Event Archives: 2014

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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. 

New America NYC: Broadly Speaking: The Child Exchange

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 6:30pm

A legal adoption is an arduous process that requires time, background checks and lots of paperwork. But giving a child away can be startlingly easy.

In Poverty, Under Surveillance

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:15pm
For most Americans, news of NSA's domestic spying program was shocking. But for one group, living under government surveillance is routine--people in poverty. For families and individuals accessing the public benefits system, ceding extensive personal and financial information and submitting to unannounced home visits, fingerprinting or drug testing are the cost of receiving assistance.

New America NYC: Dear Mr. Watterson

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 6:30pm

This event has reached capacity and we are no longer accepting RSVPs.

Almost everyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s will recall an impish, spiky-haired boy and his stuffed tiger in the Sunday comics. “Calvin and Hobbes” chronicles the adventures of Calvin, a 6-year-old boy with a powerful imagination that brings his stuffed tiger Hobbes to life.

Just How Broken Is the Patent System?

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 8:45am

*Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed until further notice. 

Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:15pm
A former senior White Office and Congressional official, Michael Allen provides readers of his new book, BLINKING RED: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11, with an insider’s account of the complete restructuring of America’s intelligence community that occurred at the beginning of the 21st Century.  In particular, he focuses on the creation of the Director of National Intelligence, and internecine battles and trench warfare that were behind this dramatic shift in how the United States gathers and uses intelligence to protect its citizens from further large-s

Promoting the Free Flow of Information in Sanctioned Countries

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:30am
In the spring of 2013, the U.S. government authorized the sale of hardware, software, and services to Iran—a bold move aimed at increasing access to information, free expression, and the ability of Iranian civilians to participate in uncensored political dialogue. The free flow of information and the ability to communicate online is a human right that needs protecting, especially in the most repressive countries. But U.S.

GOLIATH: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 1:15pm
In his new book, GOLIATH: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine.  Based on four years of research and on-the-ground reporting, the book is an unflinching, unprecedented work of journalism which depicts a startling portrait of Israeli society under siege from increasingly authoritarian politics.