New America Foundation


  • By J.M. Berger
May 21, 2012

Since September 11, 2001, more than 300 U.S. residents have been prosecuted for crimes related to homegrown terrorism. About half were targeted by law enforcement using infiltration techniques – confidential informants, undercover operations, or, in some cases, both.[i]

Russian Roulette

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2012

The strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that was signed by Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai on May 1, 2012 did not address several critical questions, the most important of which is whether, and to what degree, the international community will continue to fund the Afghan government after 2014. Addressing the Afghan government’s budget needs is to be a major focus of the upcoming Chicago summit.

The Promise of Open Technology

May 4, 2012 |

Usually talk of Internet censorship pits an authoritarian state against its citizens. But reality is not always so simple, as evidenced at New America’s Annual Board Retreat and two-day conference launching the Open Technology Institute at Washington’s Newseum April 27-28.

Take Mexico, a country whose government doesn’t obstruct freedom of speech, but whose journalists are among the most endangered on earth. As Oscar Salazar explained, the censorship is of a more private nature: “We don’t have an authoritarian government, we have an authoritarian group of criminals” limiting freedom of speech.

Salazar is the CEO of CitiVox, an innovative social media platform for civic mobilization in that country. In the city of Monterrey alone, 50,000 Twitter followers brought together by CitiVox serve as a credible source of information regarding organized crime. It provides a means for civil society to leverage an open Internet and social media to reclaim public spaces and fight back against powerful drug cartels. From Russia, Alexey Sidorenko talked about his similar experience with RuNet Echo, his effort to leverage  social media to track everything from forest fires to political rallies and other news not adequately covered by official media.


Testimony Before the Committee on Government Operations, Council of the District of Columbia Regarding Budget Oversight: OCTO

April 25, 2012

Testimony before
The Committee on Government Operations, Council of the District of Columbia
Budget Oversight: OCTO
Joshua Breitbart, Director of Field Operations,
New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative
April 18, 2012

Value Added: America's Manufacturing Future

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • New America Foundation
April 18, 2012

Manufacturing matters. That is the rapidly emerging consensus in the United States, after a generation in which leading policymakers, economists and journalists dismissed the importance of the U.S.

Universities as Hubs for Next-Generation Networks

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Sarah Morris,
  • Greta Byrum,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2012

Based on a request for information (RFI) submitted to The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U), the paper describes a model for universities to develop next generation  broadband infrastructure in their communities. In our view universities can play a critical role in spurring next generation networks into their communities through use of their physical infrastructure to extend high-speed Internet access and sharing their expertise and resources to support engagement and participation by community members, businesses, and institutions. 

Starting Early With English Language Learners

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
April 11, 2012

English Language Learners are a large and growing population in America’s public school system, but schools often fall short in preparing these students for success in college and the workforce. A new policy paper from the Early Education Initiative of the New America Foundation focuses on one state, Illinois, that is taking a different approach: building English Language Learner services that begin as early as pre-K to ensure that all students, regardless of their age, are supported in school.

Testimony of Michael Calabrese Before the Subcommittee on Economic Policy of the US Senate Committee on Banking

March 28, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, for this opportunity to testify today. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan policy institute here in Washington. New America’s Asset Building Program develops and incubates innovative policy proposals to enable low- and middle-income families in the U.S. and around the world to accumulate savings, access financial services, develop financial capability, and build and protect productive assets across the life course.

America’s Pent-Up Demand

  • By
  • Patrick C. Doherty,
  • New America Foundation
March 26, 2012

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is looking hard for demand. Without a “more-rapid expansion of production and demand from producers and consumers,” the Fed chairman does not see the recent employment gains as “sustainable.” That’s an understatement.

Overcoming Obstacles to College Attendance and Degree Completion

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • Mark Huelsman,
  • New America Foundation
March 5, 2012

The rise in student loan debt has directed critical attention to the growing pace of college costs as well as the reliance on loans to finance those costs. For graduates entering the workforce in recent years, many are finding that they are unable to find the type of job they thought they were securing when they received their degree, if they are able to find a job at all. Consequently, more loans are going unpaid and student loan debt has become the only class of consumer debt where defaults are increasing.

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