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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

RELEASE: Rep. Ro Khanna Invites President of France to Silicon Valley

June 14, 2017
Press Release
Conversation offered with tech leaders on issues of social media and terrorism and digital economy

Washington, DC – In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) invited him to visit Silicon Valley to meet with U.S. tech leaders and congratulated the president his recent election win. This invitation follows one to British Prime Minister Theresa May, inviting her to visit Silicon Valley in an effort to find solutions between governments and tech companies to fight online terrorism while respecting the freedom of speech.

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California in Silicon Valley, which is the home of global technology companies including Apple and Google.

Both President Macron and Rep. Khanna share the understanding of how important it is to give all individuals a chance to participate in and advance with the digital economy.

In his letter to the French president, Rep. Khanna highlighted Macron’s call to bring universal internet access to France, increase skills training, and provide technology job opportunities, as well as the president’s thoughtfulness on the effects that automation and artificial intelligence.

“I hope President Macron welcomes my invitation to visit Silicon Valley to further the discussion of how tech companies and governments can work together to create global economic opportunity for all,” said Rep. Ro Khanna.

Of simultaneous interest was the French President’s call for tech companies to expand their efforts to fight the threat of terrorism on their platforms. Rep. Khanna noted some of the steps taken by leading tech companies to reduce the reach of extremist groups online, such as the partnership between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft to create an online database to share the digital fingerprint of terrorist content online and expedite its removal.

Read the letter from Rep. Khanna to President Macron here.