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New America in the News: 2013

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.

Feds Expand Experimentation with Financial Aid

December 31, 2013

Congress is unlikely to spend new money on financial aid, or on education research, said Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the New America Foundation’s education policy program ...

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For a Better Brain, A Plan to Feed It Stories | Forbes

December 29, 2013

Last year, Annie Murphy Paul pulled together substantial research for The New York Times and concludes with researcher Keith Oatley stating, ”Just as computer simulations can help us get to grips with complex problems such as flying a plane or ...

Still Out There and Growing -- Al Qaeda on the Rebound, Experts Say | CNN International

December 28, 2013

However, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen said earlier this month that the data on al Qaeda-linked or influenced militants indicted in the United States suggests that the threat of terrorism has actually markedly declined over the past couple ...

Books, TV, Movies to Watch For in 2014 | Politico

December 25, 2013

New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman had been set to release his book “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country” in May 2013. But even though it was delayed, that didn't stop it from ...

How Paternity Leave For New Dads Benefit Women | NPR

December 24, 2013

David Greene talks to Liza Mundy about her article "The Daddy Track." In The Atlantic magazine, she writes about how women benefit when men take paternity leave. Mundy is a program director at the New America Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that focuses on a variety of issues.

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Up Front | KPFA

December 23, 2013

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Al Qaeda: We're Sorry About Yemen Hospital Attack | CNN

December 22, 2013

It's unusual to see "such a direct, fast, public apology" from al Qaeda, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said. "Al Qaeda leaders seem to be waking up to the fact that if they position themselves as the defenders of Muslims, their large-scale ...

Debate Over NSA Surveillance Shifts with Judge's Ruling, Task Force Report | PC World

December 20, 2013

"At this point, the NSA’s bulk collection program has been roundly and unanimously criticized by privacy and civil liberties advocates, the Internet industry, a bipartisan selection of key Congressional leaders, a federal court, and the president’s own hand-picked panel of advisors,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, another group critical of the NSA programs. “The tide had definitively turned against the NSA’s mass surveillance practices.”

AT&T Follows Verizon With Plans For Transparency Report

December 20, 2013

“This is a watershed moment,” said Kevin Bankston, Policy Director of New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. “In the space of 24 hours, transparency reporting has become the norm in the telecommunications industry.

The Challenge of Getting the Truth About China | NPR

December 20, 2013

During Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to China, he complained to the highest officials about the treatment of western reporters. After weeks of anxiety for some two-dozen western reporters, the Chinese government is renewing some press passes. Yesterday, Bloomberg News said its reporters' finally had been granted the annual renewal of their press cards. The New York Times says the same for some, but not all, of its staff in China. Visas will probably follow. But one veteran of 18 years may never return to the country, and others have now been warned.

Congressional NSA Critics: Review Panel Report Gives 'Momentum' for Reform | The Guardian

December 19, 2013

Civil liberties groups who back the USA Freedom Act’s flat prohibition on bulk domestic phone data collection flatly rejected having the phone companies or other “private parties” hold the data for NSA to query.

Verizon to Publish Transparency Report Amid NSA Furor | Time

December 19, 2013

Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a public interest organization that has been leading the campaign for greater transparency with respect to U.S. surveillance programs, praised Verizon’s decision. “We’ve had our differences in the past with Verizon on issues such as net neutrality, but it looks like we are united in our belief that surveillance transparency reporting by telephone and Internet companies should be the norm going forward,” she said.

No Literary Horse Race, Just Books We Like | New York Times

December 19, 2013

That means that at least two widely praised works of nonfiction — Peter Baker's “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” and Sheri Fink's “Five Days at Memorial” (part of which originally appeared in The Times Magazine) — weren't covered by us.

Yahoo to Facebook Get What They Wanted From NSA Review | Businessweek

December 19, 2013

The only acceptable revision is to stop the collection of bulk data, Kevin Bankston, policy director for the Washington-based Open Technology Institute, a policy and research organization, said in a phone interview.

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Verizon to Reveal Subpoenas, Court Orders in Transparency Reports | The Hill

December 19, 2013

...The report “will contribute to their customers' understanding about the privacy of their communications and to the public understanding of the scope of law enforcement demands,” he said.

Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, applauded Verizon for “following the example of the Internet industry and taking a leadership position amongst the telephone companies on the issue of transparency reporting on law enforcement requests.”

Panel Tells Obama to Curb NSA Spy Program | The Charlotte Observer

December 19, 2013

The Open Technology Institute hailed some of the findings but called on Obama to end the bulk collection program entirely. The group’s policy director, Kevin Bankston, said Obama should “consider the positive reforms contained in the review group report as the floor, not the ceiling, when it comes to reining in the NSA’s massive surveillance programs and enacting meaningful reforms.”

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NSA Review Panel Stops Short of Concrete Surveillance Reforms | The Guardian

December 18, 2013

Sascha Meinrath, the director of the Open Technology Institute and an adviser to the review group, was encouraged by the recommendation, despite long skepticism about the review group's work. “The review group's recommendations that the US ...

Most of NCLB's 'Failing' Schools Were Not Targeted the Following Year | U.S. News & World Report

December 17, 2013

In a new report from the New America Foundation, released Tuesday, Policy Analyst Anne Hyslop analyzed data from more than 20,000 schools in 16 states that received NCLB waivers for the 2012-13 school year. On average, two-thirds of the schools identified for improvement under NCLB for the 2011-12 school year were not identified once waivers allowed states to develop accountability systems that ranked schools on a relative basis of school performance, rather than an absolute basis.

"It's kind of like grading on a curve," Hyslop says.

Are NCLB Waiver States Intervening in the Right Schools? | Education Week

December 17, 2013

For half of the worst NCLB-era schools in 15 states, waivers proved to be an escape hatch, according to a new paper released today from New America Foundation policy analyst Anne Hyslop, who has delivered some of the most comprehensive research yet on the implications of new NCLB waivers. In the 15 waiver states she surveyed, more than half of schools that were in NCLB restructuring during the 2011-12 school year were not on their state's list of the bottom 15 percent "priority" or "focus" schools under waivers.

The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014 | Huffington Post

December 17, 2013

Science journalist Annie Murphy Paul shows us that it's false: intelligence is a renewable resource. In Origins, she revealed that the nature-nurture debate has overlooked the formative nine months that we spend in the womb. Now, she marshals two ...

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