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.

Boston Teens Vote on City Budget

July 1, 2014
“Cities across the country should examine Boston’s process for critical lessons about making urban governance more open, accountable, and participatory,” wrote Hollie Russon Gilman of Harvard’s Ash Center. 

Worse Than Michelle Rhee: Teachers And Public Schools Have A Shocking New ... | Salon

July 1, 2014

In another recent conversation occurring on Salon with Thomas Frank, Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation pointed out that the Democratic Party, which has been serving as home for the left, suffers from a schism. Although Lynn's analysis pertained ...

Mideast Crises Raise Global Concern | CNN

July 1, 2014

CNN Iraq discussion w/Brianna Keilar, Tara Maller & Philip Mudd

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The Government Is About to Report on Its Own Spying. Here's What to Watch For. | National Journal

July 1, 2014

Kevin Bankston, the policy director for the Open Technology Institute, said he expects that policymakers will be "paying very close attention" to what the report says on backdoor searches.

"At this point, it's clear that the U.S. government is doing a substantial amount of surveillance related to U.S. persons using this Section 702 authority that's supposed to be directed outside of the country," he said. "And that backdoor needs to be shut."

Public Interest Groups, Advocates For Unlicensed, Get Bigger Role on CSMAC | Communications Daily

July 1, 2014

The Obama administration is expanding public interest group representation on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, which was created under President George W. Bush to improve management of the airwaves. Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will join longtime member Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation, who was reappointed as a public interest group member of CSMAC. Both have been strong advocates of unlicensed spectrum. Feld had sought to become a member in the past but had been turned down.

A Quick Way to Build a Wireless Network | Governing

July 1, 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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Boston Teens Vote on City Budget | The Epoch Times

July 1, 2014

“Cities across the country should examine Boston’s process for critical lessons about making urban governance more open, accountable, and participatory,” wrote Hollie Russon Gilman of Harvard’s Ash Center. I say—hear, hear!

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State Schools Chief Glenda Ritz Faces Waiver Deadline Today | Indy Star

June 30, 2014

Anne Hyslop, an education analyst with the nonprofit public policy institute New American Foundation, said the recent federal review seeks clarity but does not question policy, an indication that Ritz and her department are on track to retain the waiver.

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Republicans Have Made Up Their Minds About Common Core | State Impact

June 30, 2014

As the New America Foundation’s Conor P. Williams wrote last week, Common Core supporters have an enthusiasm problem. That’s because people who see the standards as a reasonable idea aren’t likely to work as hard in support of Common Core as opponents are against the standards.

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Spy Agencies Disclose Data on 'Backdoor' Spying of Americans | National Journal

June 30, 2014

"This is just the very type of backdoor searching that nearly three out of four representatives voted to stop just a few weeks ago," said Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. "At this point, it's clear that the U.S. government is doing a substantial amount of surveillance related to U.S. persons using this Section 702 authority that's supposed to be directed outside of the country."

Anti-Hacking Team Sees 'Red Threat' Unless Firms Share Data | Bloomberg

June 30, 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,” Robyn Greene, policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute, said in a phone interview.

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Google Boss Eric Schmidt Leads a Visit to Cuba | TIME

June 30, 2014

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has visited Cuba to promote “a free and open Internet,” the country's independent online newspaper 14yMedio reported on Saturday. Company executives Jared Cohen, Brett Perlmutter and Dan Keyserling also joined ...

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Free Markets Killed Capitalism | Salon

June 29, 2014

Barry C. Lynn is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of two important books, “End of the Line” and ”Cornered,” the latter of which describes the dramatic return of monopoly to the American landscape. Both books had a big effect on me when they appeared, as did Lynn’s periodic articles in Harper’s Magazine describing the concentration of economic power in all sorts of different industries. One of the reasons his books startled me is the weird silence of virtually all our other popular economic writers on the subject.

Why Pediatricians Are Prescribing Books | Time

June 28, 2014

Interestingly, families who participate in Reach Out and Read are also more likely to show up for their doctors' appointments: yet another way that health and learning can work together. Annie Murphy Paul writes The Brilliant Blog and is the author of ...

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The Other College Crisis | Fortune

June 27, 2014

A forthcoming report by the New America Education Policy Program argues that if elementary and high school teachers are preparing students for college, and the assessments they use provide meaningful information to colleges on student preparation, ...

Libraries Hope to Help Close the Digital Divide by Lending WiFi Hotspots | Tech President

June 27, 2014

“The ways in which you demonstrate impact requires that you're asking information from people and/or monitoring them in a non-invasive way,” Seeta Peña Gangadharan, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI), tells techPresident. “Both of which raise questions about is that right?”

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The College-Cost Denial Industry | Al Jazeera America

June 27, 2014

A much-publicized policy brief by Jason Delisle of the New America Foundation in March begins with the leading question “Is America's student debt problem due more to expensive graduate degrees than unaffordable undergraduate educations?

Why the Supreme Court May Finally Protect Your Privacy in the Cloud | Wired

June 26, 2014

The key realization in Roberts’ ruling, according to Center For Democracy and Technology attorney Kevin Bankston, can be summarized as “digital is different.” Modern phones generate a volume of private data that means they require greater protection than other non-digital sources of personal information. “Easy analogies of digital to traditional analog surveillance won’t cut it,” Bankston says.

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You Should Ditch Work to Go Watch Soccer, Say Productivity Experts | New York Magazine

June 26, 2014

Christine Rosen, a fellow at the New America Foundation who studies our interactions with technology, pointed to the perils of multitasking. That is, most people who care about the match and are stuck at work — at least those lucky enough to have ...

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