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Press Releases: 2013

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New America’s Open Technology Institute Releases Commotion 1.0 Mesh Networking Toolkit

December 30, 2013
WASHINGTON DC – The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) announced today that it has completed Beta testing and upgrades of its groundbreaking mesh networking toolkit, and is launching Commotion 1.0 in time for the new year. The launch represents the first full iteration of the technology, which makes it possible for communities to build and own their communications infrastructure using “mesh” networking.

OTI Applauds Verizon Announcement of Forthcoming Transparency Report

December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Last month, New America's Open Technology Institute called on telephone companies to join in the push for greater transparency around government requests to communications companies for their users' data.  Today, Verizon announced that it will be issuing in January a transpar

OTI: NSA Review Group Report Recommends Some Important Reforms But Concerns Remain

December 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the White House released the final report of the five-person advisory council that President Obama established in August to review the NSA's surveillance programs and provide recommendations on how to reform those programs.

Open Technology Institute Joins Coalition Opposing the FISA Improvements Act

December 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Fifty-four civil liberties and public interest groups, including New America’s Open Technology Institute, sent a letter to Congressional leadership today opposing S. 1631, the FISA Improvements Act. The bill, promoted by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), seeks to legalize and extend NSA mass surveillance programs, including the classified phone records surveillance program confirmed by documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden this summer.

Open Technology Institute: New Court Ruling Highlights Need for Immediate Halt to NSA Records Dragnet

December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, US District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled [http://legaltimes.typepad.com/files/obamansa.pdf] that the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records likely violates the Fourth Amendment and issued a preliminary injunction to stop NSA from collecting the plaintiffs' phone records, although he stayed that order pending appeal.

Open Technology Institute Calls for Broad Focus in IP Transition Review

December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) welcomes the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) interest in the impact of technological transitions on consumers, though it believes that broader, comprehensive consideration is needed. On Thursday, the FCC received a status report from its Technology Transitions task force on the so-called “IP Transition.” During its presentation, the task force outlined a framework for reviewing upgrades to public communications networks.

OTI Responds to Reports that NSA Review Group Recommends Continuation of Bulk Records Program

December 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) responded to today's reports in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times offering the first reported details on the recommendations contained in an upcoming report on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.  The report, due to the Whi

Open Technology Institute Encouraged by FCC Decision to Allow Consumers to Unlock Mobile Devices

December 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) is encouraged by an agreement among major wireless carriers and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow consumers to unlock mobile devices they’ve already paid for.

New America Foundation and Johns Hopkins SAIS to Collaborate on South Asia Channel Website on ForeignPolicy.com

December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – The New America Foundation (NAF) and the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) have partnered to create the South Asia Channel, a website that aims to be home to the best analysis about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. This initiative is the result of close collaboration between the National Security Program at NAF and the South Asia Program at SAIS.

Open Technology Institute and Allies Ask FCC to Stop Phone Companies’ Sale of Phone Records to Government, Marketers

December 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America Foundation joined with allies such as Public Knowledge, Consumer Action, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to file a Petition for Declaratory Ruling with the Federal Communications Commission.
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