Fostering Tech Growth & Innovation

Our nation has been responsible for some of the most important technology innovations in the last century.  We must continue to encourage and support the innovation that is at the core of this part of our economy.  By supporting policies and initiatives that create an environment friendly to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the private sector, we will remain the world’s leading innovator.

Fighting for Net Neutrality
In today’s digital age, open and equal access to the internet is not only essential to upholding our democratic principles, it is critical to healthcare, education, employment, and so much more. Tulsi Gabbard strongly supports net neutrality and has co-sponsored legislation like H.R. 196, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2015, which would prohibit multi-tiered pricing agreements between ISPs and content providers. The Internet must continue to be free, open, and equally accessible to all, not just for a privileged few.

“The Internet must continue to be open and equally accessible to all, not just for a privileged few.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Protecting Privacy in the Age of Technology
Over the past three decades, technology and innovation have dramatically redefined the way we live. Yet our laws governing online privacy have stayed stagnant. As a founding member of the recently launched Fourth Amendment Caucus, Tulsi is working to ensure that the Fourth Amendment rights granted to each and every American under our Constitution keep up with the rapid expansion of technology in today’s digital age. She has strongly supported legislation like the Email Privacy Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act to make much needed and long overdue updates to our online privacy laws. 

Promoting STEAM Opportunities 
Science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEM) knowledge and skills are critical to today's competitive, globalized economy. To maximize growth in our economy, we need to strengthen STEAM education programs in our schools, attract the best and brightest to the United States, improve entrepreneurs’ and small business access to capital, and pass smart reforms to our unnecessarily complicated tax system and patent process. As co-chair of the bipartisan Diversifying Tech Caucus, Tulsi is working to ensure those who are underrepresented in the technology sector, like women, minorities and veterans—have the opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills and meet the demands of the 21st century economy.  

 

More on Fostering Tech Growth & Innovation

May 19, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement after the FCC voted to roll back protections on net neutrality: 
 
April 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—In a speech on the House floor today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke out strongly against the FCC’s recent announcement of plans to unravel net neutrality:

Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s speech on the House floor is available here

October 14, 2016 Press Release

Honolulu, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers delivered a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper requesting answers on reports that Yahoo searched users’ private emails at the request of the federal government. The full letter is available here.

July 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced the newly formed Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect the privacy and security of Americans in the digital age.
 
The bipartisan caucus is comprised of twenty-five founding members, thirteen Republicans and twelve Democrats. The members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to protect against warrantless searches and seizures, close privacy violating surveillance loopholes, and champion reform efforts to protect and restore Fourth Amendment rights.

July 7, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below after voting against H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. The legislation is opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), proponents of net neutrality, and many other public interest groups.
 

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