Looking for our new site?

Event Archives: 2015

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.

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.

50 Years Since the War on Poverty

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:15am

The War on Poverty is 50 years old. In his first State of the Union address in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced his ambitious goal to improve the outlook for the millions of Americans who "live on the outskirts of hope." But it was not until March that he forwarded the initial legislative proposals that would begin a remarkable period of legislative activity.

New America NYC: The Meat Racket

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 6:30pm

Making the Grades

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:00am
Debates on the merits of teacher effectiveness reforms, school choice, academic standards, and new financing models have become a fixture in the education policy arena. Ideas, once relegated to the fringes, are now beginning to take hold in states across the country.Yet advocates still have much work ahead to turn these ideas into policies that will improve student outcomes.

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:00pm
In China, online critics write in code to spread the truths their government wants to hide. In Cuba, bloggers band together to get a fellow activist out of jail. And in Russia, a lone blogger launches online campaigns against the country’s most powerful companies, and rises to become the most prominent opposition figure since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The Up Side of Down

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:15pm
First-time entrepreneurs, small start-ups, and new products often flop before they flourish. And most of us have failed – at least once – in our personal or professional lives. While failure may be one of our greatest fears, is there something positive we can take away from our blunders?