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Upcoming Events

The New New York Activists

EVENT April 27, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Monday April 27, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


[u'Museum of the City of New York', u'1220 Fifth Avenue', u'New York, NY 10029']

New York may be known as a concrete jungle, but it is also an important center of green activism. To mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, we're partnering with the Museum of the City of New York to discuss how citizens, entrepreneurs, and policy makers are making an ...

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Hands-on with Higher Ed Tech

EVENT April 29, 2015 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Wednesday April 29, 2015

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


[u'New America', u'1899 L Street NW Suite 400', u'Washington, DC 20036']

The open access of community college is one of America’s greatest postsecondary strengths, but also one of its greatest challenges. While almost anyone with minimum qualifications can enter a community college and pursue a postsecondary credential, few will actually complete.

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Sudden Justice

EVENT May 01, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

Friday May 01, 2015

12:15 PM – 01:45 PM


[u'1899 L Street NW, Suite 400', u'Washington, DC, 20035']

New America is pleased to welcome author Chris Woods for a discussion on the secret history of armed drone use in the United States and the use of drones in today’s covert targeted killing project.

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press release | April 24, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Collapse of Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger is a ‘Tremendous Victory’ for Consumers and Broadband Competition

WASHINGTON, DC — Comcast announced this morning that it is abandoning its acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger, which was announced in February 2014, faced significant headwinds at the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. The Open Technology Institute repeatedly urged both agencies to block the deal.

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press release | April 23, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

House Passes Second Flawed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed, with a vote of 355-63, the Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity information sharing bill, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 (NCPAA, H.R 1731). Though still flawed, the NCPAA does a significantly better job at protecting Americans’ privacy than the House Intelligence Committee’s bill, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA, H.R. 1560). PCNA is opposed by OTI and 54 other civil society groups and security experts, and raises many serious concerns, including weak requirements to remove personal information, overbroad use authorizations for law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and automatic sharing with the NSA.

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press release | April 23, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Comcast Reportedly Abandons Time Warner Cable Merger

Washington, DC — According to various media reports today, Comcast may abandon its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger, which was announced in February 2014, has faced significant headwinds at the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice in recent weeks. The Open Technology Institute has repeatedly urged both agencies to block the deal.

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Families and the Pressures of digital technologies

Families and the Pressures of digital technologies

What pressures do American families experience in our new data-driven, tech-dependent society? Over the past forty years, information and communication technologies have transformed the way we work, the nature of learning and education, and the methods by which we achieve personal and collective goals. Parents, grandparents, children, and the range of loved ones who form part of the modern family today face new and challenging choices about technology use, access, and control. In this blog, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Lisa Guernsey, and Greta Byrum capture the broad trends, helping to link questions about technology other social concerns and set the stage to reenvision social policy through the lens of the family. The piece is an excerpt of a newly published report released by New America's program on Family-Centered Social Policy.

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in the news | April 22, 2015 | International Security

Fallout reaches the ivory tower

The students protesting Mr Koh are right to try to hold him to account for the government's actions during his time of government service. The revolving door between elite academia and the higher levels of government is defensible only insofar as the inside knowledge of former bureaucrats is used to better educate students. Mr Koh ought to be judged by more than the single issue of American drone strikes. However, that issue is an important one. A fuller public accounting of his own role would go a long way towards making the case that the compromises necessitated by government service left him not only more eminent, but also wiser.

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in the news | April 22, 2015 | Fellows

Could John Hinckley - the man who shot Ronald Reagan - be released?

"There was a lot of shock, there was anger," recalled Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. "Reagan himself talked about how the law was too easy on criminals and this played right into that. There were many people who were skeptical that insanity was a legitimate defense after an assassination attempt on the American president...I think the popular assumption is if you try to assassinate the president - and actually shoot the president - you're gonna be in jail for life."

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press release | April 22, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

House Passage of Intelligence Committee’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill is Bad for Privacy, Bad for Information Security

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the House Intelligence Committee’s bill, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA, H.R. 1560), with a vote of 307 to 116. The bill would authorize companies to share so-called “cyber threat indicators” with the government and with one another. OTI strongly opposes the PCNA, and recently joined a group of 55 civil society organizations, security experts and academics in a letter to Congress raising serious concerns and urging a “No” vote.

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Beyond the Jihadi Bride: Our Distorted Understanding of Women’s Motivations

New America

to Join Extremist Organizations SourceUrl: http://satsa.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/JTSA_Spring_2015.pdf Slug: beyond-the-jihadi-bride-our-distorted-understanding-of-womens-motivations-to-join-extremist-organizations Source: The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis Template: in-the-news Authors: Emily Schneider, Elizabeth Weingarten Summary: This article aims to first, examine the growing phenomenon of female foreign fightersfrom the West to Iraq ...