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

The Next Class of New America Fellows

July 2, 2014

New America is pleased to announce the appointment of the following 2015 Fellows who will join us on September 1, under the new leadership of Peter Bergen:


OTI Disappointed By Oversight Board’s New Report on NSA Surveillance, Urges Congress to Act on Real Reforms

July 2, 2014
Washington, DC—This morning, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) released its long-awaited report on the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Internet and telephone communications under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.  This is the independent executive branch agency’s second report on NSA surveillance, following a January report by the board recommending an end to the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records under S

New America Announces Appointment of Peter W. Singer as Strategist and Senior Fellow

July 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC—New America is pleased to announce the appointment of leading political and international relations scholar Peter W. Singer as Strategist and Senior Fellow. Dr. Singer will join New America’s Future of War project in September, as well as advise on organizational strategy and opportunities. 

Future Tense Initiative Announces Winners of Green Electronics Challenge

June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — The Future Tense initiative – a partnership of New America, Arizona State University, and Slate magazine – is pleased to announce the winners of Green Electronics: A U.S.-China Maker Challenge, which invited makers to think about reuse and environmental protection. Makers were asked to address the problem of electronic waste (e-waste) by creating something new out of old electronics that would otherwise be thrown away.

Two New America Projects Among This Year’s Knight News Challenge Winners: Ranking Digital Rights and Measurement Lab

June 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — New America is pleased to announce that two of its projects – the Ranking Digital Rights project and Measurement Lab (M-Lab) – are among this year’s winners of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge. The Knight News Challenge on strengthening the Internet is funding breakthrough ideas that strengthen the Internet for freedom of expression and innovation.

Broad Coalition Including OTI Demands that Senate Strengthen the Watered-Down USA FREEDOM Act to Rein In NSA Surveillance

June 18, 2014
Washington DC – New America’s Open Technology Institute, on behalf of a broad and bipartisan coalition of over thirty civil liberties and human rights organizations, yesterday afternoon sent to the Senate a letter laying out the privacy community’s unified message: it will oppose the USA FREEDOM Act unless the Senate makes substantial improvements to the watered-down version of the bill that passed the House la

OTI Joins With Privacy Groups and Tech Companies To Tell Congress: End the NSA’s Backdoor Access to Internet Users’ Data

June 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a coalition of technology companies and non-profit organizations including New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) sent a letter to Congress in support of an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would rein in National Security Agency’s “backdoor” access to Internet users’ data.  Signers included companies such as Google and CloudFlare, trade associations such as the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, and civil society organizations such as the Electronic Fron

Statement: OTI Senior Policy Counsel on FCC Interconnection Announcement

June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would investigate agreements between Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon and content sites such as Netflix, including any fees related to those agreements.
The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America:

Open Technology Institute proposes mesh networking initiative for resilience and economic development in areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy

June 9, 2014
Washington, DC – When Superstorm Sandy hit Brooklyn, a community wireless mesh network in Red Hook helped residents tell people where help was needed and where it was available; distribute food, blankets, and supplies, including among elderly residents of public housing; stay in touch with friends and families; and tell the world stories about what was happening. Even when power and cell networks went out across most of the neighborhood, Red Hook WiFi kept people connected.  

OTI Statement on Anniversary of First Snowden Revelation About NSA Surveillance

June 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – One year ago today, the Guardian published the first news story based on classified documents leaked by National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, revealing that the NSA was collecting millions of innocent Americans phone records.  Much has changed in the past year, after a series of even more shocking revelations and vigorous debate over how to rein in massive NSA surveillance programs that had previously been hidden from the public.
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