My Fourth of July Present to you: the geeky Congresswoman

Get in a patriotic mood by listening to our conversation with Zoe Lofgren, the world’s geekiest politician (she’s a Congresswoman from Silicon Valley). This is part of our trip to Washington DC.

“We’re boring,” she said, when I noted that Andrew Feinberg chastized me and other tech bloggers for not going to Washington DC more often (Andrew runs the Capitol Valley blog and setup these interviews for me).

After that bit of joking around we got into broadband policy, network neutrality, immigration policy, R&D incentives, and she tells us what geeks should pay attention to in the political world of Washington DC.

Enjoy, and enjoy the Fourth of July with your families. For those of you who aren’t Americans, see ya on Saturday.

Some notable things she said: “it’s ridiculous,” she said, that we’re increasing our prosecution of nannies and decreasing our prosecution of organized crime.

She advocated for a chief technology officer and decried that there are still lots of pieces of the government that are still working on paper.

Regarding advertising, she admitted that the technology is moving faster than Congress can move.

Thank you to Seagate, producers of great storage devices, for sponsoring this show, which makes it possible for us to bring stuff like this to you.

Comments

  1. Robert,

    To be fair I have in the past maybe said some negative things about your shows and really I think that I must have been more affected by your Qik videos when I was making those statements. I say that because I have just spent the evening on and off going through your archive of Scobleizer TV and I have enjoyed very much what I have watched which includes the Geeky Congresswoman.

    I’ll still call you out if I think you are doing something wrong but in this case I will say I was partially wrong in my comments. Keep up the good work and from this point on you have a new viewer for you videos.

  2. Robert,

    To be fair I have in the past maybe said some negative things about your shows and really I think that I must have been more affected by your Qik videos when I was making those statements. I say that because I have just spent the evening on and off going through your archive of Scobleizer TV and I have enjoyed very much what I have watched which includes the Geeky Congresswoman.

    I’ll still call you out if I think you are doing something wrong but in this case I will say I was partially wrong in my comments. Keep up the good work and from this point on you have a new viewer for you videos.

  3. Lemme guess…Lofgren is a Socialis….er….I mean Democrat?
    What possible reason would there be to increase govt inefficiency by having a CTO. Her comment about nannies vs. organized crime oversimplifies the issue to the ridiculous extreme. That interview didn’t make me feel patriotic. It made me feel ashamed there are voters in this country that elected her.

  4. Lemme guess…Lofgren is a Socialis….er….I mean Democrat?
    What possible reason would there be to increase govt inefficiency by having a CTO. Her comment about nannies vs. organized crime oversimplifies the issue to the ridiculous extreme. That interview didn’t make me feel patriotic. It made me feel ashamed there are voters in this country that elected her.

  5. I find this often the case among my many liberal friends (many of whom are associated with technology in some way while not being all that knowledgeable about “how it all works”)… they point out all the stupidities of government and how inept it is, while advocating even more government intervention in our lives. Shouldn’t that apparent contradiction pique the interest of a journalist?

    “Can’t do this because of the Republicans, can’t do that while Bush is in office.”

    Which party’s state Attorney General just caused three major ISPs to end access to Internet Newsgroups over the potential use for child pornography? That’s exactly the sort of thing she was referring to but it was her own party doing it. These issues transcend party lines in a big way and I’m afraid the Ds are having some success in getting techies (they already have most of the media) cooking the story to get them back in power. How short a memory do you have? You weren’t tuned in while Whitehouse e-mail was mishandled during the Clinton administration? How about he security fiascoes that took place back before Republicans took the House and Senate in the 90s?

    Simply electing someone who “likes gadgets” is no guarantee that technology issues will be solved in such a way that our freedoms are not curtailed in the process. In fact a mere passing knowledge of such things could lead to more trouble than we would have with a tech ignoramus who has a fundamental devotion to liberty.

    Please don’t play lap-dog to these people (even if you think you agree with them). Do your homework.

  6. I find this often the case among my many liberal friends (many of whom are associated with technology in some way while not being all that knowledgeable about “how it all works”)… they point out all the stupidities of government and how inept it is, while advocating even more government intervention in our lives. Shouldn’t that apparent contradiction pique the interest of a journalist?

    “Can’t do this because of the Republicans, can’t do that while Bush is in office.”

    Which party’s state Attorney General just caused three major ISPs to end access to Internet Newsgroups over the potential use for child pornography? That’s exactly the sort of thing she was referring to but it was her own party doing it. These issues transcend party lines in a big way and I’m afraid the Ds are having some success in getting techies (they already have most of the media) cooking the story to get them back in power. How short a memory do you have? You weren’t tuned in while Whitehouse e-mail was mishandled during the Clinton administration? How about he security fiascoes that took place back before Republicans took the House and Senate in the 90s?

    Simply electing someone who “likes gadgets” is no guarantee that technology issues will be solved in such a way that our freedoms are not curtailed in the process. In fact a mere passing knowledge of such things could lead to more trouble than we would have with a tech ignoramus who has a fundamental devotion to liberty.

    Please don’t play lap-dog to these people (even if you think you agree with them). Do your homework.

  7. Very nice, and good to hear someone in Congress likes gadgets! I was beginning to lose faith but it appears there’s a wake up call going on all over, and including the FDA who someone reported 6 months ago had researchers still writing out studies longhand on paper, and I thought that
    was perhaps a good place for some “Classmates” from Intel a short while back:)

    Good points made on security too and where the servers are. That is huge and it’s open territory I agree in so many ways as how do you regulate other than hoping you are dealing with the “good and honest” folks out there, and yes they are there, but so are the others and at a distance it’s hard to distinguish sometimes. Put the video up over at the blog for the healthcare folks to see as well.

  8. Very nice, and good to hear someone in Congress likes gadgets! I was beginning to lose faith but it appears there’s a wake up call going on all over, and including the FDA who someone reported 6 months ago had researchers still writing out studies longhand on paper, and I thought that
    was perhaps a good place for some “Classmates” from Intel a short while back:)

    Good points made on security too and where the servers are. That is huge and it’s open territory I agree in so many ways as how do you regulate other than hoping you are dealing with the “good and honest” folks out there, and yes they are there, but so are the others and at a distance it’s hard to distinguish sometimes. Put the video up over at the blog for the healthcare folks to see as well.