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.

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.

House To Mark Up Higher Education Bills | Politico

July 10, 2014

With help from Maggie Severns, Stephanie Simon and Seth Zweifler

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will mark up a series of three higher education bills today as part of its effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The mark up will take place at 10 a.m. in Rayburn House Office Building. The three bills target different areas of higher education policy.

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Gen. Barry Mccaffrey Says Vietnam-Generation Media, Pols Distrust U.S. Military | Breitbart News

July 10, 2014
"So, Iraq is coming apart, and I think in the long run, Richard Haas (president of the Council on Foreign Relations) has a pretty good explanation of it, as does ("American War Generals" executive producer) Peter Bergen, that we're seeing fault lines develop on World War I geographical boundaries that inadequately identified national entities."

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Senate Committee Passes Cybersecurity Bill | The Sentinel

July 10, 2014
“As drafted, CISA would allow vast amounts of Americans’ information to flow indiscriminately to the NSA, without even requiring that all Personally Identifiable Information be stripped,” explained Robyn Greene, Policy Counsel of the Open Technology Institute.

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U.S. Military Sends Scouting Party Into the Twitterverse | TIME

July 10, 2014
But Peter W. Singer, a strategist with the independent New America Foundation, sees it more as Defense Department due diligence. It appears to be “a fairly transparent effort, all done in the open, following academic research standards, aiming to understand critical changes in the social, and therefore, emerging battlefield, environment,” Singer says of DARPA’s efforts. “I am not deeply troubled by this—indeed, I would be troubled if we weren’t doing this kind of research to better understand the changing world around us.”
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Amazon vs. Hachette Hurts You | USA Today

July 9, 2014
Lina Khan: "Authors, publishers and others from the literary world reacted to Amazon's latest play with alarm, cautioning that its brute exercise of power threatens not only the economic underpinnings of their industry, but also the very quality of books and diversity of ideas. Amazon, meanwhile, has tried to defuse the frenzy of attention, explaining that its tactics are just a routine part of how retailers negotiate with suppliers. (Amazon's) share of the e-book market has (risen), positioning it to leverage that market power against Hachette.

House Plans To Pass WIOA Today | Politico

July 9, 2014

With help from Brooks Boliek, Maggie Severns and Seth Zweifler.

The House is expected to take up the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act today. A refresher: The bill would streamline federal workforce programs and overhaul the job training system for young people with disabilities. It’s expected to move fast on the House floor under suspension of the rules, with only 40 minutes of debate and no amendments. The bill passed the Senate in June, and is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding | Truthdig

July 9, 2014
Anand Gopal has argued convincingly that US troops left in Afghanistan got drawn into tribal feuds and destabilized the south and east of the country, whereas in the north, NATO forces that were less kinetic managed to keep calm.

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The Costs of Big Data | Inside Higher Ed

July 9, 2014

The article itself, by education journalist Anya Kamenetz, describes Purdue's Course Signals, a kind of semiautomated system to alert students to when they're in danger of doing poorly in a course.

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Why Do Chinese Students Know More About Money Than Americans Do? | The Atlantic

July 9, 2014

“There’s a lot we don’t know about what works in financial education,” said Reid Cramer, director of the Assets Building Program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. “We don’t know how information translates to knowledge, and there’s real challenge to teaching people who aren’t connected to financial systems in a basic way.”

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All Eyes on Senate Intel | Politico

July 8, 2014
New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute policy counsel Robyn Greene said the bill must "not result in de facto sharing with the NSA."

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How your local library can help you resist the surveillance state | Waging Non-Violence

July 8, 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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