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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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Read my op-ed in The Hill on supporting tech jobs nationwide.

 

More on Internet and Technology

November 2, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, introduced a bill aimed at expanding job opportunities in science and technology.

The 21st Century Jobs Act would allocate $900 billion over 10 years for research and development in emerging technologies, such as climate science, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing.

It would further create a Federal Institute of Technology with 30 centers placed in locations that currently lack prominent technology facilities.

November 2, 2020 In The News

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna, the representative of one of the more economically muscular districts in the history of the nation, has introduced sweeping legislation — the 21st Century Jobs Package — aimed at bringing communities left out of digital and technical jobs and wealth growth, now concentrated in places like San Francisco and Austin, Texas, to rural swaths of the United States.

October 28, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., introduced legislation this week in the House to make a massive $900 billion investment in science and technology to expand Silicon Valley jobs to America's heartland and to ensure the United States retains its technological edge over China.

Khanna shared his vision for the legislation back in May for Fox News' Big Idea segment on how to create regional tech hubs that could spur jobs, education and innovation in rural America and minority communities throughout the United States. 

October 27, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and several other House Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday to invest in and train a technologically proficient workforce for the future.

The 21st Century Jobs Act would invest $900 billion over ten years in research and development efforts around emerging technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and biotechnology, along with prioritizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

October 27, 2020 In The News

A congressman representing Silicon Valley is proposing the creation of a federal agency and a new workforce-focused set-aside for federal contracting as part of a plan to invest in technology education and job opportunities in rural areas.

On Tuesday, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., introduced the 21st Century Jobs Package, which includes several provisions that would directly affect federal agencies, such as the creation of a new agency: the Federal Institute of Technology, or FIT.

October 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced a landmark jobs package to ensure the future of work is accessible to every American and that the U.S. leads the digital age. Khanna’s plan will create a Federal Institute of Technology (FIT), with approx. 30 locations spread across the country, and allocates $900 billion in R&D funding for emerging technologies like Advanced Manufacturing, Synthetic Biology, Artificial intelligence, Biotechnology, and Cybersecurity.

The 21st Century Jobs Package also includes:

October 21, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna has one message for politicians who continue to suggest technology companies should give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted data: This is a power grab.

September 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced the CHARGE Act (Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies) in the U.S. House of Representatives in an effort to incentivize government agencies to purchase and utilize electric vehicles in their work.

July 29, 2020 In The News

One Silicon Valley legislator said the federal government urgently needs to update its information technology systems — especially as it deals with the COVID-19 crisis.

July 4, 2020 Ro's Op-Eds

Times and Democrat

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