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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I remember all too well hearing the term “net neutrality” for the first time. My mind always records for posterity the times when I make a fool of myself.
It was in 1999, at one of those then-ubiquitous conferences that attracted hundreds of techies in the midst of the dot-com boom, that I got my first lesson on the topic. Standing in line with a group of tech stalwarts, I was asked if my publication, then Forbes, would be interested in a column on net neutrality.
I answered, “I doubt it.” Then, when someone asked “Why not?,” I made the mistake of trying to answer.
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