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.

One On One: Eric Schmidt On Today's Savvy Media Generation | The Huffington Post

February 3, 2014

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, discusses the mobile revolution as part of The WorldPost's new series, One On One, which gives voice to prominent figures speaking on pressing global issues.

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Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Release US Surveillance Requests | The Guardian

February 3, 2014

Kevin Bankston, the policy director for the Open Technology Institute in Washington, said the amount of information the companies were able to detail about their roles in US surveillance was “far less than what we need for adequate accountability from the government”.

No Peace In Afghanistan Without Tribal Participation | The Nation

February 2, 2014

In 2012, Peter Bergen, CNN's National Security Analyst, wrote: "The tribal fighters of the Awakening movement ended up on the American payroll in the 'Sons of Iraq' program, which by the spring of 2009 had grown to around 100,000 men. Many of those men ...

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Hackathon For Cuba Draws Online Activists To Miami | Al Jazeera America

February 1, 2014

"One main challenge is that the Cuban government seems deeply ambivalent about the Internet," said Emily Parker, a former State Department policy adviser and author of the upcoming book, "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are," a portrait of Internet ...

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NC AT&T Exec Praises FCC Decision Backing Web Technology Tests for Phone Sevice | Tech Wire

January 31, 2014

Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America in Washington D.C., said the lobbying group supports the FCC decision. However, she also said other changes are needed.

'Five Days At Memorial', By Sheri Fink | Financial Times

January 31, 2014

September 11 2001 is remembered as a time when Americans faced a harrowing attack in their streets with grit and resolve. Four years later, televised reports from another calamity offered up a very different America: a superpower unable to cope with a ...

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Political Junkies: SOTU Foreign Policy | HuffPost Live

January 30, 2014

Alyona discusses what we can learn from President Obama's State of the Union address including the end of the Afghanistan War, Iran diplomacy and what might be the political implications of Obama's foreign policy.

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Dan Kurtz-Phelan @dankurtzphelan Fellow at the New America Foundation; Former Adviser to Hillary Clinton

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NCLB Waivers Spawn Confusion About Worst Schools | The Heartland Institute

January 30, 2014

“The untold story of waivers is that with little warning, hundreds of so-called ‘failing’ schools suddenly weren’t ‘failing’ anymore,” said Anne Hyslop, the report’s author and a policy analyst for the New America Foundation.

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Will Work In Beer | Inside Higher Ed

January 30, 2014

Mary Alice McCarthy is a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation who previously worked at the U.S. Department of Education and served as a liaison to the Labor Department. She said the North Carolina colleges did an impressive amount of ...

NSA Appoints Privacy Advocate | U.S. News & World Report

January 29, 2014

The move is a positive step to address public concerns about the NSA's surveillance programs, but action from Congress is also needed, says Kevin Bankston, policy director with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

"The entire concept of separation of powers that is the basis for our form of government rests on the recognition that internal checks and self-regulation are not enough to avoid abuses of power," Bankston says.

The Real Threats from Monopoly - Community Broadband Bits Podcast #83

January 28, 2014

When we think about the threat of monopoly, we almost always focus on how monopolies can raise prices beyond what is reasonable. But there are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. This week, monopoly expert Barry Lynn joins us for the Community Broadband Bits podcast.

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Big Data in Stores

January 28, 2014

Stores are starting to tap into big data in a major way. Retailers are developing new technology to track our shopping habits more closely than ever before, combining data about your purchasing history with real-time analysis of what you’re looking to buy. This raises all kinds of concerns, from privacy to price discrimination.

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DOJ: Google, Microsoft Allowed NSA Request Transparency | US News & World Report

January 28, 2014

The data the companies will be allowed to disclose will not paint a complete picture of which agency is asking for certain information, said Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute think tank, in a release.

US, Tech Firms Agree on Spy Agency Data Disclosure | AFP

January 28, 2014

Kevin Bankston of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, called the news "an important victory in the fight for greater transparency around the NSA's surveillance programs" but said the agreement "falls far short of the level of transparency that an unprecedented coalition of Internet companies, privacy advocates and civil liberties organizations called for this summer."

State of the Union Education Highlights to Be Pre-K, College Cost, Workforce | The Times-Picayune

January 28, 2014

Education Week reports Obama might also tout his efforts to expand technology access in schools. He recently expanded a program that subsidizes school technology purchases.

In all this, ordinary elementary and secondary education might get short shrift. Policy analyst Anne Hyslop told the Education Writers Association, "If we hear much about K-12, it will likely be in the name of improving college readiness, both in terms of academic preparedness and in better information on the college-going process."

Obama Administration to Allow Facebook, Google, Others More NSA Transparency | Politico

January 27, 2014

“Asking the public and policymakers to try to judge the appropriateness of the government’s surveillance practices based on a single, combined, rounded number is like asking a doctor to diagnose a patient’s shadow: only the grossest and most obvious problem, if even that, will be ever be evident,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director of the foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

Feds Reach Settlement With Internet Companies Allowing Them To Report Not Nearly Enough Details On Surveillance Efforts | Tech Dirt

January 27, 2014

This is a step forward, but it's not nearly far enough. As Kevin Bankston notes:

"Asking the public and policymakers to try to judge the appropriateness of the government’s surveillance practices based on a single, combined, rounded number is like asking a doctor to diagnose a patient’s shadow: only the grossest and most obvious problem, if even that, will be ever be evident."

Tech Companies Allowed to Say How Often NSA Comes Calling | Bloomberg

January 27, 2014

The outlines of today’s action were discussed during a meeting between intelligence officials and Justice Department representatives at the White House the night before Obama’s Jan. 17 speech, according to a government official briefed on the matter who described the private session on condition of anonymity.

Kevin Bankston, policy director for the Open Technology Institute in Washington, called the deal “a single battle won in a much longer fight.”

Barack Obama Battles A Sense Of Drift On State Of The Union Goals | Financial Times

January 27, 2014

To boost poor US workers, the president proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 and included the increase in a White House budget. But he was unable to secure its passage.

He vowed to work with states to introduce "high-quality" universal pre-school education. But Lisa Guernsey, an education expert at the New America Foundation, says pre-school became a casualty of bigger fiscal conflicts.

Alexander to Propose Massive Voucher Expansion | Politico

January 27, 2014

Other Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, are staging events at local schools and publishing opinion pieces this week to promote school choice in its many forms.

As a former secretary of education and ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee, Alexander has proposed voucher programs in the past, but the new bill is “definitely much further and much more comprehensive” than his other initiatives, said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

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