On January 29, 2019 Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, on behalf of her other Congressional Internet Caucus co-chairs — Senator John Thune and Senator Patrick Leahy — presented former Congressman Bob Goodlatte a gift as an appreciation for his decades of service as co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. The co-chairs presented Bob Goodlatte, a renowned collector of baseball memorabilia, with a one-of-a-kind baseball bat engraved with the signatures of the three remaining co-chairs.
Reps. Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo Appoint New Leaders of House STEM and Computer Science Initiative
Reps. French Hill and Suzan DelBene Ascend As Co-Chairs of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge
September 25, 2018
Washington, DC – Today Representatives Bob Goodlatte (VA) and Anna G. Eshoo (CA) announced new leadership for the next session of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an initiative to inspire students across the country to learn about STEM education and coding. As co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, Goodlatte and Eshoo appointed Representatives French Hill (AR) and Suzan DelBene (WA), two recognized leaders in Congress on STEM and next generation workforce issues. The Congressional Internet Caucus initiates the CAC at the start of each Congress.
“I am pleased to announce that Representatives French Hill and Suzan DelBene will be leading this year’s Congressional App Challenge. The App Challenge, which is only in its fourth year, has already seen tremendous growth and I know that this will continue under the leadership of Representatives Hill and DelBene,” states Rep. Bob Goodlatte. “The Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in the STEM education fields that create jobs and fuel innovation in America. With new apps for electronic devices popping up every day, it’s time for our students to show what they can do.”
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo states, “It’s an honor to welcome Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. French Hill as bi-partisan Co-Chairs of this year’s Congressional App Challenge, a competition which invites high school students from across the country to create and exhibit software applications for various platforms for everyday use. The Congressional App Challenge was co-founded by Reps. Eshoo and Goodlatte in 2013, to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education fields. This competition helps students hone the critical STEM skills they need to have the best opportunities in our modern economy. Given Rep. DelBene’s and Rep. French’s experience and interest on a range of technology issues, I’m confident the Challenge will succeed in their capable hands.”
“I’m excited and honored to co-chair the Congressional App Challenge,” said Representative Hill. “During my time in Congress, central Arkansas students have submitted for consideration more than 75 apps and two winners Anne Li and Michael Davis have come to Washington, D.C., for the national reception. I’m looking forward to helping lead the charge in encouraging students in Arkansas and across the country to use their creativity to participate and pursue in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields and to make this year’s App Challenge bigger and better than ever.” – Congressman French Hill
Rep. Suzan DelBene states, “As the product of a STEM education that led to a career in tech, I am thrilled to help encourage the ingenuity of all our nation’s best and brightest students. The App Challenge is a great opportunity for students who are interested in coding to hone their skills, learn new ones, and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit.”
“We’re thrilled that Representatives Hill and DelBene will spearhead the Congressional App Challenge. Both of them have shown great leadership in STEM and computer science education. We are confident that their leadership will take the Challenge to the next level.” – Tim Lordan, Executive Director, Internet Education Foundation
This year, the CAC runs until October 15, 2018. The #HouseOfCode Winners’ reception is set for Spring 2019 in Washington, D.C.
About the Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the first three years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 605 App Challenges across 42 states. Over 2,400 functional apps have been created by over 10,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.
IEF policy interns are given wide latitude to develop programming for their terms. Interns will organize briefings and conference panels for legislative staff on Capitol Hill and coordinate with high-level Internet stakeholders from government, industry, think tanks, and trade associations. Interns will gain exposure to a wide variety of Internet policy issues, and will have the opportunity to develop subject-matter expertise on selected topics such as privacy law, e-commerce, blockchain, and more. IEF places policy interns front and center, and several interns have moderated Internet policy discussions televised live by C-SPAN. Interns will also be able to pursue future projects and initiatives which align with IEF’s mission.
This is a paid position!
- Undergrad, graduate student, or recent graduate
- Prior experience with technology policy or politics
- Bonus Skills: Knowledge of Mailchimp / WordPress / Salesforce
- Quick learning and a sense of humor
- Working here is awesome. If you don’t believe us, ask our summer fellow, Rebecca (Blog Post: The Best Place To Intern)
For 20 years the Internet Education Foundation has been building the most prominent platforms for engagement. The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) hosts four major projects under its umbrella: The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Interns will work within any or all of these dynamic projects.
Please send resume and cover letter to Tim Lordan at [email protected]
Internet Platforms Answer Questions About How They Grapple With Misinformation, Illegal Content and Hate Speech at COMO Summit
Executives from Google, Facebook, Twitter and Others Will Provide an Unprecedented Under-the-Hood Look at Internal Content Moderation Practices
Washington, D.C. – In the midst of growing public and Congressional scrutiny of internet platforms, there are more questions than ever about how those services are wielding their power to moderate the content that their users post. How are they making decisions about what content stays up and what content comes down? Are they taking down too much, or not enough? And what role does AI play in this process? To help answer those questions, key executives from some of Silicon Valley’s top companies will converge on May 7 for the Content Moderation at Scale Summit in Washington, D.C.
The Summit will feature a who’s who of the tech industry’s content moderation operations — those responsible for filtering out objectionable and illegal content. Executives like Twitter’s Vice President of Trust & Safety, Del Harvey; Google’s Senior Litigation Counsel, Nora Puckett; and Facebook’s Policy Manager for Risk, Peter Stern, will provide an inside view of their companies’ processes for identifying and removing problematic content such as extremist propaganda, hate speech, “deepfakes”, and fake news. They’ll also detail the challenges of fairly and accurately moderating such content at scale while also seeking to balance users’ free expression rights.
The Summit will also feature workshops on the legal framework surrounding content moderation, machine-assisted content analysis and law enforcement cooperation. These workshops will involve senior executives from Twitter, Facebook, Google, Match Group, Vimeo, Wikimedia, and more.
The COMO Summit is a collaborative effort among a group of think tanks, non-profits, academic institutions, and trade associations that are committed to content moderation practices that maximize free expression and personal liberty while maintaining a civil society. This group includes the Cato Institute, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Charles Koch Institute, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Engine, Internet Association, Internet Education Foundation, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), and Santa Clara University School of Law.
WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Showroom
The event is open to the public and on the record.
Can’t join in person? Watch the livestream on the COMO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/comoatscale/
We’ve crunched the numbers from the 2017 Congressional App Challenge and results are amazing: 225 Members of the House of Representatives hosted local computer science competitions for students in their districts. The competition was unprecedented in terms of sheer participation as well as in geographical and diversity statistics.
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC), which has become the most prestigious prize in student app competitions, more than doubled in terms of participation over the previous year, and nine new states across the country were represented. In the course of three short years, the CAC, which is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, has achieved what no other initiative has been able to do: it has reached extraordinary levels of geographic and rural participation while garnering participation from underserved communities at record-setting levels.
We thought you should know about the amazing stats from the 2017 CAC detailed below. And we’ve provided a look ahead to our #HouseOfCode Demo Day in Rayburn and the start of the 2018 CAC.
Student Participation Up 129%
This past year, the CAC increased state participation by almost 30 percent. The 40 states in dark blue represent those that participated in the district-wide competitions in 2017.
CAC Crushes Tech Industry Diversity Gap
The CAC outpaced the tech industry by reaching out to a wide range of students in terms of gender, race, ethnicity and geography. The following unprecedented growth is due to the CAC footprint, which included 225 US congressional districts.
Inspiring Young Women Coders
The CAC helped address the gender gap in the tech industry by reaching a new plateau with 33% of its participants being young women and girls. During the 3rd annual contest, over 1,600 female students were inspired by Congress’ coding challenge.
Source: 2014 Silicon Valley Diversity Chart, (C) 2015 Lee & Low Books
Attend #HouseofCode /
The New National Science Fair
The Congressional App Challenge invites winners from across the country to demo their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held on April 12, 2018. At #HouseOfCode the winners are recognized by their Representative in Congress and their apps are put on display in the Capitol Building. Southwest airlines provides $100 travel vouchers for winners to come to #HouseOfCode and winners are given $250 Amazon Web Service Credits.
“We hope you will join us in celebrating these remarkable students.” Rachel Decoste, Director, Congressional App Challenge.
In collaboration with willing Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, the Challenge has become a valuable manifestation of Congress’ commitment to building the domestic pipeline of future tech leaders. The CAC Congressional Director Melissa Medina adds, “This Challenge innovates the way Congress engages with technology. We work to connect today’s Congress with tomorrow’s coders and innovators. The fact that the App Challenge is naturally bipartisan demonstrates tech’s ability to unite Congress behind a common goal of spreading STEM and Computer Science opportunities across the country.”
About The Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district.
Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their app put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The Challenge is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district. It is initiated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and coordinated by the Internet Education Foundation, the appointed non-governmental sponsor. [More]
After about 21 years we’re modifying our name to the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy. While our name has changed, we will continue our heralded educational program for Congressional tech staffers on Capitol Hill. Our new name better reflects the nature of the baseline, educational Internet policy curriculum that we have executed for decades. This is our new logo:
We look forward to host balanced briefings on timely Internet policy issues on a regular basis. The main difference will be the new name and the new logo. You will still recognize the consistent quality and relevance of the program.
We strive to make our program the gold standard for discussing key Internet policy issues. Not only do we bring the most knowledgeable experts to the table to illuminate the issues, we also ensure that our “faculty” speakers are as diverse as possible. In fact, last year 44% of our expert panelists were women.
We commit to executing the same unimpeachable program in 2018. A few weeks back we started with a Net Neutrality briefing and we will hold a discussion on Europe’s GDPR privacy law in a few weeks. Going forward we plan to host discussions on Blockchain, “Hipster” Antitrust, Cross Border Data Warrants, Digital Music Licensing, Cyber Security and more.
We plan to video livestream 100% of our discussions this year, even though it is technically challenging and resource intensive for a small non-profit like ours. Last year we managed to livestream nearly 90% of them. We will also continue audio podcasting our events as we have done for over a decade. Below are links to past video livestreams on both Facebook and YouTube. You can also use the RSS link to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Play Music, or your favorite podcast app.
Use the signup form here to be added to our mailing list for events, news, and media. We look forward to seeing you at the next briefing.
We’re so grateful for our summer Google Policy Fellow, Rebecca Tjahja. Below is a blog post by her describing her summer in DC. Thank you so much, Rebecca!
THE BEST PLACE TO INTERN
Posted by Rebecca Tjahja
In the McDermott Blog
Washington, D.C. is undoubtedly the best city in America to intern. The last 12 months of living in D.C. have made me a bit biased, but I say this as a proud California native. It has sometimes been challenging spending a year in D.C. while still in school, but the incredible opportunities that I have been able to take on have made every challenge worth it. I’ve had the privilege of working for the White House, the Financial Services Roundtable, and the Internet Education Foundation (IEF) as a Google Policy Fellow. The incredible impact of the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met have shaped me as a young woman and young professional. Here are the three reasons why every young professional should intern in D.C.:
1) Close relationships focused on your development as a leader
Passionate people from around the world come to D.C., bringing with them an incredible amount of brain power and diversity in background. From policy advisors up to the President’s senior advisors, the level of expertise and intelligence was amazing. Fortunately, everyone took time to share their expertise and perspective with the interns, and helped us see how to become the leaders we wish to be. During my time at the White House I was incredibly lucky to serve under Special Assistant to the President, R. David Edelman. He never hesitated to give me the responsibility and autonomy to think for myself, and allowed me to exercise a part of my brain and leadership ability I wouldn’t be able to otherwise in another setting. I found that other leaders in D.C. followed this same practice. As a Google Fellow, the executive director of IEF, Tim Lordan, gave me the same freedom to start and develop my own large-scale project and encouraged me to take initiative rather than cautioning me against it. I also managed to make it on C-SPAN thanks to Tim!
2) The people that you will meet
I grew up in Los Angeles, but I think I’ve met more famous people in Washington, D.C. than in LA. It’s also important to note that one’s perception of who is “famous” changes while in D.C. (I think I fangirled more about meeting Ian Bremmer than Selena Gomez. Who’s Ian Bremmer? Exactly.) Influential people are infinitely more accessible in Washington D.C. than anywhere else. The number of hearings, events, and receptions that I’ve been invited to has led me to connect with some of the most important decision-makers in the free world. I even had the opportunity to directly ask President Obama for his advice on leadership, which is a moment that will stay with me forever.
3) History is not only felt, but made here
I stood backstage with then Secretary Julian Castro and my boss from the White House as they prepared to give their remarks up on stage about rural broadband connectivity; sat front row as President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio discussed the climate change and its future threat to our society; walked and talked with five different ambassadors down West Executive Drive about current happenings in their countries; stood in front of the Capitol as the transfer of power was passed from President Obama to President Trump. I didn’t realize at the time that my day-to-day activities and observations were at the forefront of what was defining our country. There is no other place in the world where “learning by watching” has been more impactful or motivating. Every young professional can come here and have the same experience.
Many successful and powerful influencers and decision makers’ paths have their humble beginning as an intern like me in Washington, DC, and right now I see myself at the beginning of a similar trail. Life-changing opportunities come with the right person, place, and time, and this city is an amazing catalyst in that equation. One connection has evolved into many, each providing insight into my strengths, weaknesses, and which direction I want to go into in my near and far future. If you are looking for an intellectually challenging environment to grow as a leader and person, Washington, D.C. is the place to be. It is a place where I felt that I could make a difference and where a difference was made within me.
Program Director, Congressional App Challenge
The Internet Education Foundation is seeking an experienced, energetic and dynamic Program Director to lead one of its projects, the Congressional App Challenge. The position is based in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a young, nationwide effort aimed at encouraging students to learn how to code, through localized app challenges hosted by Members of Congress. (More details on the CAC below.
The Program Director position will be responsible for overseeing execution of the Congressional App Challenge, including:
Program Management: The Program Director is responsible for determining, implementing and overseeing CAC processes. These include, but are not limited to: congressional registration and participation, student registration and project submission, partnership management, localized outreach strategies, diversity-promoting strategies, etc.
In the last 2 years, nearly 4,000 students have participated in 239 challenges across 33 states – and the program is growing in popularity. The Program Director will need to establish new data management protocols to protect the information of thousands of students, connect congressional offices with pertinent organizations, and more.
Fundraising: The Program Director is an integral part of the organization’s fundraising efforts. The Program Director must be able to articulate the project’s goals and value to prospective funders, communicate with existing funders, and determine a strategy to attract additional funders. A background in grant applications and foundation fundraising is a bonus.
Communications/Marketing: The Program Director must use communications tools and strategies to recruit student participation and stakeholder support in pockets all across America. This role will require raising awareness of the project through social media, email marketing campaigns, personalized communications, and frequent public speaking under a variety of conditions.
Manage A Growing Team: Currently, the primary CAC consists of a full-time Program Manager, several part-time consultants, and several interns and volunteers. As the program grows, the Program Director will need to establish hiring criteria and processes, manage onboarding, and oversee a growing team.
As the Program Director you will:
- Oversee all efforts involved in execution of the Congressional App Challenge.
- Develop and maintain sponsor relationships.
- Build partnerships with community organizations, both nationwide and local, to advance outreach efforts in participating districts.
- Develop and maintain improved contact/data management systems.
- Work with the Congressional Affairs Director and oversee other team members.
- Organize #HouseOfCode, the culminating celebration in the Spring.
- Develop new models for growth in the areas of educational support and regional events such as hackathons and demo days.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
The most important quality a program manager must bring to the table, is a passion for addressing the tech talent gap, and promoting equity and equality in the tech community.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Several years experience managing complex projects.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and startup mentality.
- Relentless attention to detail and effective time-management skills.
- A commitment to social equity and diversity efforts.
- A data-driven, metrics-oriented mindset.
- Fundraising experience.
- Media experience; pitching press releases, op-eds, and more.
- Clear and concise communications skills, oral and written.
- Some familiarity with Computer Science (coding skills a plus).
- Experience with WordPress, HTML, and CSS.
- Experience with CRMs and email marketing programs. (We use Salesforce and Mailchimp.)
- Experience with database development and management.
- Non-profit or Capitol Hill experience.
- Experience hosting hackathons, demo days, or coding competitions.
- Experience with computer science education strongly preferred.
- A Graduate Degree in public policy, business administration, computer science, or related fields.
Send cover letter and resume to [email protected].
ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE
Launched in late 2015, the Congressional App Challenge operates in the intersection of Congressional politics, technology policy, and 21st century workforce development. The program is a joint effort between the Internet Education Foundation and the House of Representatives. Aimed at inspiring students across America to pursue computer science and coding skills, IEF coordinates and supports the execution of regional app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress from July through late October/early November.
Winners are announced in December during Computer Science Education Week, and the Challenge concludes with #HouseOfCode, a reception and demo day held in Washington DC in the spring, which student from around the country travel to, to showcase their award-winning apps.
The CAC mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education:
- Inspire: To inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice;
- Include: To actively include and engage students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech community; and
- Innovate: To innovate policymaking by connecting Members of Congress to new and emerging technologies through personal interactions with their student constituents.
In two cycles, the CAC has executed 239 successful challenges, and has grown to a point that now requires an experienced project manager to take the program to the next level.
About the Internet Education Foundation
The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) is an entrepreneurial non-profit at the heart of Internet policy in Washington. For 20 years IEF has been the most trusted voice in Internet policy in Washington. Other IEF projects include the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.
On Monday and Tuesday, April 3-4, the Internet Education Foundation was proud to host two days of programming as part of #HouseOfCode, a celebration of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge winners.
On Monday, April 3, the #HouseOfCode events kicked off with a Welcome Reception hosted by Amazon Web Services.The American Libraries Association, the US Patent And Trade Office, MentorMint, and AWS Educate set up booths and shared information about their programs with the students. Rhianon Anderson, Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge, and Shannon Kellogg, Director of Public Policy for the Americas gave remarks to more than 150 students and their families.
The 2016 CAC winners started Tuesday, April 4 by attending “Computer Science, Coding, and Beyond: Career Options in the Tech Community,” a program hosted by Microsoft at their Innovation and Policy Center.
Allyson Knox, Microsoft’s Director of Education Policy, welcomed the students and introduced keynote speaker Representative Suzan DelBene. The Congresswoman spoke to the students about her experience working in both tech and policy realms, and encouraged them to make a difference in the world by pursuing their passions. The Congresswoman’s speech was followed by a panel of tech professionals, moderated by Austin Carson (Executive Director, TechFreedom), and featuring panelists Rachel Bittner (Engineer, Spotify), Clara Tsao (Presidential Innovation Fellow), and Matt Legend (CEO of Legend). (Check out the video, here! Skip ahead to the 22 minute mark to get to the programming.) After leaving Microsoft, the students and their families headed to Capitol Hill to visit the Capitol Building display that features the CAC-winning apps.
The programming culminated with #HouseOfCode, a Demo Day and Reception held in the Rayburn Foyer on Capitol Hill (generously sponsored by Intel), where the students presented the incredible apps that won their district’s Congressional App Challenge. #HouseOfCode featured students from 51 Congressional Districts and 22 states. 37 Members of Congress attended, in support of their students and the Congressional App Challenge.
Over 500 supporters of computer science education attended #HouseOfCode in total. Guests heard remarks from the CAC Executive Director, the Congressional Internet Caucus Co-Chairs, and several of the past, present and future CAC Congressional Co-Chairs. Reps. Ed Royce and Seth Moulton announced their successors: Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) will serve as the co-chairs of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge! The speakers included:
- Rhianon Anderson, Executive Director, Congressional App Challenge
- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), 2015 CAC Co-Chair
- Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Co-Chair of the Internet Caucus and the inaugural CAC
- Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Co-Chair of the Internet Caucus, and the inaugural CAC
- Marcelino Ford-Livene, General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Intel
- Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39), 2016 CAC Co-Chair
- Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06), 2016 CAC Co-Chair
- Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13), 2017 CAC Co-Chair
In less than two years, the Congressional App Challenge has reached nearly 4,000 students in 33 states. Congressional offices have hosted 239 successful challenges, and received the submission of nearly 1200 original, student-coded apps. The success of the Congressional App Challenge has been made possible thanks to the widespread bipartisan congressional support for the program, and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and partners.
Thank you to all who supported #HouseOfCode and the Congressional App Challenge!
The Internet Education Foundation is hosting a Google Policy Fellow this summer. We’re looking for amazing candidates to work on any of our projects. More information about this year’s fellowship can be found in this Google post and on the Google Policy Fellowship Program page.
IEF projects include the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, the Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.
Find more information the Google Policy Fellowship Program