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New America’s X-Lab Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

August 18, 2014
Washington, DC - New America’s X-Lab is pleased to announce its first cohort of fellows, an international group of technologists, policy experts, and human rights advocates from a diverse array of backgrounds. X-Lab fellows are partnering with the core group at X-Lab for a 1-year period beginning August, 2014 to analyze the implications of near-future technological breakthroughs and formulate positive intervention strategies for these coming tech-policy battles.

New America’s International Security Program Launches Dynamic ISIS Map

August 11, 2014
Washington, DC — Today, New America’s International Security Program (ISP) launched a dynamic new map, “ISIS in Iraq,” that tracks the movement of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), across the region.

Broad Coalition Including OTI Supports Updated USA FREEDOM Act to Rein In NSA Surveillance

July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), on behalf of a broad and bipartisan coalition of over forty civil liberties and human rights organizations, yesterday sent a letter to Senate and House leadership supporting the version of the USA FREEDOM Act, S. 2685, that Senator Leahy introduced Tuesday morning.

OTI Supports New, Stronger USA FREEDOM Act to Rein in NSA Surveillance

July 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Leahy re-introduced a new version of the USA FREEDOM Act intended to reform the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.  The Open Technology Institute (OTI) supports the new version of USA FREEDOM as a strong first step toward comprehensive surveillance reform, and urges the Senate and the House to quickly pass the bill without weakening it again.

New Report Highlights the Business Case to Make Youth Savings Work

July 28, 2014
Washington, DC – The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) released a report today that examines the business considerations for financial service providers offering savings products to young people. The report, “The Business Case for Youth Savings: A Framework,” analyzes the different factors that financial service providers need to consider when entering or being active in the youth savings market. 

Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom, and Cybersecurity

July 28, 2014
As a new version of the USA FREEDOM Act surveillance reform bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate this week, the debate about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs still tends toward a simplistic focus on striking the right balance between national security and individual privacy.

PRESS RELEASE: OTI Files Comments on the FCC’s Proposed Open Internet Rules

July 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the FCC’s proposed Open Internet Rules. The full comments are available here.
The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel at the Open Technology Institute:

High School Exit Exams Hinder Common Core Implementation, New Report Finds

July 15, 2014
Washington — In the 2013-14 school year, twenty-four states required students to be proficient on standardized tests in order to graduate from high school. But starting next year, and in the years to come, states will launch more rigorous, college- and career-ready assessments aligned to the Common Core. As they do so, they should revisit the stakes on these tests for students and consider eliminating, or modifying, their exit exam policies, according to a new report from New America.

Statement on FCC's E-rate Order for School and Library Connectivity

July 11, 2014
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt an E-rate modernization order, making changes to the program that helps subsidize communications services for schools and libraries across the country. The order aims to increase funding for wi-fi connections, streamline the application process, and encourage more efficient purchasing.

OTI Statement: Newly-Approved Cybersecurity Bill is a Privacy Failure

July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence met to consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA, S. 2588).
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