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.

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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How to Get Famous

June 30, 2014
Hao Wu - on his documentary film "The Road To Fame" about the dreams of young acting students at the prestigious acting school in Beijing.

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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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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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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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?

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, ...

ELL Accountability Could Complicate Florida's Bid for Waiver Extension | Education Week

June 26, 2014

Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation, points out that when there has been a conflict between state and federal laws, waiver issues become much trickier for Duncan and his team to resolve with state education officials. That will probably be no different in this case, she said, except that Florida's inclusion of ELLs' growth on content tests in the their first two years of schooling will likely be the focus of negotiation between the feds and Florida officials.

Use of Drones for Killings Risks a War Without End, Panel Concludes in Report | The New York Times

June 26, 2014

Other members of the group are Philip Mudd, a former deputy director of the C.I.A.'s Counterterrorism Center; Jeffrey Smith, who served as the C.I.A.'s general counsel during the Clinton administration; and John B. Bellinger III, the legal adviser to ...

Fallen Giant | Inside Higher Ed

June 26, 2014

“It settled the situation,” said Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst for the New America Foundation and a former department official. Miller largely praised the agreement. But he said he is concerned that Corinthian was allowed to continue enrolling ...

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 ...

Report: Economic Concentration Helps Fuel the Income Gap | People's World

June 25, 2014

Researchers Lina Khan of the New America Foundation, and Sandeep Vaheesen of the American Antitrust Institute have just published a new study that exposes another reason for the rise of the one percent and ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us: The U.S., in so many words, is going back to The Gilded Age, and not just in incomes and wealth.

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Spurring Competition | Communications Daily

June 25, 2014

Bifurcating Rules for Paired, Unpaired Spectrum in AWS-3 Auction Emerges as Big Issue

How Bad Can the Iraq Situation Get? An Expert Weighs In. | New Republic

June 24, 2014

An interview with Thomas E. Ricks.

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