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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 in The Hill on supporting tech jobs nationwide.

 

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September 21, 2017 In The News

Silicon Valley Congressman, Rep. Ro Khanna, said he's glad Facebook is turning over some 3,000 ads-linked to the Russian government-- to congressional investigators because it shows transparency. He says the country needs more cooperation between intelligence agencies and tech leaders. He calls the situation, "A new problem for our democracy."

September 19, 2017 In The News

Silicon Valley has been able to escape the heavy wave of federal regulations that other industries have faced, but that now could change as lawmakers question tech companies' practices in the 2016 election and their recent efforts to silence certain groups.

September 9, 2017 In The News

San Jose says it might be interested in making a pitch to become Amazon’s second home, but not all Silicon Valley officials are on board.

Rep. Ro Khanna, who represents California’s 17th Congressional District — including San Jose — in Washington, tweeted that tech companies shouldn’t be asking for tax breaks when they want to build a new headquarters. Amazon has said it is looking for financial incentives before deciding where to locate what it is calling HQ2.

September 8, 2017 In The News

Where would be the patriotic place for Amazon to put its enormous new office complex?

The company announced yesterday that it was looking beyond Seattle to build a second headquarters. Ultimately, HQ2, as Amazon calls the project, will house up to 50,000 workers and stretch over more office space than the Pentagon. Amazon welcomed proposals from cities and said it wanted a metro area with at least 1 million people that employees would find appealing.

September 7, 2017 In The News

Amazon is hoping to snag some sweet tax credits wherever it decides to construct its newly announced plans for a second corporate headquarters.

But one of Silicon Valley’s leading representatives in the U.S. Congress doesn’t think the e-commerce company actually deserves them — in his California district or anywhere else.

September 6, 2017 In The News

Silicon Valley has long preferred to remain aloof from national politics, but the Trump era has altered that stance.

In recent months, tech luminaries have repeatedly clashed with the president, criticizing his executive order on Muslim immigration, his ban on transgender troops, his “many sides” equivocation on white supremacists and his Tuesday announcement that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which lets young undocumented immigrants remain in the country.

September 4, 2017 In The News

A messy, public brawl over a Google critic’s ouster from a Washington think tank has exposed a fissure in Democratic Party politics. On one side there’s a young and growing faction advocating new antimonopoly laws, and on the other a rival faction struggling to defend itself.

August 10, 2017 In The News

Plunging his hand into an opened computer chassis, Vichon Ward sorted through a mess of colorful cables, fans and motherboards. The 28-year-old served eight years as a mechanic in the Air Force, repairing massive jet engines at military bases around the world — but before starting a tech training course here last month, he had never seen the inside of a computer.

“I’ve fixed planes my whole life,” said Ward, pulling out a hard drive. “This is brand new.”

August 10, 2017 In The News

A controversial anti-diversity memo written by a now-fired Google employee isn’t just sending shockwaves across the search giant’s Silicon Valley campus — it’s setting off alarms in the U.S. Congress, too.

In response to the screed by former engineer James Damore — which attributed a lack of women in tech to “personality differences between genders” — lawmakers on Capitol Hill are slamming Google and its peers for failing manifestly to recruit, retain and protect workers of diverse backgrounds.

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.