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.

Eric Schmidt On Google's Driverless Cars | The Wall Street Journal

May 28, 2014

Eric Schmidt on Google's Driverless Cars. Google has developed the first driverless-car prototype. The WSJ's Deborah Kan talks to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt about why the company hasn't set a release date for its new innovation. Up Next ...

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Foreign Fighters Don't Always Help | The Washington Post

May 28, 2014

As noted by Peter Bergen and Alec Reynolds about Iraq in the early 2000s, “The Jordanian Anu Musab al-Zarqawi, another alumnus of the Afghan war, is perhaps the most effective insurgent commander in the field.” For domestic rebels, the added expertise ...

Comcast Promised Poor Americans Cheap Internet, But Most of Them Didn’t Get It

May 28, 2014

Using a low-priced Internet package to push through a merger or meet other corporate goals is not a good way to serve the public interest, said Seeta Peña Gangadharan, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

EWA National Seminar: How to Tell a Compelling Story | Education Writers Association

May 28, 2014

Lisa Guernsey’s advice? Be fair, be evidence-based, and be measured in your writing. The former journalist now directs the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, which won Best Blog in EWA’s national awards. She says it was “tricky,” switching from a newspaper environment to the policy sphere, where writers have to assume more authority in their prose—and that makes it all the more important to fact-check yourself. As writers carve out expertise in specific issue areas, it’s sometimes easy to fall back on stock phrases or oft-cited statistics without much thought.

When College Isn'T Worth It | GPB

May 28, 2014

The New York Times highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising.

Boko Haram Shows Changing Al Qaeda Threat | Reuters

May 27, 2014

Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert at the New America Foundation and author of four books on al Qaeda, said Boko Haram and similar groups wreak havoc in the countries where they operate. But they currently pose little threat to the United States because ...

Will Pilgrim's Pride Win Over Hillshire? | Bloomberg

May 27, 2014

May 27 (Bloomberg) -- Jones Day Partner Robert Profusek and Author of “The Meat Racket” Christopher Leonard examine Pilgrim's Pride 6.4 billion dollar bid for Hillshire brands. They speak with Trish Regan, Julie Hyman, and Drew Armstrong on Bloomberg ...

U.S. To Keep 9800 Troops In Afghanistan At Year-End | Al Jazeera America

May 27, 2014

Anand Gopal, a fellow at the New America Foundation, said the U.S. withdrawal would be largely inconsequential. The prospects for the move spurring any movement toward peace talks are fragile, he said, and — in agreement with the senior security ...

Author Anand Gopal: Afghanistan Is Not Much Better Off Than It Was In 2001 | The Huffington Post

May 27, 2014

The scheduled departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the end of the year begs the question whether the country is better off than it was in 2001? According to acclaimed journalist and author Anand Gopal, the answer differs from region to region ...

NARENDRA MODI SWORN IN AS INDIAN PM | FSN Radio

May 26, 2014

The US-India relationship has been on rocky territory recently – but Anish Goel, a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation’s International Security Program, says India’s new leadership now needs to make an effort to move forward.

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Obama Scheduled To Give A Redundant Foreign Policy Speech | The American Conservative

May 26, 2014

But I doubt that is the case now. Either way, the implications for U.S. foreign policy are immense. Anatol Lieven of King's College, London, has noted: “Whether in the Euro-Atlantic or the Asia-Pacific, great power relations are becoming more ...

Mass Collection Of Student Data Raises Privacy Concerns | NPR

May 26, 2014

For many parents and some legislators, the mass collection of data also raises serious privacy issues for children. We're going to get two angles on this emerging issue now. First, an overview from NPR education team blogger Anya Kamenetz, who's been ...

NSA Reform to Be ‘Fight of the Summer’ | The Hill

May 25, 2014

“We were of course very disappointed at the weakening of the bill,” said Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. “Right now we really are turning our attention to the Senate to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

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May 24, 2014 Show | Politics and Reality Radio

May 24, 2014

Finally, we'll be joined by Rachel Black, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundations asset-building program to talk about, well, asset-building.

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Why All Screen Time Isn’t Created Equally | The Hechinger Report

May 23, 2014

The thought is so alluring that parents often ask early education teachers what the best apps are, said Lisa Guernsey, speaking at the national seminar of the Education Writer’s Association in Nashville this week.

The next question gets asked just as often, said Guernsey, whose book Screen Time, looks at ways electronic media affect young children.

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Have Job, Will Enroll | Inside Higher Ed

May 23, 2014

Startups like Workforce IO and WorkAmerica are responding to a real problem, said Mary Alice McCarthy, senior policy analyst for the New America Foundation, who previously worked for both the U.S. Department of Labor and the Education Department.

Even For Censorship Savvy China, Icts Can Cut Through Corruption, Study Finds | TechPresident

May 23, 2014

A 2009 study of Chinese censorship by Rebecca MacKinnon revealed that sometimes 50 percent or more of posts with censor-trigger words remain online. While “corruption” is one of 50 categories under which officials censor materials, a test revealed that ...

House-Approved USA Freedom Bill Disappoints Original Supporters | WUWM

May 23, 2014

WELNA: Indeed, Kevin Bankston of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute says he and other civil liberties watchdogs are far from satisfied.

KEVIN BANKSTON: So we're hopeful that we will be able to get at least some of the key reforms that were watered down in this House version of the USA Freedom Act reinserted in the Senate.

Modi's Moment | Global Journalist

May 22, 2014

“[Modi] still needs to show that he’s a willing partner, not only to Congress but to the other regional parties as well,” said Anish Goel, South Asia Fellow at the New America Foundation in an interview with Global Journalist. “India’s system is very decentralized when it comes to foreign investment and economic growth, that’s partly why Modi was able to have such impressive effects when he was governor of Gujarat.”

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