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March 2012

Rep. Honda to Lead "Technology Town Hall" Discussion on SOPA, STEM and Other Tech-Policy Issues with Silicon Valley Leaders April 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. March 27, 2012 - Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus, will discuss technology policy issues including the battle over SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and the crisis in U.S. STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in a public "technology town hall" meeting at Santa Clara University.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at SCU’s Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

Rep. Honda is expected to discuss the major technology issues under debate in policy and legal circles from California to Capitol Hill. Major themes include long-term technology workforce development;  economic growth and job creation through STEM education; and what the recent Congressional battle over SOPA means for Silicon Valley's engagement with Washington.

Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman will join Rep. Honda as a co-panelist.

In addition to his role representing Silicon Valley on the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus, Rep. Honda serves on two key budget and fiscal committees in the House of Representatives — the Appropriations and Budget committees.

To attend this session, please RSVP at Registration is required and free of charge.

Rep. Honda's talk is part of the annual State of the Net West program, co-sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Another member of the Congressional Internet Caucus, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), will discuss technology policy issues with a Silicon Valley audience May 24 at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto.

For more information about State of the Net West, or to be notified about the other upcoming events, contact Joy Peacock, assistant director of the High Tech Law Institute, at or (408) 551-7154.

About Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law, founded in 1911 on the site of California’s oldest operating higher-education institution, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. One of the nation’s most diverse law schools, Santa Clara Law offers its 975 students an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined J.D./MBA degree; and certificates in intellectual property law, international law, and public interest and social justice law. Santa Clara Law is located in the world-class business center of Silicon Valley, and is distinguished nationally for our top-ranked program in intellectual property. For more information, see

About the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is a diverse group of public interest, non-profit and industry groups working to educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues. The group seeks to promote the growth and advancement of the Internet, provide a bicameral, bipartisan forum for Internet concerns to be raised, while promoting the education of internet-related issues. More information can be found at

Media Contacts:
Deborah Lohse | Santa Clara University | 408-554-5121 |
Tim Lordan | Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee | 202-439-5688 |

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