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.

Leahy's new USA Freedom Act — Out this morning: The costs of surveillance — FCC Commissioners talk telecom policy with MMTC | Politico

July 29, 2014
— AND, NEW THIS MORNING: THE COSTS OF NSA SURVEILLANCE — A lengthy new report from New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute crunches the numbers to outline some of the broader impacts of the NSA's surveillance — shifting the focus, at least for a minute, away from the impacts on privacy. Much of the report synthesizes earlier research, from findings on the multi-billion dollar impact of the revelations to cloud computing and web hosting companies to data on the way the Snowden docs changed our trade relations in Europe and elsewhere.

Tech Companies Reel as NSA's Spying Tarnishes Reputations | Bloomberg

July 29, 2014
U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency’s power to spy on customers isn’t curbed, researchers with the New America Foundation said in a report today

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Kerry to focus on India-US ties in his speech today | Hindustan Times

July 28, 2014
Anish Goel, a former White House official dealing with India, said, "I am optimistic about the coming summit, but don't expect a major breakthrough."

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The Biden Agenda | New Yorker

July 28, 2014
Tom Ricks, the military writer, had been a persistent critic of Biden’s judgment on Iraq and Afghanistan; he once titled a blog post “Just how wrong can Joe Biden be?”

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Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help | Yes! Magazine

July 25, 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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Did Hillary's Book Tour Work? | Politico

July 24, 2014
Anne-Marie Slaughter
President of the New America Foundation and former State Department official
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Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour | Chronicle of Higher Hducation

July 23, 2014
Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at the New America Foundation, said the joint actions show that "policy makers want to dig deeper and see what—if anything—works, for whom it works, and under what conditions it works."

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Bill de Blasio has promised pre-K for all 4-year-olds. Can it get done? | Vox

July 23, 2014
"New York is trying in a matter of six months to build the entire system that DC's got twice or three times over," says Conor Williams, a senior researcher on early education at the New America Foundation. "Don't get me wrong, they have some really smart people… Barring someone with supernatural powers, I just don't know how they get this done in the time they have allotted."

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The Hillary Show | New Yorker

July 22, 2014
She was the first professional woman to have an operational role” as First Lady, Kati Marton, the author of “Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History,” told me. “She treated the role as if it were a job. This was jarring to many.”

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All Aboard for Net Neutrality | In These Times

July 22, 2014
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, says the FCC’s notice and comment period tends to be more about “performing participation” than actually framing rules over majority opinion.

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A Lose-Lose Game | CTV

July 22, 2014
Click here to see Lisa Goldman's interview on why an Israel ground offensive could have terrible consequences.

Israel's Ground Invasion of Gaza | Ian Masters Background Briefing

July 22, 2014
Lisa Goldman, the Director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation, joins us to discuss the apparent symbiosis between Israeli hardliners and Hamas hardliners, neither of whom seem to be bothered by civilian casualties and neither of whom have any apparent vision beyond a reciprocal cycle of tit-for-tat violence and retribution.

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Battle on Many Fronts to Get NYC Wired | City Limits

July 22, 2014
Those nodes use Commotion software deployed by New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) to emit their signals and connect to one another—creating the mesh. For Georgia Bullen of OTI, communities don't just need Internet access—which a mesh may or may not provide—they need "infrastructure that grows with the community." OTI has applied for grant money from the NYC Economic Development Corporation's initiative Rise : NYC—to set up similar networks elsewhere in the city.

Colleges Must Help Further The Goals Of Common Core Standards, Report Says | Chronicle Of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

The report's author, Lindsey Tepe, a program associate in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, welcomed their involvement but said colleges needed to play a more active role in working with schools to define the standards.

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Air Canada Cancels Flight to Tel Aviv over Safety Concerns | CTV

July 22, 2014
Air Canada is among the airlines that cancelled a flight to Tel Aviv Tuesday after reports a rocket exploded not far from the city’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

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Book Review: 'Making David Into Goliath | Washington Times

July 21, 2014
When Israel’s neighbors launched a surprise invasion in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, oil-producing Arab states threatened to cut supply to any country offering Israel assistance. The results of the embargo threat exceeded Arab expectations, fundamentally realigning “the geopolitics of the Middle East and the entire world,” according to historian Daniel Yergin.
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Sharp Divide Seen in Net Neutrality Comments on Rules for Mobile Broadband | Communications Daily

July 21, 2014
Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a news release the revised rules should not treat wireless and wireless differently. “The FCC must not create two different Internets, one wireline and open, the other wireless and closed,” Calabrese said Thursday. “Individuals will increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that will connect to the Internet over a variety of fixed and mobile carrier networks de- pending on location, need and cost.”

House Republicans Are Killing the Dream of Local High-Speed Fiber Internet | Motherboard

July 21, 2014
"This comes down to the issue of local choice. It's a matter of whether broadband services in an area meet the needs of the community," Patrick Lucey, a researcher who studies municipal broadband for the New America Foundation, told me. "Over the next year or two, more and more cities are going to be discussing this issue for themselves, and what's happening [in Congress] is harmful to that debate."

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Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Is the Tech World’s Envoy | New York Times

July 20, 2014
“He brings a much more Washington sensibility to the West Coast than many of his peers,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official who now runs the New America Foundation and attended Princeton University with Mr. Smith. “He recognizes the necessity of government engagement. Government is not just an entity for favors. It has to be part of the solution.”

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