Innovation and Technology

Innovation is the driving force behind a strong and growing economy, and nowhere is that better exemplified than in Silicon Valley, America’s hub of innovation. As a recognized leader and respected voice on technology issues, Zoe advocates strongly for Silicon Valley in Washington, D.C.

Advancing Internet Freedom 

A longtime champion of a free and open Internet, she supports free expression, universal network access, and privacy protection.  Recognizing that technology and Internet services are thriving components of our economy and culture, she is an advocate for multi-stakeholder Internet governance and removing barriers to innovation.

Leadership in the Digital Age

Among her colleagues in Congress, she is valued for her thoughtful insight and the forward-leaning policies she advances to spur the development of new technologies and the growth of America’s economy in the Digital Age.  Zoe was also instrumental in the selection of Silicon Valley for a new regional patent office so startups and inventors can have direct access to the services they need to thrive and innovate. Zoe’s Committee assignments on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee provide strong platforms to advocate for issues that are key to Silicon Valley.

Government Surveillance  

Patent Reform



Net Neutrality

Free Expression

More on Innovation and Technology

May 13, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the below statement today following passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) in the House, and called on additional reforms to end warrantless bulk collection of U.S. persons' data and communications:

"The USA FREEDOM Act makes meaningful reforms to a few of our nation's surveillance programs. I applaud the bill's authors who worked to make sure these improvements were included.

April 21, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions for non-malicious computer and Internet offenses.

March 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers will introduce bipartisan legislation today to allow consumers to permanently unlock their cellphones, tablets, and other electronic communications devices in order to switch carriers.

March 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and a bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill to improve public access to federally-funded research.

The FASTR Act's introduction coincides with "Sunshine Week," a movement to highlight the need for transparency and openness from the federal government.

March 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today to preserve the structural foundation of the Internet, bolster Internet commerce, and protect the free expression and privacy of all Internet users.

February 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) passed new rules to protect net neutrality and an open internet:

"Today's FCC vote is a victory for a free and open internet. More than four million public comments received by the FCC left no doubt the public supports strong net neutrality rules. Today it is apparent the Commission listened to the overwhelming grassroots public sentiment.

February 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement today after Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules to govern broadband service:

"The record breaking number of comments received by the FCC left no doubt that the public supports strong net neutrality rules. I'm pleased Commissioner Wheeler has recognized that public sentiment today and put forward a good plan to use Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.

February 4, 2015 Press Release
The Secure Data Act will protect Americans’ privacy and data security by prohibiting surveillance agencies from requiring or compelling surveillance “backdoors” in products and services.
February 3, 2015 Press Release
Legislation will shed light on the breadth of overreaching government surveillance programs
February 2, 2015 Press Release
Lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation today updating a decades old communications privacy law to better shield Internet users and wireless subscribers from overly broad government surveillance programs.