New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Israel's Ground Invasion of Gaza | Ian Masters Background Briefing

July 22, 2014
Lisa Goldman, the Director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation, joins us to discuss the apparent symbiosis between Israeli hardliners and Hamas hardliners, neither of whom seem to be bothered by civilian casualties and neither of whom have any apparent vision beyond a reciprocal cycle of tit-for-tat violence and retribution.

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Colleges Must Help Further The Goals Of Common Core Standards, Report Says | Chronicle Of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

The report's author, Lindsey Tepe, a program associate in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, welcomed their involvement but said colleges needed to play a more active role in working with schools to define the standards.

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The Hillary Show | New Yorker

July 22, 2014
She was the first professional woman to have an operational role” as First Lady, Kati Marton, the author of “Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History,” told me. “She treated the role as if it were a job. This was jarring to many.”

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A Lose-Lose Game | CTV

July 22, 2014
Click here to see Lisa Goldman's interview on why an Israel ground offensive could have terrible consequences.

Book Review: 'Making David Into Goliath | Washington Times

July 21, 2014
When Israel’s neighbors launched a surprise invasion in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, oil-producing Arab states threatened to cut supply to any country offering Israel assistance. The results of the embargo threat exceeded Arab expectations, fundamentally realigning “the geopolitics of the Middle East and the entire world,” according to historian Daniel Yergin.
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Sharp Divide Seen in Net Neutrality Comments on Rules for Mobile Broadband | Communications Daily

July 21, 2014
Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a news release the revised rules should not treat wireless and wireless differently. “The FCC must not create two different Internets, one wireline and open, the other wireless and closed,” Calabrese said Thursday. “Individuals will increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that will connect to the Internet over a variety of fixed and mobile carrier networks de- pending on location, need and cost.”

Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Is the Tech World’s Envoy | New York Times

July 20, 2014
“He brings a much more Washington sensibility to the West Coast than many of his peers,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official who now runs the New America Foundation and attended Princeton University with Mr. Smith. “He recognizes the necessity of government engagement. Government is not just an entity for favors. It has to be part of the solution.”

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Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing fight over Encryption, Activists Say | PCWorld

July 18, 2014
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.

The Other Border Crisis Solution | The Weekly Wonk

July 17, 2014
Scarlett Aldebot-Green, Senior Policy Analyst, New America Asset Building Program: First, if the U.S. really wants to improve the economic circumstances of families in Central America and reduce violence, then it needs to work with the communities and people that it intends to help.

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Expectations Are High As Mexico Prepares to Accept Foreign Oil Explorers | Ames Tribune

July 15, 2014

"Mexico's declining oil production, the rigidities of the (political) system, have been known for a long time," said Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power." "As Mexico becomes a manufacturing platform of the global economy, they really need the energy supplies," Yergin said. "It’s not something that happens overnight.

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Privacy Fight Returns for Cyber Bill | The Hill

July 12, 2014
"We're hopeful that the president will continue with the precedent that he set of threatening to veto any cyber information-sharing legislation that's not privacy-protective and that would allow automatic information sharing with the NSA," said Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

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NTIA Pilot Program to Look at Spectrum Occupancy in Era of Sharing | Communications Daily

July 11, 2014
NTIA launched a pilot program for measuring the occupancy of spectrum in a shared spectrum world, Associate Administrator Karl Nebbia said Thursday during the first meeting of the newly reconstituted Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. The cost recovery subgroup is looking at how to pay the expenses that government agencies incur as a result of spectrum sharing (http://1.usa.gov/1kJ56IJ). Chair Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation said the group hopes to have a number of alternatives to present at CSMAC’s October meeting.

Praise and Criticism After FCC E-Rate Vote | Roll Call

July 11, 2014
Danielle Kehl, policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, called the vote a “good, albeit modest first step” and said in a statement that the “FCC’s goal of providing high-speed Internet access to all students and library patrons across the country will not be successful without more aggressive changes that address the underlying connectivity challenges.”

Female Interruptors on Israel and Palestine | Foreign Policy Interrupted

July 11, 2014
Yet again, tensions in Israel and Palestine are aflame. To better understand the recent major escalation, we talked to interruptor Lisa Goldman, the director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation.

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Kerry in Kabul Wielding Aid Threat to End Election Stalemate | Sydney Morning Herald

July 11, 2014
"The problem is there's a total loss of trust in the Afghan institutions and the way they've handled their job because even the issue of how many ballots to audit and how many people voted are up in the air," said Omar Samad, the president of Silk Road Consulting, a Washington-based geopolitical advisory firm.

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Tech Experts Frustrated with NSA-Created Digital Security Gaps | Scripps News

July 11, 2014
“Consumer products are built on security standards established by the NIST, and those standards are supposed to be as strong as possible,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation Open Technology Institute, said. “But the NSA has exerted a lot of influence on the NIST, and as a result the NSA has been able to develop standards, or security tools, that contain vulnerabilities they know about and can exploit.”
 
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Privacy Advocates Call for NSA Reorganization | FedScoop

July 11, 2014

Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, referenced documents leaked by Snowden and accused NSA of surreptitiously influencing companies to alter product designs to make it easier for the agency to hack those products. She said the statutory relationship between NSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology should be severed.

Mesh Networks Keep Residents Connected During Power Outages | Emergency Management

July 10, 2014
Most wireless networks operate using a hub and spoke layout -- basically, a central broadcast tower links to users like spokes on a wheel. With mesh networking, “envision a fish net,” says Georgia Bullen, field operations technologist for the nonprofit Open Technology Institute. “Every device on the network is part of the network.”

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Abdullah Holds Powerful Cards in Afghan Election Crisis | Radio Free Europe

July 10, 2014

Anand Gopal, author of "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes" and a fellow at the Washington-based New America Foundation, says these networks give Abdullah considerable muscle. "He probably has the most prominent network and he is with Atta [Mohammad Nur], who is the governor of Mazar-e Sharif [eds: Balkh Province], and with various people in the Ministry of Interior and various people in smaller militias in the north," he says.

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