Kamala Harris on Technology

Democratic candidate for President; California Senator


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

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