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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).

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.

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

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
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