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.

How the Internet Works, and Why It’s Impossible to Know What Makes Your Netflix Slow | Quartz

March 21, 2014

“Anyone can develop tools that became large disruptive services,” Sarah Morris, a tech policy counsel at the New America Foundation, says. “That’s the reason the internet has evolved the way it has, led to the growth of companies like Google and Netflix, and supported all sorts of interesting things like Wikipedia.”

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What Pilot's Flight Simulator Could Reveal About Flight 370 | Fox News

March 21, 2014

Appearing on “America's Newsroom” on Friday, former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd weighed in on what information might be obtained about the missing plane. He said that experts will first look at what Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deleted in an effort ...

The Wireless Wars | Slate

March 21, 2014

“AT&T and Verizon have put on a full-scale lobbying campaign and they’re spreading money all over town and writing op-eds,” said Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation, which supports limits. “Each side is trying to pressure the FCC, sometimes with public letters, and sometimes with research, and equally often it’s with private phone calls.”

Breaking America's Meat Monopoly

March 20, 2014

Barry Lynn, director of New America's Market, Enterprise, and Resiliency project, said “Maybe it's time for a citizen's revolt.” Maybe he's right. If the market normalizes, we can afford a lot more respect to animals, farmers, and ourselves. Cyrus ...

Book Review: 'Now I Know Who My Comrades Are' By Emily Parker

March 20, 2014

... Short position which hosted the site, shut it down in 2005. Writing under the pen name Michael Anti, he is today one of China's most well-known bloggers. "The Internet made me know who I am," he tells Emily Parker. "Now I know who my comrades are.".

A Qualified Yes On Unit Records

March 20, 2014

The lack of a student record system hinders our ability to understand our industry, as New America's Clare McCann and Amy Laitinen point out, and understanding the higher education landscape remains ever more challenging for consumers.

Florida Stop Common Core Coalition Says Education Testing Company Promotes Gay Lifestyle to School Children | PolitiFact

March 19, 2014

"AIR is known for being an independent and important provider of high-quality educational research, resources, and training for federal, state, and local stakeholders," said Anne Hyslop of the New America Foundation. "Their work is widely respected, and they have a long history of producing valuable contributions to the field."

She suggested that the attack had more to do with the Common Core than with AIR itself. AIR received no criticism when selected to develop Florida’s hotly controversial "value-added" model of teacher evaluations.

Time, Not Money, At Issue for Race to Top States | Politico

March 19, 2014

States really seem to be struggling with instituting new data systems and new teacher evaluation plans, said Andy Smarick, partner at Bellwether Education. Meeting timelines has also been a bear, said Anne Hyslop, policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

“They’re making progress and they’re doing good work, but it also sounds like a lot of things haven’t gone as planned and there’s been a lot of delays,” she said.

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Web At 25: Will Balkanization Kill The Global Internet? | The World Post

March 19, 2014

“The national Internet is a slogan used by different governments for different reasons. … [T]here are differences in their approaches to the Internet itself,” Tim Maurer of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute told The WorldPost. "Iran and China see a threat to social stability, while Brazil and Germany are more concerned about protection against surveillance and economic development."

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What Happens If a State Loses Its NCLB Waiver? | Education Week

March 18, 2014

"It has to be painful enough so that other states see losing a waiver as something that they don't want to go through," said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation. "It can't just be a perfectly consequence-free scenario, but it also needs to reflect some common sense."

One major issue the department will need to work out is exactly where a state that has had its waiver revoked must start on NCLB's timetable, Hyslop said.

How to Fix Higher Education | Reuters

March 17, 2014

There are two really deep problems that plague U.S. higher education. The first is the absence of useful and reliable data that students and parents can use to evaluate programs of all kinds. In “College Blackout: How the Higher Education Lobby Fought to Keep Students in the Dark,” Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann of the New America Foundation recount how the private nonprofit higher education lobby has fought against efforts to create a federal student unit record system.

Florida Schools Chief Picks AIR For Next Statewide Test | State Impact

March 17, 2014

Another big question is whether Florida will be able to use the AIR exam results to compare student performance with other states — one of the selling points of Common Core. Stewart said comparing results with other states would be a “bonus,” but choosing a test which measured Florida’s standards was the first priority.

New American foundation policy analyst Anne Hyslop said comparing state results will still be possible with the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters | KPLU

March 17, 2014

This is where support for NCLB began to break down, says the New America Foundation's Anne Hyslop.

"It doesn't make sense to label every single school in a state as not meeting expectations or not doing well," she said. "That's not useful to anybody."

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How the Meat Industry Killed the Free Market | Salon

March 15, 2014

The dark secrets behind America’s meat industry are enough to make us sick – and according to journalist Christopher Leonard, that’s only the start of it. Our health, the well-being of animals and large swaths of rural America are all under threat by America’s monopolized meat industry, Leonard says, and the full extent to which it’s taken over should be making us a lot angrier than it is.

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Barack Obama Cracks Down On For-Profit Colleges

March 14, 2014

Ben Miller, senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation, said the removal of two provisions might weaken the rule. For programs that lose their eligibility for financial aid under the administration's proposal, a provision that would have ...

Regulating For-Profit Colleges: On To The Next Round

March 14, 2014

(If you're trying to decode the endless document containing the rule, your best guide is New America's Ben Miller.) The Administration has accompanied this somewhat mild rule with a press release (below) containing some of its toughest rhetoric yet ...

Free Flow of Information or Censorship? | KCRW

March 14, 2014

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink Win Book Awards | The New York Times

March 14, 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink were among the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards, named Thursday night in New York City. The awards, given annually to books published in the United States in English, are chosen by a group of nearly 600 critics and editors from major publications that cover books.

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