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.

Obama Budget Pitches Race to Top for Equity, New Money for Ed Tech | Education Week

March 4, 2014

Interestingly, some of the policy language typically included in the budget proposal has shifted a bit. For instance, last year, the administration's request sought to tie Title I funds in part to a state's adoption of college- and career-ready standards, common to a number of states. But this year, that language has been revised—the administration dropped the requirement for "common" standards. (Hat tip to the New America Foundation's eagle-eyed Anne Hyslop for pointing this out.)

Verizon Publishes Number of Spy Court Orders | Watchdog.org

March 4, 2014

Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, praised Verizon’s report.

The company, he said via Twitter, was now tied with Google for “reporting the most granular (and) clearly-defined categories of requests.”

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Why The Crimea Incursion Has Boosted Moscow's Leverage In Ukraine Standoff | Al Jazeera America

March 3, 2014

Neither Moscow nor the NATO powers have reckoned with the consequences of their Ukraine policies, according to Anatol Lieven, a war studies professor at Kings College in London and author of Ukraine: A Fraternal Rivalry. Restoring Yanukovich to power ...

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Daniel Yergin: Vladimir Putin Wont Threaten Europes Gas For Now | Politico

March 3, 2014

“With everything else going on, I think it would only be in the context of if things somehow got much worse,” Daniel Yergin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning energy historian, told POLITICO in an interview at the annual IHS CERAWeek conference, the most ...

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The Human Rights Record Of The United States In 2013 | Center For Research On Globalization

March 1, 2014

... after Congress failed to pass the budget bill as the Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Francis Fukuyama, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the ...

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Emily Parker | The Diplomat

February 28, 2014

The Diplomat's Justin McDonnell speaks with Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground, published on Feb. 18, 2014 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, about attempts at Internet ...

The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We've Ever Seen | The Atlantic Cities

February 28, 2014

"The absolute endpoint outcome isn’t necessarily that all the census tracts are green," says Georgia Bullen, a field operations technologist at OTI who worked along with Byrum on the broadband adoption maps. "The way we think about the technology right now is completely predicated on this idea that the right outcome is that you have service at home, that every single person has a contract. And that's not necessarily the model that will ever be most successful."

Cost of NSA Surveillance Hard to Define | FierceGovernmentIT

February 27, 2014

Surveillance by the National Security Agency costs the United States in terms of direct costs to American taxpayers to pay for it, costs to lost opportunities in the American Internet industry, costs to foreign relations work and costs to Internet security, said Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and chief executive of the New America Foundation. But pegging a dollar value on it is a difficult exercise, said panelists during a Feb. 25 event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Anne-Marie Slaughter Interview | WBHM

February 27, 2014

Writer and scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter has had a prestigious career in foreign policy and education. Slaughter served under Hillary Clinton between 2009 and 2011 as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State. She was the first woman to hold that position. But after two years on the job, she realized it was too challenging to juggle a high-powered career and family.

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Google Considers Bulking Up On Its Broadband Fiber | Variety

February 26, 2014

Those developments have consumer advocates, who are worried that broadband access is being concentrated into a smaller number of powerful players, cheering Google’s fiber visions. “Our research has highlighted the value that disruptive deployments like Google Fiber and municipal networks can provide,” said Sarah Morris, senior policy counsel at Open Tech Institute, a division of nonpartisan think tank New America Foundation.

News 4 Exposes Million Dollar Corporation Windfall Funded by EBT Fees | KMOV News 4

February 26, 2014

News 4’s Chris Nagus blows the lid off a million dollar corporation windfall funded by your taxes in the latest edition of “Is this why we’re broke?”

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Cloud Service Providers Fight Back, Challenge NSA | CIO Magazine

February 26, 2014

"That was when the companies got really publicly angry," says Kevin Bankston, policy director of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

In addition to the joint litigation seeking greater transparency on government data requests, several companies that compete vigorously in the marketplace have banded together to form the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, championing a series of principles that would limit federal intelligence authorities and introduce new oversight and accountability measures.

Everything You Thought You Knew About Economic Statistics Is Wrong

February 25, 2014

"There's this belief that we have enough credible long-term data to come to absolute conclusions that we know what's going to happen with stimulus spending or too much debt," said Zachary Karabell. In truth, he said, it's too soon to tell: "A thousand ...

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Dropping Cost of Surveillance Means Rising Concerns | Kansas City Infozine

February 25, 2014

Kevin Bankston, an author of the study and the policy director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, said policymakers need to stay updated with changes in technology so they understand both the benefits and vulnerabilities those changes create.

“With technology, both because of its complexity and because of how fast it changes, policy processes are that much slower in terms of keeping up,” Bankston said. “That may be the fundamental crisis of the 21st century.”

The Bane And The Boon Of For-Profit Colleges | New York Times

February 25, 2014

Ben Miller, an expert on education policy at the generally liberal New America Foundation, is sympathetic to the Education Department's effort but argues that the proposed rules don't directly address high dropout rates. And they would allow the ...

Netflix-Comcast Deal Ends Internet Consumption Dispute

February 25, 2014

"It's actually a fairly major moment for the Internet, for Netflix to give up and start paying," said Marvin Ammori, an Internet policy expert. "Netflix was a major holdout." FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media. Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times.

Netflix To Pay Comcast For Smoother Online Video Streaming | Los Angeles Times

February 24, 2014

"Netflix didn't have any options," said Marvin Ammori, an Internet policy expert at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. "And Netflix cried, 'uncle.'" But by making peace with Netflix, Comcast removes or at least softens the voice of ...

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Stranger Than Fiction | Huffington Post

February 24, 2014

My friend Emily Parker was an editor of the op-ed section of The New York Times. In 2009, she came to Beijing and asked me to write an article, and we became friends. She did research on the Internet in the U.S., in Russia, and in China. She says in ...

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Digital Citizen 1.4 | Global Voices Advocacy

February 24, 2014

Sudan has been known to censor the Internet, but—as analysts with the New America Foundation recently pointed out—they’re not the only government affecting what Sudanese citizens can see and use online. In an article for Slate, Danielle Kehl and Tim Maurer write:

"Currently, Sudan is one of five countries in the world subject to comprehensive U.S. sanctions, which are designed to change governments’ behavior. But some of the provisions of those sanctions have become outdated—especially when it comes to new technologies like personal communication tools."

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