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Apps to Regulate Apps

  • By
  • Tim Wu,
  • New America Foundation
December 19, 2012 |

NOBODY ever said that big cities make for easy living. The apps of the moment, Uber and Airbnb, try to mitigate matters by letting you book a car ride or rent someone’s apartment using your smartphone or computer. They are beloved by those contemplating scarce taxis or $500 hotel rooms. But they’re considerably less popular among city regulators, whose reactions recall Ned Ludd’s response to the automated loom.


Samsung Blunder is Bad, but Digital Locks are Also Security Flaws

December 20, 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III

This weekend saw xda-developers user alephzain post a previously unknown and extremely dangerous Android vulnerability that affects most Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note II, international Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, some Sony Xperia devices, and possibly many others.

Kelly: DeMint's Departure Is Just the Beginning

  • By
  • Lorelei Kelly,
  • New America Foundation
December 18, 2012 |

Late last week, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced he was leaving the Senate to become president of The Heritage Foundation, the country’s most influential conservative think tank. From his new office perch just five minutes from the Senate floor, DeMint, a tea party gladiator, will enjoy unrestricted power to pursue America’s ideological renewal at six times his Senate salary. Members of Congress cashing in on their experience is nothing new. But it would be wrong and simplistic to assume DeMint is trading his institutional power as a senator for money and ideological purity.

Special Section in the International Journal of Communications on Meaningful Broadband Adoption

December 19, 2012
Photo by RTlibrary, licensed by Creative Commons.

Since 2009, the federal government has funded 232 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) digital training and access projects nationwide. New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) is a partner on two of them, in Detroit and Philadelphia. As these programs draw to a close at the end of 2012, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are taking stock of the impact and outcomes of one of the largest and most comprehensive digital inclusion efforts ever undertaken.

The Sidebar: Osama Revisited and Internet Indecision

December 14, 2012
Peter Bergen discusses how the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty" stacks up to the real account of how Osama bin Laden was captured and killed. Rebecca MacKinnon provides post-game analysis of the Internet governance summit in Dubai that wrapped up this week. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

A Half-Time Analysis of the Summit That Could Shape the Future of the Internet

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 13, 2012 |

The latest battle over who governs the Internet is taking place right now. Representatives from more than 150 nations gathered in Dubai last Monday for the World Conference on International Telecommunications, a two-week meeting hosted by the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Their mission: to renegotiate International Telecommunications Regulations treaty, which governs global interconnection and interoperability of telecommunications traffic. The outcome could change how the Internet works.

The WCIT Wake-Up Call: Time To Broaden the Discussion on Internet Governance

December 6, 2012

A similar version of this blog post also appeared on Global Voices Advocacy on Friday, December 7, 2012.

What's at Stake at WCIT?

  • By
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 5, 2012

The latest battle over who governs the Internet is taking place in Dubai this week. As the world’s governments meet at the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), it is already clear that the Internet governance system is under pressure. The legitimacy of this governance system and the Internet’s future success will be affected by these debates.

How to Use Technology to Make You Smarter

  • By
  • Annie Murphy Paul,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2012 |

Can a calculator make you smarter? The QAMA calculator can. You use it just like a regular calculator, plugging in the numbers of the problem you want to solve — but QAMA won’t give you the answer until you provide an accurate estimate of what that answer will be. If your estimate is way off, you’ll have to go back to the problem and see where you went wrong. If your estimate is close, QAMA (developed by Ilan Samson, an “inventor-in-residence” at the University of California, San Diego) will serve up the precise solution, and you can compare it to your own guess.

ICANN, Make a Difference

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Elliot Noss
November 27, 2012 |

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is little known, but it wields a tremendous amount of power: It controls all of the Web’s top-level domains (those letters after the “dot,” like .com and .org). Currently, ICANN is in the midst of creating hundreds (and possibly thousands) of new, generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that span a host of different ideas, from .web to .cars to .anything_else_you_can_imagine. These new gTLDs have the potential to dramatically affect the future of Internet browsing, and they’re already stirring up some serious discussion.

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