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 (D–Calif.) is drafting legislation that would study the effects of FOSTA, the bipartisan "sex trafficking" bill that bans hosting any web content promoting prostitution. Since its passage in April 2018, a host of anecdotal evidence suggests that the law has had negative outcomes for sex workers, law enforcement, and online speech.
When a group of bills known as SESTA/FOSTA was introduced in early 2018, it garnered widespread bipartisan support. The bills were intended to curb online sex trafficking, a goal that was easy for lawmakers to get behind, and one that few wanted to be seen actively opposing. One of the few dissenting votes was from Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California.
Lisbon, Portugal – This week, Rep. Ro Khanna, member of the House Oversight Committee and Congressional Representative for Silicon Valley, participated in the 2019 Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna introduced legislation which would mandate Congress direct OMB to require cybersecurity training for federal employees and include information on the risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, defined as everyday devices that connect to the internet. Some examples include internet connected home appliances, smart watches, and cars. IoT devices present new and unique cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Silicon Valley’s lawmaker wants to make sure every federal employee knows how to securely interact with technology, including the internet-connected devices that are proliferating throughout the government.
On Monday, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., will introduce legislation that would mandate that all federal employees receive training in basic cybersecurity practices. The training, overseen by the Office of Management and Budget, would also teach feds to identify and mitigate security risks associated with the internet of things.
Washington D.C. – Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) will introduce legislation this week to advance and codify the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program.
For more than a decade, the giants of Silicon Valley have been pumping out products and services that millions of people and companies now use every day: social networks, search engines, two-day shipping on toilet paper. Only recently, however, have Americans become aware of just how much of their privacy they surrendered—sometimes knowingly, sometimes not—by joining this ecosystem of app-centric convenience.
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.