Ro Khanna to Draft Internet Bill of Rights
After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergtestified before Congress over the Cambridge Analytica data leak, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) -- who represents Silicon Valley -- said that witnessing how some of his colleagues did not even know certain basic internet concepts compelled him to act. Since then, the Congressman has been tapped by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to draft the Internet Bill of Rights. We’re not exactly sure what that is or what it will look like. However, Khanna has long proposed such a measure to give Internet users clarity over the data they share as they click through Facebook photos or shop on Amazon. “Technology is still the most popular industry in this country,” said Khanna. “This bill will help reclaim the public’s trust.” Only eight years older than Zuckerberg, Khanna has been called “Silicon Valley's ambassador to Middle America.” His district is home to Apple, Intel, Yahoo, Tesla, and others. Alphabet, with its Googleplex, is one district over, as is Facebook. Since arriving at Congress in 2017, Khanna has repeatedly preached about the need for an Internet Bill of Rights to clearly outline what rights Americans have on the internet. He has demanded rights for Americans like the right to access their own private data, delete their data off the internet, and to have universal access to a neutral internet, among others. Khanna said there is no set date when the Internet Bill of Rights would be drafted. But he plans to seek ideas from the Silicon Valley giants who are his constituents. More here.