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.

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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NSA Critics | FCW

July 8, 2014
Kevin Bankston, policy director at New America's Open Technology Institute, which hosted the July 7 discussion panel in Washington, D.C., began by listing ways he said the NSA has undercut Internet security. The charges included: “inserting backdoors into widely used computer hardware and software products” and “stockpiling vulnerabilities in commercial software that we use every day, rather than making sure those security flaws get fixed.”

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Department of Education Says It Is Not Responsible for Closing For-Profit College | Buzzfeed

July 8, 2014

The Department of Education had to make clear it had not intentionally shut down the school in part because of its fraught history with attempts to regulate the for-profit industry, said Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst with the New America Foundation.

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Behind the Downfall of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. | Politico

July 8, 2014

"Maggie Severns writes: 'Corinthian Colleges, Inc. already had been struggling in recent years: The company's stock price slumped along with enrollment. Allegations of poor business practices have spurred investigations from several federal agencies and more than a dozen states. But when the U.S.

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Post Afghan Election Protests Amid Hope and Havoc | Voice of Russia

July 8, 2014
“IEC rushed [in announcing the preliminary results] even though there was already a delay knowing how sensitive the situation is, they should have contemplated auditing more sites” said Ambassador Omar Samad, founder and president of Silkroad Consulting L.L.C. based in Virginia. He served as Ambassador of Afghanistan to France (2009-2011), and Ambassador to Canada (2004-2009) and he is currently senior central Asia Fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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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Corinthian's Dismantling Begins | Inside Higher Ed

July 7, 2014

For example, Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation and former department official, has written about Corinthian's poor showing on "gainful employment" and student loan default metrics. Most campuses besides Heald lag badly ...

Editorial: New Rules Needed For Use Of Drones | Metrowest Daily News

July 7, 2014

The authors of this report are not pacifist human rights crusaders. They include retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, the former commander of U.S. Central Command; Philip Mudd, a former deputy director of the CIA's counterterrorism Center; and John B ...

Big Push This Month for More Widespread Cybersecurity Effort | San Francisco Chronicle

July 5, 2014
"Cybersecurity information-sharing legislation should be written such that only cybersecurity threat information is shared with the government, and it's done in a privacy protecting way," said Robyn Greene, policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute.

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U.S. Military Turns to Hollywood to Outfit the Soldier of the Future | Wall Street Journal

July 4, 2014
"You can see the long-term vision but, for now, much of it remains in the realm of science fiction and entertainment," said Peter Singer, a senior fellow with the New America Foundation's Future of War project. "There's a long way to go, but the technical barriers are not insurmountable."

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