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.

401(k) the New Piggy Bank | Benefits Pro

June 6, 2014

“You have to pay taxes and pay penalties, so up front you’re getting back less than what you put in, and then the double-whammy is you are damaging your long-term savings prospects, money that’s invested and expected to grow,” said Justin King, policy director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation. “A lot of folks would have been better off putting the money into a savings account at a bank.”

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Why A Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Would Be Terrible For Customers, In 1 Chart | The Huffington Post

June 5, 2014

"T-Mobile has become an agitator to the industry," said Lina Khan, a policy analyst at The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy group. "I think that allowing it to merge with Sprint would sap the industry of some of the competition that's been vital for the public."

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The Snowden Leaks: One Year Later | The Hill

June 5, 2014

“We wouldn’t even begin to have that public debate about those programs if we didn’t know they existed. And now the public does know, thanks to Snowden,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

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Cybersecurity Boosted After Snowden NSA Revelations | U.S. News & World Report

June 5, 2014

Reset the Net is the latest step in a “renaissance of Internet security” since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents to the press about agency surveillance on Internet companies, says Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

“Countless organizations and companies have really stepped up their game when it comes to hardening their systems and protecting the security of our communications,” Bankston says.

The Past Isn’t Past: The Economic Case for Reparations | Moyers & Company

June 4, 2014

Wealth provides a cushion against economic shocks. “It’s a risky economy, and everybody needs a buffer,” says Rachel Black, an expert in asset-building at the New America Foundation. “That’s especially true for those living on the financial margins, where a small dip in their income or an unexpected expense could leave them either making material sacrifices — like skipping meals — or not being able to repair the car that they need to get to work.”

What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like? | GPB

June 4, 2014

In the Internet era, the best resources should be able to easily leap political boundaries and get into the hands of teachers across the country. But reading and digesting the standards and determining what lessons best fulfill them is a big, big job ...

Guantanamo Bay: What Happens When Detainees Held For Years Get Out? | CNN

June 4, 2014

Peter Bergen, a CNN national security analyst, and Bailey Cahall, wrote in an op-ed last year that dozens of detainees cleared for release years ago "remain in seemingly perpetual custody." "They have found to be guilty of nothing, yet they are being ...

Here's What We Know About The Taliban Fighters Obama Just Released From Gitmo | Vox

June 4, 2014

Anand Gopal, an expert on the Taliban at the New America Foundation, thinks some of them could pose a real threat. "Of the five released Taliban," he writes, "only 2 have the potential to make an appreciable impact on the battlefield: Fazl & Noori ...

Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused | Motherboard

June 4, 2014

Cities are beginning to see the importance of providing their residents with cheap, fast, and open broadband networks, and at least 89 cities and towns nationwide now offer fiber to their residents as a publicly owned utility. Patrick Lucey, one of the authors of the New America report, told me that the number of communities that actually offer fiber "doesn't capture the amount of conversations and attention that broadband infrastructure is getting."

The Battle Over Private Search | KCRW

June 4, 2014

Of all the news to come out of this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, one update went almost unnoticed: Apple is partnering with a small startup to make online searching more private. Is this a shot across the bow for Google? And what does it say about the future battle for user privacy? We discuss this and other tech news with journalists from Slate’s Future Tense blog.

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China, U.S. Tensions Run High At Sea And Under The Sun | The Wall Street Journal

June 4, 2014

But OPEC has the chance to rise again, says Quartz's Steve LeVine. The International Energy Agency has put a 10-year deadline on America's fracking bonanza, after which there's a chance to return to business as usual for the Sheikhs. But as the Journal ...

June 4 - The Real Costs of the Snowden NSA Leaks | Background Briefing with Ian Masters

June 4, 2014

Then with the German parliament announcing it will investigate the NSA’s tapping of Chancellor Merkel’s phone, and a recent BBC World Service poll on public opinions in 24 countries that found views of the U.S. have deteriorated sharply among citizens in Spain, Germany and Brazil where extensive U.S. surveillance activity has been exposed, we examine the rising global cost to the United States and to U.S. businesses from the Snowden leaks with Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

Gitmo Detainees Exchanged for Sgt.’s Release | MSNBC

June 2, 2014

Philip Mudd and Evan Kohlmann join Hardball to discuss the five Guantanamo detainees who were traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl—who are they? Was it a steep price for the U.S. to pay?

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How Obama Got Spies Behind Taliban Deal | The Daily Beast

June 2, 2014

Anand Gopal, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and the author of No Good Men Among the Living, a history of the Afghan conflict, agreed. “I am a little surprised they did not think the networks were decimated in 2012,” he said. “The Taliban may ...

What Americans Can Learn From Talking to the Taliban | The Huffington Post

June 2, 2014

NEW YORK -- Anand Gopal was close enough to feel the blast as the Taliban launched rocket-propelled grenades at a NATO fuel tanker in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, in 2008. And as coalition airplanes started dropping bombs in response, he fled the ...

Foreign Policy And American Nationalism | C-SPAN

June 2, 2014

Michael Lind, New America Foundation policy director, made remarks on foreign policy , immigration, trade, and military policy. Mr. Lind had recently written a National Interest cover story arguing the case for a new approach to U.S. foreign policy ...

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Citizen Participation and Technology | NDI

June 2, 2014

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How The Bergdahl Deal Went Down |The Daily Beast

June 2, 2014

Anand Gopal, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and the author of No Good Men Among the Living, a history of the Afghan conflict, agreed. “I am a little surprised they did not think the networks were decimated in 2012,” he said. “The Taliban may ...

Questions Swirl After Bowe Bergdahl's Release | CNN

June 2, 2014

But it's entirely possible that Bergdahl's release presages a broader release of Afghan citizens from Guantanamo Bay, said CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen. "At the end of hostilities, both sides typically swap prisoners, and we're coming to the end ...

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