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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

Internet and Technology

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Silicon Valley plays a central role in changing the world through technological innovations. These changes have improved the lives of millions and have opened up a world of job and economic opportunity nationwide. However, they also come with a host of new challenges to consider. I believe that in the age of technology and connectivity, we are entitled to a basic set of rights that protect access, privacy, and universality of internet use.

The lack of universal access to broadband is a prevalent inequality in today’s society. The internet is no longer a privilege. That is why I will work with Congress and technology companies to make it available to all communities, regardless of income or geography. This also means protecting net neutrality. For the internet to remain a free and open public service, we must maintain the rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from extorting their customers for quality access. I will stand up to the big corporations that want to roll back these vital protections.

It is also important that Americans are safe from warrantless data collection and fully informed of who has access to the information that they put on the web. Individual privacy is protected in the U.S. Constitution, and I will work hard to shield Americans from unnecessary surveillance.


Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

Read my op-ed for supporting tech jobs nationwide.

 

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July 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) met with representatives from veteran’s groups and other lawmakers to discuss how to implement a new government pilot program to test how GI Bill can help veterans learn jobs skills to join the tech economy.

Earlier this week, the House unanimously passed the Vet-Tec Act, which was part of a legislative package called the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. Rep. Khanna was the lead Democratic sponsor of the Vet-Tec ACT, which was introduced by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

July 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) is kicking off the annual Congressional App Challenge for students in the 17th Congressional District. High school and middle school students who have an idea for an app are encouraged to apply. 

June 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) invited him to visit Silicon Valley to meet with U.S. tech leaders and congratulated the president his recent election win. This invitation follows one to British Prime Minister Theresa May, inviting her to visit Silicon Valley in an effort to find solutions between governments and tech companies to fight online terrorism while respecting the freedom of speech.