Technology

Technology affects every aspect of our daily lives, from sharing photos on Facebook to cutting-edge research about cures for diseases. Our rights to privacy and free speech on the Internet have never been more important. California has become one of the world’s leaders in technological innovation. Californian senators should be leaders in protecting this innovation and the rights that make it possible, but all too often they have given way to special interests.

  • Defend net neutrality. Net neutrality means that your Internet service provider has to treat all content equally. It can’t refuse to show you some content unless you pay more money or promote content made by the corporation who owns it. This creates an even playing field for both large and small content providers, which is essential for free speech online. We must defend this important right.  

  • Reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions are intended to prevent Internet piracy, but in practice have little effect on piracy while absurdly limiting the things you can do with your own possessions. If you’re allowed to fix or modify your car’s engine, you should be allowed to fix or change your car’s software. The DMCA hurts computer security and other scientific research, jeopardizes fair use, and reduces innovation.

  • Repeal the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, originally introduced by Dianne Feinstein, makes it easy for the government to look at your personal private information, including your location, email attachments, and even private communications. Companies have no liability for sharing this information, even if a hack leads to criminals getting it. The bill goes beyond cybersecurity, allowing the information to be used for protection of trade secrets or even prosecuting whistleblowers. We must defend our privacy from unwarranted government intrusion.

  • Protect encryption. Without secure encryption, you wouldn’t be able to log into Facebook, send an email or buy something online without your passwords, emails, and credit card number falling into the hands of criminals. Senator Feinstein has repeatedly proposed a bill requiring companies to put in an encryption backdoor for use by law enforcement officials. There is no such thing as a backdoor that can only be used by the good guys. Feinstein’s proposed bill is making everyone less safe.