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

March 15, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) released the following statement today on the 2013 James Madison Award honoree, the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz. Rep. Lofgren, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was honored last year with the 2012 James Madison Award for her efforts against the Stop Online Piracy Act, and for her efforts to increase public access to federal research:

February 15, 2013 Press Release

Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) have introduced legislation, H.R. 637, The Preserving American Privacy Act, to establish due process protections for Americans against government-operated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in U.S. airspace. The bipartisan legislation would also forbid law enforcement and private UAS from being armed with firearms or explosives while operating within U.S. airspace.

February 14, 2013 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Kevin Yoder (R-KS) today introduced legislation to increase the openness, transparency, and accessibility of publicly funded research results.

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

February 13, 2013 Press Release

Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $3.39 million in grant funding to the Mineta National Transportation Research Consortium (MNTRC), a San Jose State University-led consortium engaged in advancing public transportation research, education, workforce development and technology transfers. This is the second year the consortium is receiving the funding, having been awarded an initial $3.49 million in grant funding last January to find real world solutions to transit challenges.

January 3, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), senior Member of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, released the following statements today regarding the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust settlement with Google:

"I'm pleased the FTC chose to complete its investigation of Google's search practices with an enforceable agreement to protect consumers without impermissibly expanding the jurisdictional reach of the FTC," said Rep. Lofgren.