Technology

Closing the digital divide will continue to be a top priority of mine in the Senate. You can’t have 21st century healthcare, 21st century education, or a 21st century economy without 21st century internet that can be accessed by Tennesseans in the rural countryside as well as big cities and towns. Additionally, as more of our business is conducted online, consumers are realizing how much data companies have compiled regarding their habits and preferences. I agree with Tennesseans who demand their privacy be protected in an internet ecosystem where everybody is playing by the same set of rules. As a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation; Judiciary; and Armed Services Committees, I will have the opportunity to be in the center of the major technology policy debates taking place in the United States Senate for years to come.

Blackburn to DOJ: Google Poses a Threat to Free & Fair Press in America

Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn urged Attorney General Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to “thoroughly scrutinize how [Google’s] anticompetitive practices could lead to the crippling of journalistic freedom. I also ask that your probe examine abuses in both the online advertising and online search markets, and to take enforcement action swiftly before further economic harm results.”

This morning, Senator Blackburn discussed with Fox News’ Sandra Smith on America’s Newsroom: 

“We are...

Blackburn, McCaul Statement on OTF Firings, Organization's Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Republican Leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the termination of Laura Cunningham, President of the Open Technology Fund (OTF), and the OTF Board of Directors. Senator Blackburn and Rep. McCaul were the Republican authors of the Open Technology Fund Authorization Act. 


“As the lead Republican...

Blackburn Announces Grant to Expand Broadband Access Between Memphis and Nashville

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) announced that ten counties in West and Middle Tennessee would receive an $11.2 million grant through the Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program. The grant, the direct result of a request made by Senator Blackburn earlier this year, will fund approximately 143 miles of fiber optic communications on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville.

“This funding will give Tennesseans in ten counties access to...

Blackburn, Menendez Lead Effort to Protect Free Speech Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have introduced the Open Technology Fund Authorization Act to expand the U.S. government’s support for internet freedom by addressing authoritarian regimes’ escalating efforts to censor, restrict, and surveil the internet. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are original cosponsors.

Repressive censorship and surveillance have become global phenomena, threatening the universal human rights of free...

Blackburn & Bipartisan Senators to FCC: Tackle Rural Broadband Prior to 5G Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to take proper precautions to ensure that the 5G fund realizes its potential without expanding the digital divide.

“While 5G implementation is vital to our continued growth and prosperity, we must remain cognizant of the fact that 23% of rural Tennessee...

Blackburn, Cortez Masto Introduce END Child Exploitation Act

Bill extends evidence preservation time in online child exploitation cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Tech Task Force, and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Eliminate Network Distribution of Child Exploitation Act to lengthen evidence preservation time in online child exploitation cases and to assist law enforcement in prosecuting these crimes. Technology platforms like Facebook and Tumblr will...

Blackburn Discusses TikTok’s Policy Change, Data Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke with Bloomberg Technology to discuss her concerns regarding youth use of TikTok, as well as her questions at today’s Senate Commerce hearing on “Examining Legislative Proposals to Protect Consumer Data Privacy,”

On TikTok’s Decision to Raise the Minimum Age for In-App Purchases“

I am pleased that they have changed the age. That is an important first step. Having these children streaming these videos, buying these emojis...

Blackburn, Grassley, Colleagues Work to Improve Transparency and Accountability for U.S. Olympics’ Abuse Review Arm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in introducing legislation to ensure the proper use of resources designated for investigating abuses of Olympic and amateur athletes. The Stopping Abuse from Entering Sports, Promoting Oversight, Responsibility and Transparency (SAFESPORT) Act is cosponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). Much of the legislation was included...

Blackburn to TikTok: You Are China’s Best Detective

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told TikTok it must put an end to Chinese-linked efforts to collect data from American children in a letter to Alex Zhu of TikTok Inc. Senator Blackburn leads the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Tech Task Force.

“TikTok is China’s best detective—surreptitiously collecting and sharing user data, tracking American tweens and teenagers, and manipulating children’s online purchases,” Senator Blackburn writes in the letter. “Children are...

Blackburn Joins Thune on Bipartisan Bill to Increase Internet Platform Transparency & Provide Consumers With Greater Control Over Digital Content

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over the internet and consumer protection, and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today to introduce the Filter Bubble Transparency Act.

The bill would require large-scale internet platforms that collect data from more than one million users and gross more than...