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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.

Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing fight over Encryption, Activists Say | PCWorld

July 18, 2014
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.

AT&T pushes FCC to ban 'fast lanes' | The Hill

July 17, 2014
The FCC should reclassify the Internet to ensure that Internet providers can’t block or slow access to any websites or charge “tolls” to companies for sending traffic their way, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute claimed in its filing. That would ensure protection “against the full scope of harms, and the Commission could implement a bright-line rule that creates a presumption against discrimination as well as either banning access fees outright or requiring that such fees be applied in a manner that is consistent for all parties.”

The Other Border Crisis Solution | The Weekly Wonk

July 17, 2014
Scarlett Aldebot-Green, Senior Policy Analyst, New America Asset Building Program: First, if the U.S. really wants to improve the economic circumstances of families in Central America and reduce violence, then it needs to work with the communities and people that it intends to help.

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Expectations Are High As Mexico Prepares to Accept Foreign Oil Explorers | Ames Tribune

July 15, 2014

"Mexico's declining oil production, the rigidities of the (political) system, have been known for a long time," said Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power." "As Mexico becomes a manufacturing platform of the global economy, they really need the energy supplies," Yergin said. "It’s not something that happens overnight.

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The Future of Getting Lost

July 15, 2014
In this era of near constant tracking and data gathering by cellphones, sensors, CCTV cameras, or even social media, it feels as if anyone, anywhere, should be easily findable at any moment. But as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has demonstrated, it is still possible for significant, and tragic, disappearances to occur.  Panelists talked about the use of technology in disaster relief, finding lost airliners and people, and the desirability of getting lost.

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Privacy Fight Returns for Cyber Bill | The Hill

July 12, 2014
"We're hopeful that the president will continue with the precedent that he set of threatening to veto any cyber information-sharing legislation that's not privacy-protective and that would allow automatic information sharing with the NSA," said Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

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Tech Experts Frustrated with NSA-Created Digital Security Gaps | Scripps News

July 11, 2014
“Consumer products are built on security standards established by the NIST, and those standards are supposed to be as strong as possible,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation Open Technology Institute, said. “But the NSA has exerted a lot of influence on the NIST, and as a result the NSA has been able to develop standards, or security tools, that contain vulnerabilities they know about and can exploit.”
 
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Privacy Advocates Call for NSA Reorganization | FedScoop

July 11, 2014

Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, referenced documents leaked by Snowden and accused NSA of surreptitiously influencing companies to alter product designs to make it easier for the agency to hack those products. She said the statutory relationship between NSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology should be severed.

NTIA Pilot Program to Look at Spectrum Occupancy in Era of Sharing | Communications Daily

July 11, 2014
NTIA launched a pilot program for measuring the occupancy of spectrum in a shared spectrum world, Associate Administrator Karl Nebbia said Thursday during the first meeting of the newly reconstituted Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. The cost recovery subgroup is looking at how to pay the expenses that government agencies incur as a result of spectrum sharing (http://1.usa.gov/1kJ56IJ). Chair Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation said the group hopes to have a number of alternatives to present at CSMAC’s October meeting.

Praise and Criticism After FCC E-Rate Vote | Roll Call

July 11, 2014
Danielle Kehl, policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, called the vote a “good, albeit modest first step” and said in a statement that the “FCC’s goal of providing high-speed Internet access to all students and library patrons across the country will not be successful without more aggressive changes that address the underlying connectivity challenges.”

Female Interruptors on Israel and Palestine | Foreign Policy Interrupted

July 11, 2014
Yet again, tensions in Israel and Palestine are aflame. To better understand the recent major escalation, we talked to interruptor Lisa Goldman, the director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation.

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Kerry in Kabul Wielding Aid Threat to End Election Stalemate | Sydney Morning Herald

July 11, 2014
"The problem is there's a total loss of trust in the Afghan institutions and the way they've handled their job because even the issue of how many ballots to audit and how many people voted are up in the air," said Omar Samad, the president of Silk Road Consulting, a Washington-based geopolitical advisory firm.

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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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Mesh Networks Keep Residents Connected During Power Outages | Emergency Management

July 10, 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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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.

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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