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.

Degrees of Inequality

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:30am
In collaboration with The Century Foundation

Beyond Screen Time

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Click here to read Lisa Guernsey's report, Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education, which is being released today.

Transatlantic Solutions to Government Surveillance

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:15pm
Last year, revelations about the National Security Agency's digital surveillance created a breach of trust between the United States and close international allies. European citizens, in Germany in particular, remain concerned about the state and scope of both NSA activity as well as the online spying activity of their own governments.  

Controlling Surveillance: Export Controls as a Tool for Internet Freedom

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 1:00pm
“A retail market for surveillance tools has sprung up from ‘nearly zero’ in 2001 to about $5 billion a year”, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2011. Governments around the world increasingly rely on the private sector and commercial technologies for monitoring and surveillance, including technology made in the U.S. and Europe.

New America NYC: Why Women Aren't Welcome Online

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:30pm


Super Wi-Fi, Incentive Auctions and the Emerging Unlicensed Economy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:15pm
The airwaves that are open and unlicensed already generate more than $220 billion a year through Wi-Fi and other technologies for the U.S. economy.  And unlicensed access to vacant TV Band spectrum - the TV White Spaces - has already spurred deployments to connect unserved rural households and at universities and libraries. 

Civil Rights and Big Data

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00am
How will new, innovative technologies benefit all individuals and help alleviate social and economic inequalities? As the urge to collect and categorize vast quantities of data about our digital behavior becomes more widespread, big data presents new opportunities and profound challenges for individuals' civil liberties and civil rights, and especially for communities of color, women, and other historically disadvantaged groups. 

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:30pm
We Americans seem to have a love affair with busyness.

Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the culture of the modern workplace. For too many, 9-to-5 is all but extinct. Instead, it’s been overtaken for by a system that measures employee worth by who comes early and stays late, by who racks the most billable hours, by who gets the most face time with clients and colleagues, and by who extends themselves closest to the breaking point.

The New Meat Monopoly: The Animal, The Farmer, and You in the New Age of Global Giants

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 9:30am
A generation ago, the business of raising animals for food in America looked much like it had at the Founding - family farms, open and competitive markets, high standards, and a self sustaining national economy. Today, vast corporations rule almost every corner of the animal agriculture landscape, and these giants are increasingly controlled from foreign capitals. Some economists argue in favor of this new order of things, mainly claiming it is more “efficient.” But there’s also growing evidence that this top-down system can harm the wellbeing of animals, the farmer, and the eater.