Event Archives: 2014

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Citizen Strangers

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 12:15pm
Since its establishment in 1948, the state of Israel has had a significant Arab minority population. For the founders of the state, this presented a conundrum. On the one hand, they intended Israel to be the homeland of the Jewish people, but on the other, they wanted it to be a liberal state, which by definition meant that residents had to be enfranchised. To that end, the Palestinian Arabs who remained in Israel were immediately granted citizenship and the right to vote, but their civil rights, employment, and movement were restricted under military law until 1966.

New America NYC: A Democracy with a "Partly Free" Media

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:30pm

In 2013 Freedom House, while acknowledging that the Israeli media was the freest in the Middle East, downgraded its ranking from "free" to "partly free." In its report, the NGO cited several factors that led to the downgrade, including interference from foreign corporate investors and the indictment of a journalist for possession of classified documents obtained from a source.


No Good Men Among the Living

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 5:30pm
How did the conflict dubbed “the good war” go so disastrously wrong?
It’s a question that haunted many following the American-led efforts in Afghanistan in the years after the 9/11 attacks— and one that by 2008 drove Anand Gopal to drop his studies in New York and set out, as a journalist, to answer to himself.

Reporting in Pakistan

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:15pm
As Kati Marton, an author, journalist, and board member for both the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the New America Foundation, notes in a recent blog post, Pakistan has long been one of the most dangerous countries in the world for members of the media. According to data collected by the CPJ, 54 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992. At least one journalist and three media workers have been killed in 2014, and several others have been attacked.

InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:30pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing
disparities, or further entrench them. Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies often increase the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and low-income families, amplifying problems of criminalization, deportation, poverty and overall insecurity.

Hacking the University: Will Tech Fix Higher Education?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:45am
If 2012 was the year of the Massive Open Online Course, according to the New York Times, 2013 was something of a reality check. MOOCs were meant to give people all over the United States (and the world) access to the best lecturers and classes from some of America's top universities. But their first iterations have been beset with problems--lack of student engagement, high dropout rates--leading critics to question their long-term value.

The Technology Deficit: Attracting Tech Talent into Government and Civil Society

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Technology is a powerful force in our daily lives and in the functioning of government and global markets. Yet today there are too few talented people with technical expertise in government and civil society. This talent gap hinders government from effectively serving its citizens, and has a negative impact on the quality of social debate and regulatory decision-making around technology policy.

War! What Is It Good For?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:15pm
In his provocative new book, War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots, historian Ian Morris turns Edwin Starr’s old song lyric on its head, arguing that war has actually been quite good for some things, namely the states that wage it. Indeed, he shows that, over time, wars have made governments and that governments have made peace, providing their citizens with relative safety, wealth, and larger, more organized societies.

New America NYC: The Bright Continent

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:30pm


School Choice

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
As any local parent knows, it is school lottery time again in DC. Anxious parent speculation is running high and envy is running rampant across the city. In DC – a city rife with inequalities and racial tensions – school choice systems (charter and traditional) promise more equitable access to high-quality schools. But do they deliver?