Event Archives: 2014

All New America events for the given year are available below. To jump to another year's archives, please use the links at right. To view upcoming events click here.

Syria’s Impasse

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm
In Collaboration with the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 

Battlefield Earth

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:15pm
In collaboration with Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. 

In 2001, the U.S. Congress authorized the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.” This Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) set no limits on time, location, or target.

Subsidizing Democracy

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 9:30am
Most efforts to reduce the influence of money on democracy have run aground in recent years, because of court decisions, the growth of new forms of political organization, and the sheer volume of money directed at our high-stakes politics. But with little notice, one reform – voluntary public financing of campaigns – has taken hold in several states and jurisdictions. Public financing has taken several different forms, from full public funding to partial matching systems to tax credits that resemble a voucher.

DC Internet Freedom Hackathon

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 9:00am

Enjoy a fun day of hacking and delicious food to benefit Internet freedom! 
Join us on Jan. 11 and help improve Open Source privacy and anonymity tools used by communities throughout the world which face online censorship or surveillance. 

New America NYC: Memory and Identity in Black America

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:30pm


Parent PLUS or Minus

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 9:30am
The PowerPoint presentation used for this event is located here. Read Rachel’s Fishman’s report on Parent PLUS loans here.

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 12:15pm
Hezbollah -- Lebanon’s “Party of God” -- is a multifaceted organization: it is a powerful political party in Lebanon, a Shia Islam religious and social movement, Lebanon’s largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. Hezbollah and Iran both deny the existence of a Hezbollah terrorist apparatus, but intelligence services worldwide know it well. While some acts of terror, like the kidnappings in Lebanon in the 1980s and the 1992 and 1994 bombings in Buenos Aires, are generally known, Hezbollah’s global presence and terrorist activities go much farther.

Regional Connectivity in South-Central Asia

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:15pm

The South-Central Asian region has experienced important changes in the last decade, but anxieties related to the security of post-2014 Afghanistan have obscured how growing communication links, as well as road and rail infrastructures, are transforming the way regional countries connect with Afghanistan and with each other. The growth of Afghanistan’s economy, fueled by international assistance and massive reconstruction, has also benefited the region.

The Value of Open Data

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 9:00am
As the value of using big data and analytics is becoming increasingly recognized and embraced throughout the global economy, a complementary trend is taking hold. Governments and other institutions are making their data (e.g. weather, disease monitoring, terrain maps, or traffic patterns) open and available to the private sector and entrepreneurs, which raises productivity and extends the powers of big data to make possible entirely new applications, such as the smartphone app that tells commuters when the next bus will arrive.

Techno-Activism Third Mondays

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:00pm
Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in fifteen cities throughout the world, and growing. As the name implies, it is held on the third Monday of each month.

This is an important event for anyone that works in humanitarian tech or with activists throughout the world who face censorship and surveillance.