The latest announcements about our programs, fellows and projects are available below.

New America Welcomes Suzanne DiMaggio as Director of New Iran Initiative

March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – New America announced today that Suzanne DiMaggio will lead a new and innovative program focused on the future of U.S.-Iran relations, beginning April 21, 2014. The program will look at Iran in the context of the broader region and emphasize ties to the Gulf states, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and central Asian countries. The initiative will include a series of policy dialogues that bring together Americans and Iranians, as well as regional and other major players, to generate new ideas to address a range of strategic challenges.

New Report: Current Export Controls for Surveillance Tools are Outdated and Ineffective

March 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Authoritarian governments have abused surveillance technologies for political control, the suppression of the media and civil society, and other violations of fundamental human rights.  Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute – in collaboration with Privacy International in the United Kingdom, and Digitale Gesellschaft in Germany – released a new report that examines export controls as a policy solution to this problem.

New America Announces New Leadership and Program on Technology

March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — New America today appointed Alan Davidson Vice President for Technology Policy and Strategy, and Director of the Open Technology Institute. OTI Founder Sascha Meinrath will assume leadership of a new venture focused on tech innovation at New America, the X-Lab.
 

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Awards Open Technology Institute A "New Digital Age" Grant

March 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Ten non-profits in the U.S. and abroad have been named recipients of New Digital Age Grants, funded through a $1 million donation by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. New America’s Open Technology Institute is one of two organizations in Washington, DC, to receive such an award.
 

New America Releases White Paper Finding Proposed Medicare Part D Regulations Will Enhance Quality of Care and Increase Consumer Choice and Access in the Part D Market

March 6, 2014
Washington, D.C. – David Balto, Fellow at the New America Foundation and former Assistant Director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation of the Federal Trade Commission, along with his colleague James Kovacs have authored a white paper evaluating the Medicare Part D preferred pharmacy network model and CMS’ current proposed rule changes for the Medicare Part D program fiscal year 2015.   
The paper finds that:

RELEASE: OpenITP Launches Peer Review Board

March 3, 2014
NEW YORK, NY — OpenITP is pleased to announce the launch of the Peer Review Board (PRB), a service focused on making anti-surveillance, anti-censorship, and endpoint security tools safer for activists and journalists in high-risk areas throughout the world by improving the security behind them.

Experts on Middle East Evaluate IMF Recommendations

February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – As Tunisia’s new constitution goes into effect and other transitioning Arab countries seek to address the social and economic grievances at the heart of citizen demands, there is a need to reexamine international economic policy toward the region. The IMF is the main driver of that policy and special attention should be paid to recommendations coming from the multi-lateral giant. 
 

Open Technology Institute Responds to Google Announcement on Fiber Deployments

February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Google announced the next phase of potential fiber deployments, which the company intends to explore through initial needs assessments in nine metropolitan areas across the United States. Actual deployments, the company notes, would follow in cities where the assessments suggest deployments are feasible.

The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute:

Open Technology Institute Responds to FCC Public Notice on Open Internet Rules

February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice regarding the future of the FCC’s Open Internet Rules. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the prohibitions against blocking and discrimination in those rules last month.

Statement on Comcast Announcement to buy Time Warner Cable

February 13, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Comcast today announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable in a $45.2 billion-dollar deal that would combine the country’s two biggest cable companies.
 
The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America:
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