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.

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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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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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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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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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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.

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