provisional, given I’m Jewish, “white” guy, who for whatever reason is pissed off enough to just not give a s*** about the consequences of speaking my mind, knowing the odds are that those consequences, at least for the moment, will be much milder for me (even emotionally) than for those of my more marginalized and vulnerable colleagues and students, but also knowing that if more of us don’t speak up now, the consequences will be much greater once those who are coming for us make all the “ambitious changes” to “University policies, rules and practices” the Task Force has announced as one of its primary missions.

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EXPLAINER: Why Kenya has been grey-listed and what it means

Grey list refers to countries with deficiencies in dealing with money laundering.

Importantly, however, it is very possible to reverse the decision in a shorter time.

Kenya will be under increased scrutiny by the FATF, with the country expected to make critical changes to its financial infrastructure to reduce the risk of being a haven for dirty money.

Financial Action Task Force urged Pakistan to complete internationally agreed action plan by February.

On Friday, the Finance Action Task Force (FATF), the global anti-money laundering watchdog, decided to put Kenya on the grey list in a move that is likely to hurt Nairobi’s standing as the financial centre of the region.

The grey list refers to countries that have deficiencies in dealing with money laundering and terrorist financing.

With Uganda removed from the list following recommendations of FATF's fifth plenary meeting, Kenya now joins Tanzania and South Sudan in the grey list.

Other African countries on the list include Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Cameroon.

The downgrade means Kenya might be subjected to stricter due diligence when it is dealing with the rest of the world, with far-reaching impacts to the economy including difficulty in securing funding and reputation damage.

How did Kenya get to the Grey List

All was not rosy for the last two years.

The East and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG), the FSRB responsible for AML/CFT/CPF action in Eastern and Southern Africa undertook a Mutual Evaluation process in Kenya in 2021, culminating in a Mutual Evaluation Report, issued in 2022.

The MER identified several strategic deficiencies in Kenya’s AML/CFT/CPF framework, particularly in the financial services and non-profit sectors.

As a result, it has been widely speculated that Kenya is a candidate for the grey list during the February 2024 plenary. 

A 2022 mutual assessment report by a regional anti-money laundering watchdog identified several strategic deficiencies in its framework for the fight against dirty cash.

The evaluation by the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) found Kenya to be ‘partially compliant’ with the global standards on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing.

To forestall this outcome of being grey-listed cross-industry regulators, lawmakers, law enforcement authorities and individual institutions were to initiate a flurry of activities aimed at remediating the gaps noted.

These efforts included the assenting of the AML/CFT (Amendment) Act, 2023 which made sweeping changes to key laws.

The Central Bank of Kenya, Financial Reporting Centre and regulators also issued a number of new guidelines and stepped up their risk-based supervisory inspections.  

This appears not to have worked as Kenya failed to persuade the international watchdogs that it had corrected course.

Regardless of the greylisting, these efforts must continue to also protect the country against money laundering and terrorism.

Between 25-27 October 2023, the global standard-setting body for countering actions against money laundering, terrorism financing and proliferation financing (ML/TF/PF), the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF), held its tri-annual three-day plenary. 

During the plenary, FATF discusses emerging typology and jurisdictional issues around ML/TF/PF risks.

The plenaries typically have two key outcomes:

Issuance of new guidelines and an updated list of countries with weak measures to combat ML/TF/PF risks.

The grey list consists of countries with strategic deficiencies in their ability to counteract ML/FT/PF risks but who have made time-bound political commitments to address them.

FATF and the regional FATF-style bodies that support it are then involved in undertaking monitoring to ensure that these gaps are closed.

What it means for Kenya to be in the Grey List

Being on the grey list is an indictment of a country’s ability to identify and effectively remediate ML/FT/PF risks.

It therefore sends a message to the global financial system to exercise caution in dealings with the country.

This raised risk profile has far-reaching economic implications including reduced attractiveness of the country as an investment destination for foreign direct investment and increased cost of doing business for entities domiciled in the country.

This is due to the enhanced due diligence applied by counterparties, and restrictions on cross-jurisdictional transactions particularly to/from countries that have stringent measures against grey-listed countries.

There is also the potential of de-risking by correspondent banks and other key relationships, and increased cost of public international debt from finance and development partners among others.

In a sample of 89 emerging and developing countries grey-listed between the years 2000 and 2017, a working paper published in 2021 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that capital inflows on average declined by 7.6% of GDP, Foreign Direct Investment by 3% while other investments declined by 3.6% following a country’s greylisting.

Based on the grey list issued by FATF, it is noteworthy and concerning, that of the 7 countries under the East African Community (EAC), four (more than half) are currently on the FATF grey list and therefore subject to increased monitoring.

These include Kenya Tanzania, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

How can Kenya come off the Grey List?

In terms of having the decision reversed, it all depends on how seriously the recommendations are taken by the jurisdiction in question, and how effectively policy is instituted to address them.

On average, it takes countries on the grey list five to 10 years to get a count removed from it.

Mauritius is a good example, having been removed after less than two years on the grey list. How have other countries fared once grey-listed?

A series of studies conducted between 2009 and 2016 indicated that countries that were grey-listed experienced no significant impact on cross-border flows and that there was a negligible impact on the ability to attract foreign direct investment.

Conversely, studies conducted post-2016 reported a decline of up to 16% in cross-border payments.

A recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) study (Kida and Paetzold, 2021) is perhaps the most relevant, having examined the impact across all financial flow measures, using more recent data and the most exhaustive list of grey-listed countries.

The findings of this study were an average decline in capital flows of 7.6% of gross domestic product (GDP).

Should investors be worried?

Local investors should be aware that being grey-listed may well have a negative impact on capital flows.

This could impact the currency and local bond and equity markets over time.

More importantly, investors should know that much of this impact has likely been priced into our markets already when considering current valuations.

Similar to the impact of a credit rating downgrade, the market and broader economic impact does not occur upon the actual event announcement, but steadily over time when not remedied.

It, therefore, stands to reason that Kenya’s deep capital markets, well-developed financial system, and rational monetary policy could potentially help the country back from greylisting, especially in comparison to the economically and institutionally wayward jurisdictions that have been evaluated previously.

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Today, President Biden will issue an Executive Order to protect Americans’ sensitive personal data from exploitation by countries of concern. The Executive Order, which marks the most significant executive action any President has ever taken to protect Americans’ data security, authorizes the Attorney General to prevent the large-scale transfer of Americans’ personal data to countries of concern and provides safeguards around other activities that can give those countries access to Americans’ sensitive data.

The President’s Executive Order focuses on Americans’ most personal and sensitive information, including genomic data, biometric data, personal health data, geolocation data, financial data, and certain kinds of personally identifiable information. Bad actors can use this data to track Americans (including military service members), pry into their personal lives, and pass that data on to other data brokers and foreign intelligence services. This data can enable intrusive surveillance, scams, blackmail, and other violations of privacy.

Companies are collecting more of Americans’ data than ever before, and it is often legally sold and resold through data brokers. Commercial data brokers and other companies can sell this data to countries of concern, or entities controlled by those countries, and it can land in the hands of foreign intelligence services, militaries, or companies controlled by foreign governments.

The sale of Americans’ data raises significant privacy, counterintelligence, blackmail risks and other national security risks—especially for those in the military or national security community.  Countries of concern can also access Americans’ sensitive personal data to collect information on activists, academics, journalists, dissidents, political figures, and members of non-governmental organizations and marginalized communities to intimidate opponents of countries of concern, curb dissent, and limit Americans’ freedom of expression and other civil liberties. 

To protect Americans’ sensitive personal data, President Biden is directing:

  • The Department of Justice to issue regulations that establish clear protections for Americans’ sensitive personal data from access and exploitation by countries of concern. These protections will extend to genomic data, biometric data, personal health data, geolocation data, financial data, and certain kinds of personal identifiers. They will prevent the large-scale transfer of that data to countries of concern—which have a track record of collecting and misusing data on Americans.
  • The Department of Justice to issue regulations that establish greater protection of sensitive government-related data, including geolocation information on sensitive government sites and information about military members.
  • The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to work together to set high security standards to prevent access by countries of concern to Americans’ data through other commercial means, such as data available via investment, vendor, and employment relationships.
  • The Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, and Veterans Affairs to help ensure that Federal grants, contracts, and awards are not used to facilitate access to Americans’ sensitive health data by countries of concern, including via companies located in the United States.
  • The Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (often called “Team Telecom”) to consider the threats to Americans’ sensitive personal data in its reviews of submarine cable licenses.
  • That these activities do not stop the flow of information necessary for financial services activities or impose measures aimed at a broader decoupling of the substantial consumer, economic, scientific, and trade relationships that the United States has with other countries.

These actions not only align with the U.S.’ longstanding support for the trusted free flow of data, but also are consistent with U.S.’ commitment to an open Internet with strong and effective protections for individuals’ privacy and measures to preserve governments’ abilities to enforce laws and advance policies in the public interest. The Administration will continue its engagements with stakeholders, including technology companies and advocates for privacy, safety, competition, labor, and human rights, to move forward in a way that appropriately balances all these objectives.

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Additionally, President Biden continues to urge Congress to do its part and pass comprehensive bipartisan privacy legislation, especially to protect the safety of our children.

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