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tv   Sen. Amy Klobuchar D-MN  CSPAN  January 31, 2018 3:52pm-4:23pm EST

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night at 9 p.m. eastern on c-span2's booktv. >> legislators regulars and tech executives talk about cybersecurity, online advertising, digital innovation and more, all a part of an internet policy conference held earlier this week. the internet education foundation host of the event. >> hello. welcome, everybody. welcome. hello, welcome to everybody. welcome to the 14th annual state of the net conference. thank you all for coming. some of you have been here for 14 years in a row and i really
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appreciate. a lot of your venue for good number of those years and i want to thank you as well. this year has been really an interesting year, not only in national affairs but also in internet policy. it's been a really, really, really interesting, convulsive different year. one of the things -- a lot of things have changed and we are excited. put together a great group of speakers who will be here to talk about a lot of those seismic changes that have happened over the lastte year ad also kind of scope out what we think the issue is going to look like. that's the point of state of the net in january. my name is tim lorton and i'm the executive director of the organization that was founded by jerry's was over here who you are from at lunch or thought of this organization. and founded the concept forza te state of the net and wanted to thank jerry. [applause] >> jerry is a giant in the space and we're happy to have you back. you'll behi entered to congressn
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good luck later in the program so you will hear from him. normally it snows before stateow of the net. were expecting snow tomorrow and i'm thrilled about that and the people that can organize the state of the union can deal with that. but today we had good weather and we're thrilled to have a great lineup of speakers there just was quickly what to thank our sponsors begin see some of them on the screen to read you could include comcast-nbc universal. we also facebook, workday. we have verizon, you know, they will be rotating throughout the day so we want to thinking. we want to think the internet society which is a sponsor but also providing a worldwide live stream for this as well. also thanks to the folks on c-span2 showed up to live stream this is on their channel. we're thrilled to have a lot of people tuning into this. the hash tech todayt if what a joint along the conversation is
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hashtag sotn2018 that we did a walk-through for for the security team from some of the speakers last week at the security, this is is the 14th annual and i suggest. it started 2006. he said what did you talk about an internet policy back in 2006. and had to think, before the iphone, a lot of issues where graphing with today but it's been so much fun to be involved in these issues and so exciting. i get upn everyday and somethig is totally new and scary. i'm thrilled to be a part of it. let's get going. we have an agenda in your bag, so it list everything we have to quit so many keynotes. we will be moving from this room to room upstairs and then back into the show and how to break out and back in this room. so bear with us as we shuffle around. for our first speaker today let me introduce senator amy klobuchar. she is on the senate committee, an interesting room and in a policy.
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she is rising at first tackling some of the toughest issues we deal with internet policy democracy and we are thrilled to have her with us today. she's a sponsor of the honest as act in the united states senate and again she's a leader on these issues and we expect to do a lot more from her. let me welcome to the stagelo senator amy klobuchar. [applause] >> thank you, everyone. i heard the discussion of the weather and when you from minnesota your ears, you get going. i will note that about a month 38 below zero without windchill. in minnesota. a few years ago it was colder in minnesota that was on mars for one day. you can google google it. it happened. the range rover was in a warm part of mars and we scored colder, not all those people are coming for the super bowl next weekend. i talked to someone from her our staff in minnesota and i go,
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we're already, come were goingm do the dogsledding, going to do the ski thing, you all this picky set sender to come is going to be a little cold. so watch out for this. so i am very excited to speak here, and you know that tomorrow night we're going to hear the state of the union, but i'm just as excited to get my first state of the net. and i think there will be a few differences in our speeches so i'm very excited to be on c-span3. so we won't try to compete in that way. but i also think there may be some differences in terms of some of the focuses that i have and i think we need to be talking about as a country. i want to thank the internet education foundation and all the groups that have made this really important conference possible. while i'm not focusing on these issues in my speech, , i was asd to talk about some of our security issues. there are major issues of net
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neutrality that we are dealing with right now, and there are also big issues with broadband. i in a state that has a lot of rural areas and i'm one of the founders of our world broadband caucus in the syndicate we even have our own logo that's very unique in the senate. we've got a good bipartisan group, and i was just what we were not able to take some of that overseas money and put it into infrastructure which would've includedou world broadband and all broadband, but we will live to fight another day. i think between the universal ul service fund and some of the other ways we can find funding, we really have to up our game got farmers that are doing the business in the mcdonald's parking lot at my favorite story recently was an oncologist who goes to a parking lot of the restaurant when he can't get to the hospital to do his work for his patients. so we need to see some
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improvement. i will say in addition to being called, my state initially focus on technology. we are the state that brought the world everything from a pop-up toaster to the pacemaker. we invented the black box flight recorder, and even the first supercomputer. so i would say hashtag you're welcome. and so we do a lot of things in the midwest that don't always get recognize in the text area. that's continue to be a major part of our economy. we have 17 fortune 500 companies. we have have a lot of small thriving businesses which is a big part of it as well. so in that way the internet has been really important to me. the reason i got involved in some of this, i'd say there's a few reasons that i did. the first is that i am a daughter of a reporter. my dad spent his whole career, he's now 90, or will be 90 next
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month, i started with the ap, and he actually in 1960 was in one that called the race for kennedy. there were three states out, eleanor, minnesota and california and he knew how northern minnesota, my relatives were all iron range iron ore miners would vote and he called it in the guy from the ap says i have three words, to which for you guys in minnesota, be right. and they were. .. famous coach to ronald reagan, so that is deep and mighty roots of the free press and information so that is what brings me to this issue at my core. so that's her bring me to this issue at my core. i spent eight years have delayed prosecutor in hennepin county which is about a quarter of our state's population and i did a
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lot with white collar and making sure that we have an even playing field when it came to criminal enforcement and i say that not to scare everyone, but more to make the case that i would look at things that it didn't matter someone committed a crime with a crowbar or they committed a crime with a computer. it is still a crime and our allies have to be as sophisticated as those that are breakingis them, which of course applies to everything from intellectual property theft to what we are seeing across the world right now with the interference in our election. the third way i come at this election is this issue when i was thinking about this in the car on the way over is that i campaign. i hadad run for office and most importantly i ran for office from a position of not having personal wealth. and so in my first race for this county attorney job, which is the chief prosecutor i was
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outspent three to one, something like god, florida one. i remembered i could only run on tivo, so i remember the daily election in my apartment was running on network on that way, before they run a computer as good as the first candidate ever to put an ad on the newspaper website. big deal at the time. and so, we were looking at ways that were achieved. i was on cable in the sky called in and i was running against the congressman sister, republican congressman sister and the guy called into the radio stations. thatad amy klobuchar has add-ons constantly. and she said you just listen to espn because i had like black-and-white ads on one thing so i knew what that was like and i ended up winning by less than i think nine votes per precinct
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in this county, which was two congressional districts than i did it not only that way, by putting up 3000, dean in 29 pervades and doing 85:00 p.m. kate breakfast lives. if i'd done done 70 i would've lost. i bring this up coming there's a reason for this. i have a firm belief in grassroots politics and an even playing field in iran for sending it is even more pronounced because i was running sitting congressman for the u.s. senate and i had never raised more than $500 per person. i suddenly was calling everyone and no one would return my calls because they couldn't say my name, didn't know who i was and it's a very true story and i use my own personal rolodex. remember and i called everyone i ever knew in my life and this is a true story. record.have the every $17,000 from
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ex-boyfriends. nsaa has been as pointed out, it is not an expanding base. [laughter] so why t does this matter? it matters because i'm obsessed with having fairness in campaigns. i hated the citizens united decision. that's why i don't like all this dark money behind the scenes. i wanted to have transparency in the final reason i get to what i want to talk about and why i have such a passion for this is a cousin from minnesota and we have the highest voting turnout inrn the country and we tend to really like fairness and transparency. some of it is our scandinavian tradition. and so, when you see this kind of shenanigans, a minnesota nice word for basically fraud and criminal activity influencing elections, you have a real problem on your hands. if you want to guarantee the
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right for a free election, we are going to have to do something about this. i put it into problems. one i will focus on today, but the first days the election infrastructure and senator langford and i have a bill along with senator pamela harris and lindsey graham which is focused on putting $400 million we found a way to pay for with leftover grant money and infrastructure. you look at how much money that is. 3% of one aircraft carrier. and so, when we are spending this much money in our national defense, the fact that we are being out and am now done on the internet when it comes to protecting our democracy in this greatest country that has developed all of these incredible technologies in the internet itself, that is a problem and that is why i think it's a look at on national security priorities and
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protecting our elections, we have to start seeing our election infrastructure is a major part of that. what is happening, according to her department of homeland security, russians attempted to hack at least 21 state election in 2016. russia also launch cyberattacks against the u.s. voting software company and hacks thef e-mails f more than 100 local election officials. last september, chicago board of elections reported the names, addresses, earth-based and other sensitive information of tens of thousands of registered voters werere exposed. but they didn't just try to hack into our election system as you all know. they also launched an extended on sophisticated information designed to divide our country and destroy america's confidence in our political system. sort of as a perfect round as
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they go into this year, which for me has been a rather tumultuous year by the way, almost exactly a year ago when the natural stage i was hurt place as the most famous slovenian and america by melania trump picture is actually actually born an hour away from where my relatives are from in slovenia. every time i looked at her it's like looking in the mirror. [laughter] but in addition to that in that year, my actual ended the year 2016 was spent with john mccain, a very difficult situation, with john and lindsey graham on the frontline with the ukrainian troops in the middle of the night and the years eve, which would be a case, there we were in the visited lithuania, lot yet in georgia and you are the stories of what these
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countries have been dealing with for years. democrats on the foreign relations committee pretty reported madness which is no surprise based on what we heard. they seen this movie before. they get mad at estonia, russia does. they getting a big thing over it and so they cut off their internet simply because they move a statue of a russian soldier from a public square into a cemetery. when they are having their 25th anniversary and so they invite the ukrainian parliamentarians who are worse in exile from crimea. they invite them to the celebration of the parliamentarians from that country. this stuff has been going on for a long time. the influence of the election. that's an example i had was we heard directly w in munich a few
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months later from the norwegian prime minister told us directly that the russians had been mad at norway because they were building up their military said they been running some fake ad and norway's economy was completelyly tanking and that ty were running out of fruits and vegetables in the entire country of norway. as a result, all these russians who had seen it on their own russian tv were coming and arriving in norway to see their friends and relatives with bags and bags of fruits and vegetables. i loveag that story because it's not just a political intrigue story. it can hit people directly as they triedit to wonders and with the fake news is really about. in the u.s., i go back to the story and i remember the time with the blizzard coming at us as we stand there with president poroshenko to show our american might to the russians into pruden directly in the sky
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machine guns he gets to mccain. he gave lindsey a pistol in the two daggers, but that's all another story. we had to stand up to show our american made because we are protecting our internet. we are a beacon of democracy because we have a free and fair election and we know how to handle this. what we have learned sense is we know how to handlele it. it was not just the hacking which we have since learned which took way too long to tell our state election officials about, but also the very essence about the political campaign. do you have an even playing field? there's all this dark money going on but at least when you put ads out you have to have disclaimers, disclosures. what we find out when we find out russia spent at least $100,000 in rubles on facebook as to influence the 2016 election. we know that the disinformation
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have reached more than 126 million americans. we know that russia has the factory that employs nearly 1000 agents come in many whom worked hour shifts and are due to make hundreds of comments on social media that are intentionally divisive all of the bankrolled by president putin.nt so we know that there's a lot of fake stuff out there in america, right? fake wrestling, fake storylines on tv. we can deal with some of those fake things, but when you've got people in our state who don't know that they are fake things come about as a whole another thing dealing with a political act like the ones we show at the judiciary hearing that actually directed people to text their votes in. that happened in america. we have those apps that are put out on social media over and over again that they don't do
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what the lines. just texting your vote for hillary. here is the texting number. that is criminal. that is criminal if we could have caught the people that did that because that is a direct interference with the election. former director of national intelligence james clapper testified last year that russia will continue to interfere in our political system. he says i believe russia is now emboldened to continue such activities in the future both here and around the world and to do it even more intensely. so the next election is 281 days away from today and that is why james langford and i working so hard to try to get the funding out there and that is the first bill i want to mention to you guys. 386 million for election security. it also requires information to produce election officials said
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that there were certain people in each state that would have the security clearance so they could receive that information. you know the issue about the 21 states? my state didn't find out till they went public that they tried to hack into the state. we didn't know what appeared in the case of illinois, and they got right voter security. we have support for this bill from the freedom caucus. and the house, mark meadows is carrying aou similar version. the identical bill to one i've done with lindsey that is a little bit different than the one that senator langford and i have been both of those bills are aimed at this because they are concerned on the left and the right that if you have a hack somewhere when you have dozens and dozens of states that haven't updated their election infrastructure equipment in the past decade, you think russia doesn't know that? they do know that so i'm not
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disclosing 10 secret. when you have that going on in something like 10 or 12 states that don't even have that cup paper ballots, so there's no way to audit itlo afterwards. the bill gates money out to the states come and make sure the information is shared from homeland security and the everything is auditing, so something does go wrong you have a way to prove that. minnesota is recounts in very close elections in the way you do that of course when you're trying to check out a close election or a pair of been some kind of fraud is by having the backup paper ballots. those are the components of the bill at a democratic ticket on. secondly and this is the honest bill that i wasnd mentioning he. we had some kind of well known keyrings that went on on this and the facts that we do know or 124 billion was spent on online ads in 2016.
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nearly eight times the amount that was spent in 2012. everyone agrees the trend will continue whetherhe it's a 23 billion, 4 billion, we don't knowon that in 2018, that those are the projections we are seeing, a lot of migration of campaign money over to the social mediaia side. a pew poll found that 65% of americans use the internet in 2016 for election related information, online platforms are dwarfing broadcast satellite and cable, the largest platform has over 210 million american users, the largest cable provider in 22 million subscribers. so that is why when we look at our election laws they were all designedsi back at the time whee it was printed that was radio and tv. so that is why we want to upgrade them. that is t what the honest answer
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is about with senator mccain and senator warner. to me it is simplyat creating ts field and sending a message to not just russia but to all of these countries across the world that we see this as a priority for national security which is protecting our long-standing freedom. this is not like sharing a cab video for snl skit with your coworker. these are actual paid political ads. they won't get it all her problems. doesn't get at some of the issues i just talked about some of the other things, but it will at least get some of the problems and that is the paid political ads. so that is why i asked you look at this bill. another facebook, twitter, google is taking some measures which we appreciate to upgrade theirhe policies and to call ths
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out as a problem from back in the last election. the only way you'll make this work is if you apply this across the board. another company taking this measure. i ask with some of the companies the cheering said this would be difficult for us to follow baseball says no for print radio and tv. it's as if you have a candidate ad, which some of the providers have said that they will put disclosures on or if you have an ad of national legislative importance, then you have or have the disclaimer prepared and paid for by amy klobuchar, but you also have to have the disclosure. so that means the candidate's opponents are going to see with their ads are for one day for an hour and then go away so no one ever knows they existed.
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the unfairly travelers that will be hard for us to figure what those ads are good my radio station in river falls, minnesota can figure out they have to keep them in a file or put it online and i believe the greatest countries in america should be able to figure out just like a radio station does, just that the minneapolis "star tribune" does, just like the network tvs stuart cable tv. they are able to figure out what those ads are. get a lawyer's opinion and may know what the outsider. that is the same thing we have to do for paid political ads on the internet. it is one step towards protecting our election and i am just hopeful that people will see the light hearing will be able to get it done. i will close with a reminder of what is at stake and why we can't wait to act. in 1923, many years before the internet permit even before
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sputnik and our race with russia to space, joseph stalin and general secretary of the communists was asked about a vote to the central committee of the party. stalin was unconcerned about the vote. after all, he explained who voted was completely unimportant. what was extraordinarily important he said was too would count the votes and how. it is now 95 years later and sometimes it seems like we are back at square one and now we have the russians again trying to, in my mind come influence who goes by suppressing votes, putting these ads out and also possibly who counts the votes as in our voting infrastructure. we literally have been trained to attack us on both ends. and we know they are not our only threat throughout the 21st century. our adversaries will continue to
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use cyberwarfare and we need to be prepared to defend their networks against these threats no matter where they come from. nothing than they really make this case strongly despite everything you hear. nothing could be less partisan in securing the future of our elections and the freedom of those elections preserve. it was marco rubio who said during this last election, after one party in one candidate and the next time will be the other candidate and the other party. i kind of like quoting stalin and then quoting marco rubio. i thought you would enjoy that. so, whether you are a force or general, fourth grader or aa computer engineer, this is an issue that unites all of us because protecting our democracy and allowing technology to flourish go hand-in-hand. the freedoms they come in freedom to vote, participate
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freely as intertwined, not just to we are as i americans, the daughter of a newspaper reporter, it is also about how our economy works and how we innovate in how we move forward as a nation. this will be the true measure of the state of the internet.t. this year and the years to come. to make sure whether it's availableil to all, but also whether it continues to enhance our freedom and not limit our freedoms. so that is what i hope you think about as you hear all the presentations today, that the internet as it has done so well for so long should be used for truth. it should be used to shine a light and it should be used to ensure that the american people get more information, accurate information to choose their leaders on their government and their own future.
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thank you very much. enjoy the event and i appreciate being able to launch you off today. thank you. [applause] [applause] >> hello, everyone. it is my pleasure and privilege to be appear at the internet education 14th annual state conference. my name is every round, fellow at the internet boundary county framework for early career professionalss that was started by the idf as their parent organization and i am here to interview -- and you're in the other room next to c-span will be pulling out panelist throughout the day, talking about what is the mosthe importt issues facing the state of the net. i hope to speak with as many of you as possible.


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