We are excited to announce that Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), will participate in a keynote conversation with Tech:NYC’s Executive Director Julie Samuels at State of the Net on January 23 during our morning keynote session.
The keynote conversation will cover a variety challenges we currently face, both nationally and globally, in the areas of STEM education, encryption, surveillance and privacy among others.
About Representative DelBene:
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District.
In 2017 DelBene joined the House Ways and Means Committee, which will be at the forefront of debate on taxes, healthcare and retirement security in the new Congress.
In the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene serves on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, which handles the administration of the U.S. courts, as well as oversight over information technology and copyright, patent and trademark law. Her second Judiciary assignment is the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, which tackles bankruptcy law, state taxation affecting interstate commerce and antitrust matters.
Through her role on the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene is at the forefront of issues relating to technology and privacy, and has become a leading voice in the House calling for greater transparency and oversight of the NSA to restore American’s privacy rights, which passed.
In addition she also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Job Skills Working Group, and co-chair of the Women’s High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, and Trademark Caucus.
Finally, DelBene hosted the Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. The winning app in her district (WA-1) was Code Carbon.