New America in the News: 2012

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.

Report: Data Caps Just A "Cash Cow" For Internet Providers | Ars Technica

December 18, 2012

Those are the questions posed by a new paper from the New America Foundation, which wants to shake up the lethargy that has descended over the data caps debate by pointing out just how odd the caps truly are. "Internet service and mobile providers ...

Detroit Is The Testing Ground For A New Open Source Wireless Network Technology | GigaOm

December 18, 2012

The network is being built by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI), which has completed the first phase of construction of this network in the Cass Corridor section of Detroit. It plans to publicly release Commotion in early ...

Editorial: In Tragedy's Wake, Let's Listen For New Ideas | Corvallis Gazette Times

December 18, 2012

Still, there might be room even in this debate to push forward some new (and not so new) ideas. For example, the time is long past to consider closing the so-called gun show loophole. And we were intrigued by an idea from writer Robert Wright: Make it ...

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Study: Limited Competition Results In Caps, Overages | DSL Reports

December 18, 2012

"Data caps may be good for the short-term profits of broadband providers and please investors, but they are not benefiting innovation or access to the Internet," said OTI Policy Director Benjamin Lennett. "Costs for providing broadband connectivity are ...

Study Says Data Caps A Hallmark Of An 'Uncompetitive Broadband Marketplace' | Fiercetelecom

December 18, 2012

... to manage the flood of new data traffic, many boast to Wall Street of their rapidly declining costs for equipment and transporting data, despite adding more and more subscribers to their network," said Benjamin Lennett, OTI policy director, in a ...

Medicare Patients' Elective Surgeries Linked To Where They Live | Reporternews.Com

December 18, 2012

"Many patients aren't even aware that the choice about elective surgery is theirs to make," said lead author Shannon Brownlee. "The result is that patients don't really get the treatment they prefer." The report by the group, which is affiliated with ...

Profit-Hungry Broadband Providers Are Gouging Customers With Unnecessary ... | The Verge

December 18, 2012

But a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute pokes big holes into the practice of implementing data caps, and concludes that broadband providers are creating unnecessary scarcity not for technically sound reasons, but ...

Bombings Rip Through Iraq, Reportedly Killing At Least 25 | Los Angeles Times

December 17, 2012

Some believe that the Al Qaeda affiliate was also behind the attacks in the contested regions, rather than the players in the Kurdish dispute themselves. "This is almost certainly Al Qaeda in Iraq just trying to sow chaos," said Douglas Ollivant, a ...

Mainstream Media Declares War On 2nd Amendment | Market Daily News

December 17, 2012

The Atlantic's Senior Editor Robert Wright offered, “A Gun Control Law that Would Actually Work,” going beyond the assault weapons ban Senator Dianne Feinstein has promised she will introduce during Congress' first 2013 session. Wright calls for a ban ...

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Zero Dark Thirty 'Heroine' 'Is A Guy, Not A Female', Claims Terror Expert ... | Daily Mail

December 17, 2012

'The guy who was on the account from 2003 to May 1, 2011, when bin Laden was killed, and the guy who was always saying ... that bin Laden is living in the mysterious compound in Abbottabad — that guy is a guy, he's not a female,' writer Peter Bergen ...

Should We Cap Guns At Six Bullets? | The Daily Beast

December 17, 2012

Robert Wright proposes limiting firearms to six bullets and banning detachable magazines. The sort of law I'm describing would make lots of current guns illegal. (I actually own one.) So you'd have to phase the law in over a couple of years, and, to ...

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Report: Fox News Producers Told To Avoid Gun Policy Talk Last Weekend | Salon

December 17, 2012

Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine reports that David Clark, an executive producer in charge of the weekend coverage, instructed producers to stay away from the topic — much to their chagrin. Sherman writes: “This network is not going there,” Clark ...

OTI Report: Data Caps the Result of Decreasing Competition | CED Magazine

December 17, 2012

A new report from the Open Technology Institute (OTI) suggests that carrier-implemented data caps are unnecessary and are a result of decreasing competition in the U.S. wireline and wireless markets.

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'Heroine' CIA Agent Who Hunted Down Bin Laden For A Decade And Inspired Zero ... | Daily Mail

December 17, 2012

'The guy who was on the account from 2003 to May 1, 2011, when bin Laden was killed, and the guy who was always saying ... that bin Laden is living in the mysterious compound in Abbottabad — that guy is a guy, he's not a female,' writer Peter Bergen ...

Hunt For Bin Laden More Than Just One Woman's Fight | NPR

December 16, 2012

It's not inaccurate, but it's not wholly accurate," says writer Peter Bergen, who himself has spent many years tracking Osama bin Laden. Bergen has written four books about al-Qaida, the most recent one is Manhunt, about the hunt for bin Laden. He told ...

Dartmouth Research Suggests Location Determines Who Is Cut When | Tyler Morning Telegraph

December 16, 2012

Shannon Brownlee, lead author and instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, said when a treatment is elective, or what they call preference sensitive, there is no one right treatment for that condition. Each option ...

Movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' Stokes Debate On Cia Torture | Myrtlebeachonline.Com

December 16, 2012

Now, in an odd turn, Democrats and others fear that the movie may give credence to those who say torture was necessary to track down bin Laden. Those concerns are echoed by Peter Bergen, an intelligence expert who advised Boal and Bigelow on the film.

Just Call Me Osama | New York Post

December 16, 2012

Very seriously, as it turns out. On his own initiative, Sekhon spent eight weeks preparing for the role. He plowed through an extensive reading list filled with books about the Middle East and terrorism by Peter Bergen, Reza Aslan, Jason Burke and others.

Bin Laden Film Hits The Big Screen, But How Much Of Zero Dark Thirty Is Fact? | The Telegraph (U.K.)

December 15, 2012

And while Peter Bergen, a national security expert and unpaid adviser to Zero Dark Thirty, praised the new movie as a "great piece of film-making" that raises "difficult questions most Hollywood movies shy away from", he also noted that the suggestion ...

Zero Dark Thirty's Tortured Defence | Times Of India

December 15, 2012

But CNN's national security analyst, Peter Bergen, says that torture had no part in identifying the courier. Bergen points out that Diane Feinstein and Carl Lewin, influential senators who have been investigating the efficacy of CIA's 'enhanced ...

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