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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Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on Senate passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) (H.R. 5759):
Washington, DC – Rep. Khanna of Silicon Valley released the below statement in light of Google CEO Pichai’s testimony today.
“The 21st Century IDEA will modernize government agencies. It’s time our government agencies adopt the innovative technologies of the 21st Century,” Rep. Khanna said. “Government exists to serve citizens, and this bill ensures government leverages available technology to provide the cohesive, user-friendly online service that people around this country expect and deserve.”
5 BURNING QUESTIONS ON HQ2 — Amazon officially ended one of the tech sector’s long-running mysteries Tuesday by unveiling Crystal City in Virginia and the Queens borough of New York as the locations for its next headquarters. But questions remain about how the HQs will affect the two regions, how the company’s larger presence in Washington will factor in politically, and more. Here are five things to watch for as HQ2 moves closer to fruition.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—While Silicon Valley companies face increased scrutiny over the role they play in elections and the propagation of false or biased news, politicians and industry insiders at a Wall Street Journal conference said there should be limited regulation of the industry.
If the mayor of a city is its best representative, then Dallas has a broken heart. “We don’t like to lose. This does not make us happy,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at a press conference Tuesday, referencing Amazon’s decision not to select his city as a location for its second headquarters. “We competed hard, we competed well, but we did not succeed,” he went on, sounding like a coach addressing a team who thought it had the big game in the bag. “I like to win so my heart’s broken today.”
A Democratic congressman from California is looking to the past to bring more tech jobs to middle-Americans in the future.
Rep. Ro Khanna, who represents a tech-heavy district that includes Silicon Valley, plans to introduce a bill that would establish a grant program to build up tech-related education opportunities in the middle of the country – in an effort to help the area transition to innovation-based economies.
Democrats’ House takeover and shifts in the Senate landscape are bound to shift Congress’s tech and cyber policies. Here’s a rundown.
Pushing on Privacy
For starters, you can expect the debate over online privacy to grow louder in the coming months, according to Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif. Khanna listed personal privacy and data security among the party’s top tech priorities at a Washington Post event on Thursday. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., separately indicated privacy could become a key issue for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the upcoming congressional term.
A Silicon Valley lawmaker has a plan to bring big tech jobs to middle America – an idea he traces to Abraham Lincoln and believes may help his party defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
Since his arrival in Congress two years ago, Ro Khanna, a California Democrat whose district includes the headquarters of Apple, Intel and Yahoo, has made several visits to Trump country: Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and other states. He says he is on a mission to find ways of bridging America’s deep digital – and political – divide.
Silicon Valley startups are continuing to negotiate deals with Saudi Arabia and take its capital through its partner SoftBank Group Corp. 9984 0.08% , amid the controversy over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi that has clouded the kingdom’s role as a global technology investor. Two startups— View Inc., which makes light-adjustable glass, and Zume Inc., which uses robots to make pizza—disclosed investments over the past week totaling a combined $1.5 billion from SoftBank’s Saudi-backed Vision Fund.