Internet and Technology
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.
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Rep. Ro Khanna, member of Congress for Silicon Valley, issued the following statement in light of the White House inviting tech companies to discuss violent online extremism following deadly shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.
Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act, to require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to conduct a study of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy. The legislation empowers policymakers to make more informed decisions about broadband, connecting underserved communities and keeping America competitive in a digital world.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is set to reintroduce on Wednesday his version of legislation that would require the Commerce Department to start studying the economic effects of U.S. broadband deployment and adoption.
Santa Clara – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) invited local labor leaders, union organizers, contractors, and technology executives to a compelling roundtable discussion on the future of labor in the digital economy. Panelists shared candid experiences working for Silicon Valley’s leading innovators, overwhelmingly responding that there was a need for greater respect and understanding from technology managers, as well an urgency to pay contract workers a fair wage.
Just like banks work together to share data about common types of fraud, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) says it’s time for Silicon Valley to have an equivalent alliance to share disinformation threats, as well as about hate speech and inflammatory content. Right now, he says a bad actor could be kicked off Facebook and just go open an account on Twitter. He wants to make sure the lines of communication are open among technology companies so they can have a more coordinated response to malicious actors.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who represents Silicon Valley, is calling for Facebook to remove the doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif.) that has gone viral on social media.
Tweeting late Tuesday, Khanna said that even "fairly informed" voters are being duped by the video, which is slowed down to make Pelosi appear drunk and incoherent.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Wednesday on “Rising” that Trump administration sanctions on companies like the Chinese telecom giant Huawei are reasonable, citing national security purposes.
“I do think Huawei has dangerous implementation of technology where there’s a risk of spying, there’s a risk of the Chinese government subsidizing them,” Khanna told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti.
Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Rep. Ro Khanna will chair a hearing titled, “DOD Inspector General Report on Excess Profits by TransDigm Group, Inc.” at 10:00am in 2154 Rayburn HOB in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
In response to today’s oped in the New York Times by Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes, Rep. Khanna issued the below statement:
“Chris Hughes is a thoughtful voice for those left out of the digital economy. I agree with him that, in retrospect, the FTC should not have approved Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram & WhatsApp in 2012. I believe the way forward is to heavily scrutinize future mergers and to ensure no company has anti-competitive platform privileges.
US Rep. Ro Khanna of California believes that healing the nation’s divisions starts with equal opportunity in the digital age for Rural America.
Khanna represents Silicon Valley. So what is he doing helping Pillar Technologies of California launch a digital “forge” in Jefferson in conjunction with Iowa Central Community College? It opens in August, with jobs paying $75,000 per year.
“You can’t put the fabric of the country back together when some places prosper and others don’t,” said Khanna, who was reared in Bucks County, Pa.