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.

Government Spying Hurts Journalists and Lawyers, Report Says | TIME Magazine

July 30, 2014
A report released earlier this month by the New America Foundation argues the NSA deliberately weakens cybersecurity, making online communications, study authors argue, less secure in general.

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Syrian Civil Society Strives to Rebuild Communities | Syria Deeply

July 29, 2014
New America Foundation's Leila Hilal describes how local councils have tried to manage and rebuild Syrian communities.

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Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance | Wired

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative,” said Danielle Kehl, policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute and primary author of the report. “But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the U.S. tech economy, internet openness, America’s foreign policy interests and cybersecurity.”

Privacy group outlines cost of surveillance | The Hill

July 29, 2014
Kevin Bankston, the organization’s policy director, said in a statement that the new bill “would go a long way toward stemming the costs of the NSA’s spying programs and restoring trust in the American Internet industry, by prohibiting bulk records collection and providing substantially more transparency around the NSA’s surveillance programs.”

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The U.S. Economy Is A Casualty Of NSA Surveillance Programs | io9

July 29, 2014
The report, Surveillance Costs: The NSA's Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity, is available online at the New America Foundation.

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Leahy's new USA Freedom Act — Out this morning: The costs of surveillance — FCC Commissioners talk telecom policy with MMTC | Politico

July 29, 2014
— AND, NEW THIS MORNING: THE COSTS OF NSA SURVEILLANCE — A lengthy new report from New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute crunches the numbers to outline some of the broader impacts of the NSA's surveillance — shifting the focus, at least for a minute, away from the impacts on privacy. Much of the report synthesizes earlier research, from findings on the multi-billion dollar impact of the revelations to cloud computing and web hosting companies to data on the way the Snowden docs changed our trade relations in Europe and elsewhere.

Tech Companies Reel as NSA's Spying Tarnishes Reputations | Bloomberg

July 29, 2014
U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency’s power to spy on customers isn’t curbed, researchers with the New America Foundation said in a report today

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Privacy-Boosted Freedom Act Introduced in Senate | US News & World Report

July 29, 2014
Kevin Bankston, policy director of the Open Technology Institute, tells U.S. News a version of the Freedom Act stronger than the House counterpart “would go a long way toward stemming the costs of the NSA’s spying programs and restoring trust in the American Internet industry.”

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How data caps could reshape the economics of the Internet (again) | Washington Post

July 29, 2014
This idea that you should pay more for greater usage is hardly new. As the New America Foundation noted last year, advocates for usage-based pricing "analogize implementing caps on Internet service to charging per kilowatt hour for electricity."

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Bloggingheads TV Discussion between Robert Wright and Lisa Goldman | Bloggingheads.tv

July 29, 2014
New America's Robert Wright and Lisa Goldman discuss the Gaza conflict. Click here to watch the discussion.

TN taxpayers paying thousands for EBT card ATM fees | WSMV

July 29, 2014

"The fees and the surcharges that we are talking about are a real problem that require a real solution," said Aleta Sprague with the New America Foundation.

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Your personal privacy isn't the only cost of NSA surveillance | Boing Boing

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative. But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the U.S.

NSA Spying Will Cost US Tech Titans Billions, and That's Just the Start | Motherboard

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at OTI and the primary author of the report, said in a statement. “But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the US tech economy, internet openness, America’s foreign policy interests, and cybersecurity."

NSA Costs U.S. Tech $35 Billion Over Three Years | BusinessWeek

July 29, 2014
U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency’s power to spy on customers isn’t curbed, researchers with the New America Foundation said in a report today.

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Report Says Backlash From NSA's Surveillance Programs Will Cost Private Sector Billions Of Dollars | techdirt

July 29, 2014
The Open Technology Institute has put together a thorough paper detailing the many adverse effects the NSA disclosures have had, both on American businesses inside and outside of the tech sector, as well as on Americans themselves.

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Kerry to focus on India-US ties in his speech today | Hindustan Times

July 28, 2014
Anish Goel, a former White House official dealing with India, said, "I am optimistic about the coming summit, but don't expect a major breakthrough."

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The Biden Agenda | New Yorker

July 28, 2014
Tom Ricks, the military writer, had been a persistent critic of Biden’s judgment on Iraq and Afghanistan; he once titled a blog post “Just how wrong can Joe Biden be?”

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Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help | Yes! Magazine

July 25, 2014
As Seeta Peña Gangadharan argues, “Data literacy can’t be taught by parachute or evangelism. The best thing would be to give resources to schools, libraries, and other community anchor institutions to teach this new material.”

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Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour | Chronicle of Higher Hducation

July 23, 2014
Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at the New America Foundation, said the joint actions show that "policy makers want to dig deeper and see what—if anything—works, for whom it works, and under what conditions it works."

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Bill de Blasio has promised pre-K for all 4-year-olds. Can it get done? | Vox

July 23, 2014
"New York is trying in a matter of six months to build the entire system that DC's got twice or three times over," says Conor Williams, a senior researcher on early education at the New America Foundation. "Don't get me wrong, they have some really smart people… Barring someone with supernatural powers, I just don't know how they get this done in the time they have allotted."

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