Open Source

PRESS RELEASE: New Tools Support Communities to Build Own Wireless Communications Infrastructure

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) today released the first round of its Commotion Construction Kit, a “do it ourselves” guide for building wireless communications infrastructure. The materials are part of the Commotion project, an open-source communications toolkit that uses mobile phones, computers, and other wireless devices to create decentralized mesh networks and share local services.

RELEASE: New Tools Support Communities to Build Own Wireless Communications Infrastructure

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) today released the first round of its Commotion Construction Kit, a “do it ourselves” guide for building wireless communications infrastructure. The materials are part of the Commotion project, an open-source communications toolkit that uses mobile phones, computers, and other wireless devices to create decentralized mesh networks and share local services.

PRESS RELEASE: Open Technology Institute Launches New Version of Commotion: Free, Open Source, Wireless Networking Software

September 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) announced today the latest version of Commotion – a free, open source, wireless networking platform.

Patent Assertion and Startup Innovation

  • By Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law
September 5, 2013

This report from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) examines the experiences of venture capital investors (VCs) and startups with patent assertion including dealing with assertions from patent “trolls” or non-practicing entities (NPEs). The report is authored by Professor Colleen Chien, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara Law, who is nationally known for her research and publications surrounding domestic and international patent law and policy issues.

OTI's Red Hook Digital Stewards Bring Internet Access to New York City Housing Authority Facility

July 30, 2013


Tiwan Burrus (RHI) and Katherine Ortiz (RHI) attaching a PicoStation to a roof mount.

A 20-computer public computer center hosted at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Miccio Recreation Center now has Internet access following a day of installations by young adults trained by the Open Technology Institute (OTI), the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Brooklyn Fiber. Five Red Hook “Digital Stewards,” young adults engaged in a New York City workforce development effort, installed 6 new wireless routers into the Red Hook WiFi network in the beginning of July 2013. The Stewards connected two new partner institutions to RHI’s existing Red Hook Network with these installations - adding a local school and the NYCHA Miccio Recreation Center to a set of partners including churches, local residents and the Red Hook Initiative’s building. The public areas surrounding these buildings now have access to the Internet as well as local applications running on the neighborhood website.

Tidepools is Mobile Ready!

July 19, 2013

The Tidepools team at the Open Technology Institute just introduced a new mobile version of Tidepools (Beta 0.3), featuring an overhauled interface and code base at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. This Tidepools instance helped attendees navigate and document the conference with ease. Read more about OTI at AMC here and about the Commotion Wireless mesh network here.

 

The Most Important Information Missing From Yelp

  • By
  • Alissa Black,
  • New America Foundation
September 5, 2012 |

Having recently moved to a new city, I turn to Yelp whenever I am in need of a new restaurant, store, or even a refrigerator repairman. But as I learned the hard way, while Yelp can help me find the best calamari, it won’t tell me whether the restaurant has been spanked by the local health department.

IDL Launch Party Invite

July 18, 2012

Remember how the Internet community stopped SOPA?

Come on out to Irish Whiskey this Thursday at 8pm for the official launch of the Internet Defense League (IDL), a network of people and organizations committed to defending the open Internet. The goal of IDL is to sound the alarm quickly to millions of users whenever the Internet is in peril.

Call for Paper Proposals *(extended to July 25, 2012)*

July 16, 2012

Is it working? Evaluating and assessing broadband policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop

New America Foundation

September 19-21, 2012

 

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