Kamala Harris on Technology
Democratic candidate for President (withdrawn); California Senator
Same rules for everyone; Twitter should shut down Trump
We're talking about a grave injustice when rules apply to some but not equally to all. In particular when the rules that apply to the powerless don't apply to the powerful. Senator Warren, when I called on Twitter to suspend Donald Trump's account that
you did not agree. I would urge you to join me because Donald Trump is using that platform as the president of the United States to openly intimidate witnesses, to threaten witnesses, to obstruct justice. He and his account should be taken
Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate
, Oct 15, 2019
All electric cars and school buses by 2045
Q: At a rally in Atlanta earlier this year you said, "Without much change to your lifestyle we could confront climate change." Is that realistic that as regular Americans we don't have to make many sacrifices?
HARRIS: I'm not saying there won't be
any change but part of my perspective on this is I've actually seen what's possible when leaders lead. I've seen how in California we put in place some of the toughest, smartest laws and required changes in behavior and we saw outcomes.
And I don't think anybody who has lived in California over all those years would say there was any drastic change to their lifestyle. Yes, they may say "well, I'm now driving a car that I can't really hear sometimes." You know, that Prius, right?
Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats)
, Sep 4, 2019
We're very vulnerable to cyber threats
The previous head of the Department of Homeland Security designated our elections infrastructure as critical infrastructure of the United States. As critical as our electrical grids, as critical as our financial, right? And it has been attacked.
We have got to do a better job of securing our infrastructure as it relates to our power grids, as it relates to what is going on in terms of our medical systems, what is going on in terms of our financial systems. We're very vulnerable to cyber threats.
Source: Meet the Press interview for Democratic 2020 Veepstakes
, Aug 11, 2019
Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure
Cyberattacks can take a number of forms, but usually to our critical infrastructure. We are vulnerable in terms of our electrical grids, in terms of the systems that hold together our financial systems, our medical care systems. We have got to pay
greater attention. I have a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen states' election systems to prevent the next attack. The leader in the Senate will not put it on the floor for a vote. As president that will be one of my number-one issues.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back
, Apr 22, 2019
Improve transportation infrastructure in rural communities
The California senator said she's committed to shoring up rural communities, a message the Democratic presidential hopeful shared with voters in some of the most sparsely populated parts of the early voting state of South Carolina.
Harris told a crowd of several hundred gathered in tiny
St. George that a national infrastructure of crumbling roads and bridges makes it difficult for people in communities like this one to get to their jobs, which may be miles and miles away.
Harris also said she wants to make changes to rural hospital funding, tweaks that she hopes will lead fewer health care facilities in such areas to close.
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2019 SXSW conference
, Mar 9, 2019
Secure Elections Act: prevent foreign interference
Given Russia's unprecedented effort to undermine confidence in our election system. There's no question that the Kremlin is emboldened--to try again.
James Lankford and I were the only members of the Senate who served on both the Homeland Security and
Intelligence Committees. As such, we were uniquely suited to come together in a nonpartisan way to develop legislation to combat these attacks. At the end of December 2017, we introduced the Secure Elections Act, to protect the U.S. from future foreign
interference in our elections.
The legislation would establish clear expert guidelines for securing election systems--including, for example, the need for paper ballots. Russia might be able to hack a machine from afar, but it can't hack a piece of
paper. And it would provide $386 million in grants for cybersecurity improvements. It would also establish what's known as a bug bounty program for election infrastructure--where hackers are paid for identifying software vulnerabilities.
Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p.238-9
, Jan 8, 2019
Cyber doctrine: when is a cyberattack an act of war?
In a world where tech can be weaponized, we need to deploy the very best technology in order to respond. And that means constantly upgrading our efforts so that we are always a step ahead.
We need to invest in the innovations and breakthroughs that
we'll need in order to stay protected down the line. That's one of the reasons I've put forward a bill to invest in quantum computing, a frontier technology that would put the U.S. at the forefront of the race for technological superiority. Our pursuit
of innovation cannot be viewed from an economic lens alone. It matters to national security, too. It's also one of the reasons I believe we must be a country that welcomes highly skilled students and professionals from around the world to study at our
universities and work at our companies.
Ultimately, I believe we are going to need to develop a cyber doctrine. As a matter of principle, we will have to decide when and whether a cyberattack is an act of war, and what kind of response it warrants.
Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p.242-3
, Jan 8, 2019
Update water infrastructure based on Israeli model
I think a lot about water security. A diversified approach would work on multiple fronts simultaneously. Conservation is the cheapest, most effective way to increase our water resources. But we also need to update our aging water infrastructure,
improve our storm water capture and storage capacity, and make smart investments in water recycling, purification, and desalinization.
There's a lot we can learn from friends and partners who have already made such investments--especially Israel, a
global leader on water security issues. In 2018, I travelled to Israel and toured its Sorek desalination plant, which uses reverse osmosis to produce clean drinking water from the sea. I had a glass. It tasted as good as any water I've ever had.
And that's not all. As many have said, the Israelis have made the desert bloom. They've done so in part by successfully reclaiming 86% of their wastewater and purifying it for agricultural reuse. By contrast, the United States, reclaims only 7% to 8%.
Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p.246
, Jan 8, 2019
Smartphone videos force police brutality to be seen
Police brutality occurs in America. With the advent of the smartphone, what was well known only to certain communities is now being seen by the world. People can no longer pretend it isn't happening. It cannot be ignored or denied when we see video.
And we must remember that tragedies occur over and over again, most of them unfilmed and unseen. If people fear murder and beatings and harassment from the police who patrol their very streets, can we really say that we live in a free society?
Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p. 71-2
, Jan 8, 2019
Warns mobile app companies to protect privacy or face fines
Harris has started to warn scores of companies that their mobile applications or "apps" violate California privacy law and could face fines of up to $2,500 each time one is downloaded. Harris announced an agreement with the apps platforms that
Source: Consumer Watchdog blog on 2019 Democratic Primary
, Jul 2, 2013
Unit to prevent misuse of technology to invade privacy
On privacy: "The Privacy Unit will police the privacy practices of individuals and organizations to hold accountable those who misuse technology to invade the privacy of others," according to Harris. The Department's press release explained, "The
Privacy Unit's mission to enforce and protect privacy is broad. It will enforce laws regulating the collection, retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government.
Source: Marketing Research blog on 2019 Democratic Primary
, Jul 23, 2012
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