Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Communications and Technology

Technology is constantly changing the way we interact with each other. With constant technological innovation, it is imperative that legislation continues to support and protect the needs of consumers. I am pleased to be representing Indiana, an emerging tech hub, as a member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where telecommunications, electronic communications, emergency and public safety communications and cybersecurity issues are top legislative priorities. The subcommittee also focuses on issues involving the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Office of Emergency Communications in the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to my work on the Committee, I am an advocate for computer science and STEM education. In today’s knowledge-based economy, it is more important than ever to ensure our education system aligns with the demands of the 21st century workforce. I firmly believe that we must both empower and equip local and state administrators to put computer science curriculum and teachers in our schools and to prepare our students to enter the 21st century workforce. I’m proud to be a part of the Innovation Initiative in the House, to serve as co-chair of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, and to be a member of the Makers Caucus and the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Caucus.

To watch a speech I gave at the Innovation Initiative Forum about the importance of preparing students of all ages for the jobs of tomorrow, click here.

To read an op-ed I wrote about the role social media plays in our national security, click here

More on Communications and Technology

Jul 24, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2017 – Even though People are now streaming emergencies on Facebook, but there is not yet a way to stream videos to 911, said Patrick Halley, executive director of the NG911 Institute, on Capitol Hill on July 17.

The NG911 Institute is a nonprofit organization that promotes advanced 911 services. The event was focused on “Internet of things” devices into the emergency calling environment.

Jul 24, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Republican congresswoman Susan W. Brooks told a packed room of small and mid-sized cable operators here that the government should back away from burdensome internet regulation, and called on the crowd to help explain to consumers how the current rules could hurt. 

Jul 5, 2017 In The News

Following the international WannaCry ransomware attack, which has reportedly infected approximately 300,000 computer systems in more than 150 nations, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that aims to combat cyberattacks and cybercrime against U.S. computer networks.

The Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a baseline set of voluntary best practices for cybersecurity to be made available online.

Jul 5, 2017 In The News

BOSTON —  A rare night home with her family in Melrose over a year ago turned into a terrifying experience for U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark when flashing blue lights and a squadron of police vehicles and heavily-armed officers appeared in an instant on her front lawn.

The computer-generated message that prompted the serious response from Melrose police was stark: “Shots fired and an active shooter” was called in to the station’s business line, giving Clark’s address.

Jul 3, 2017 In The News

The recent global cyberattack that affected thousands of computers worldwide and hampered major companies including A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and Merck & Co. Inc. has raised the attention level of cybersecurity professionals looking for ways to help stop the crippling strikes.

Jul 2, 2017 In The News

Doxxing is one of the many online harassment tactics that is considered illegal under state criminal laws but has indirect coverage. Doxxing refers to the deliberate search and publishing of identifying information about a particular individual on the internet with malicious intent. A federal law criminalizing the practice would be more effective, and it appears that one might be on the way.

Jun 30, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House to address extreme online threats that often target women, girls, LGBTQ people, and people of color.

Jun 30, 2017 In The News

Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced legislation June 29 to combat cyber crime by mandating that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the department of Homeland Security (DHS) establish baseline best practices for the private sector.

Jun 30, 2017 In The News

Federal scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology would be tasked — in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Trade Commission — to develop concise voluntary guidelines for basic online security measures, called cyber-hygiene, under a new bipartisan bill introduced in both chambers of Congress.

The bill also would mandate DHS to investigate the cybersecurity risks posed by the burgeoning number of small, cheap devices connected to the web as part of the mushrooming internet of things or IoT.

Jun 29, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C— Following a worldwide cyber-attack last month that hit more than 300,000 computers, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced legislation to combat cyberattacks and cybercrime against U.S. computer networks.