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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.

New America Awarded $500,000 Grant by Kellogg Foundation for Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative

June 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — New America is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $500,000 W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to launch the Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative: Designing 21st Century Networks of Support for Households with Children. The Initiative is a collaborative effort, engaging several New America policy programs – Asset Building, Breadwinning and Caregiving, Education Policy, the Markets Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative, and the Open Technology Institute.
 

Open Technology Institute and Public Interest Groups Send Letter to Senate Expressing Concerns on DOTCOM Act Language in the NDAA

June 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the Open Technology Institute at New America and allied civil liberties and human rights organizations sent a letter to the Senate reiterating their support of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s (NTIA) decision to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.

OTI Statement: As House Passes Watered-Down USA FREEDOM Act, Fight for Real Reform Turns to The Senate

May 22, 2014
Washington, DC – This morning, the US House of Representatives approved the House Rules Committee’s version of the USA FREEDOM Act with a vote of 303 to 121.  The bill that passed today is substantially weaker than the version of the bill that the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees approved unanimously just two weeks ago, after secret negotiations between House leaders and the Obama Administration.  New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) earlier this week withdrew its support for the bill and issued

Congress Reaches Bipartisan Agreement on Workforce Development Legislation

May 21, 2014
After years of wrangling and near misses, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate announced today that they have agreement on a bill repealing and replacing the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.  Coming at a time of growing frustration with a weak labor market and a sluggish economy the announcement shines a light on an area of rare bipartisan consensus – the need for more and better ways to connect people to good jobs.
 

Statement: OTI Withdraws Support for USA FREEDOM Act After House Leaders and Obama Administration Water Down Its Surveillance Reforms

May 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the US House of Representatives’ Rules Committee reported the version of the USA FREEDOM Act surveillance reform bill that is expected to be voted on by the entire House on Thursday.  This new version of the bill is substantially different from the compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act that was unanimously approved the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees two weeks ago.  The changes are the result of the Obama Administration pressuring House leaders to weaken various reforms in the bill.
 
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