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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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness make for an awful Terms of Service contract. But Rohit “Ro” Khanna is adamant about pushing an Internet Bill of Rights. The freshman representative from California is the most noteworthy member of Congress you’ve never heard of. As he seeks reelection, that’s about to change.
Starting this week, European regulators have been tasked with enforcing a sweeping new privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. And the U.S. Representative whose district includes the headquarters of Google and Apple says we need something like that, but not as extreme.
“The answer can’t be, on a scale of one to 10, Europe’s regulations [are] a nine, we’re a zero,” Congressman Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “Why can’t we get to a four or a five?”
“The greatest challenge of our time,” Representative Ro Khanna of Fremont said, “is the concentration of economic opportunity by geography.”
Mr. Khanna, a 41-year-old patent lawyer, is a first-term congressman from the 17th District of California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. He’s a self-avowed tech junkie who’s drawn support from the industry’s top players.
Yet he’s joked that his district has some of “the biggest egos known to humankind” and he is adamant that Silicon Valley is too exclusive, hardly diverse enough and benefits far too few.
Bringing Silicon Valley principles to federal websites would make it cheaper for agencies to interact with citizens and give people a better outlook on their government, according to one lawmaker.
“You talk to tech leaders and they say the single biggest thing you need to do is make it easy for users to use software, that that’s more important than technology,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said Tuesday in a conversation with reporters. “Why should [Congress] listen to them? Because tech brands are the most popular in the nation.”
Improving user experience on Federal websites so that they rival leading private sector sites requires a better allocation of government resources rather than significant new cash outlays, said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., during a press gathering at Adobe’s Digital Government Symposium in Washington on Tuesday.
Lawmakers want federal websites to serve citizens better and have introduced new legislation that would set minimum standards and look to lower costs through digitization.
Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, Thursday announced the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, or 21st Century IDEA, which would require agencies to modernize their websites, improve customer experience online and encourage citizens to use digital portals rather than relying on paper and in-person interactions.
Washington, DC – Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to improve citizens’ interaction with the federal government online, while reducing the cost of assistance from federal agencies.
Dozens of Silicon Valley executives are scheduled to descend on the White House for a summit meeting Thursday to discuss how artificial intelligence can be used to strengthen the economy.
“I think the big question is ‘what are the new jobs going to look like?’” said Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California’s tech-heavy 17th district.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, wants AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson, to appear before Congress and explain why his company retained the services of Essential Consultants–the law firm of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen–in early 2017 as Trump was preparing to take office.
“I plan to speak to my colleagues on the Energy & Commerce committee to see how we can get the CEO to explain himself to the American people,” Khanna tells Fast Company Wednesday evening.
Congress was off, and in these days of mounting uneasiness over calls for more technology regulation, the representative from Silicon Valley might have had good reason to stick around his district, soothing nerves.
But Ro Khanna had other plans.
He was not on the West Coast, but deep in the mountains of West Virginia, holed up in a remote college laboratory where an unlikely experiment in social change and economic transition was underway. The Stanford scholar-turned-lawmaker looked surprisingly at home in the far-off burg on the doorstep of coal country.