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High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

New America is pleased to welcome author Emma Sky for a discussion on her new book, "The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq."

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CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1

EVENT May 07, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Thursday May 07, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


[u'156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor', u'New York, NY 10012']

Presently, twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day, nearly one an hour, a human toll greater than deaths from combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. To respond to this crisis, the National Veterans Crisis Line in upstate New York is the only call center devoted to helping at-risk veterans and their families. It's open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and receives more than 20,000 calls a month.

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AN IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: TOO BIG TO FAIL?

EVENT May 11, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Monday May 11, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM


[u'156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor', u'New York, NY 10010']

As Iranian and P5+1 negotiators race to try to conclude a final deal on Iran's nuclear program by June 30, join New America NYC for a conversation on the state of play in Tehran and Washington, reactions from and implications for the region, and what a deal or no deal could mean for U.S.-Iran relations.

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press release | May 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

New America’s Resilient Mesh Wireless Project Wins RISE : NYC Competition

Washington, DC - New America is pleased to announce that its Resilient Mesh Wireless initiative is a winner of RISE : NYC, a New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) competition to identify and deploy creative new technologies to promote recovery from Superstorm Sandy, mitigate the impacts of future storms, floods and power outages, and strengthen the City’s long-term resiliency efforts. The Resilient Mesh Wireless project is a series of local networks serving small businesses combined with community-based trainings in Sandy-affected areas.

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in the news | May 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

OTI: Why the IANA Transition Matters

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It’s been more than a year since the federal government announced plans to end its oversight role of ICANN’s Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, but there’s still a lot of misunderstanding around what that means. The Open Technology Institute on Thursday released the first in a series of reports to help policymakers and the public understand the IANA functions and, in their view, why it’s important to transition from government oversight to the multi-stakeholder community.

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in the news | May 01, 2015 | Education Policy

Campus Confusion: Corinthian Colleges Students Face Uncertain Future

That job is a privilege Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, finds “a bit worrisome.” “[The DOE] clearly doesn’t trust Corinthian on the financial side of things, but then they’re leaving it up to Corinthian to decide what happens to students,” he said. “It’s a difficult decision [to decide whether to finish the program], and the person advising them has a vested interest in them not taking the closed school discharge.”

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in the news | May 01, 2015 | Future of War

Future “Top Guns” Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft

Debates over manned versus unmanned military aircraft can overshadow the fact that today's jets and weapons are already heavily automated. Peter Singer, a strategist at the New America Foundation and author of the upcoming novel Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next War, says that modern fighter pilots describe their jobs as being less about “Top Gun joystick handling” and more about serving as a “battle manager” who makes top-level decisions. He added that there is already a “really fuzzy line” between cruise missiles and drones.

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in the news | May 01, 2015 | Fellows

Bridge Charges Ensure Scandal Will Shadow Any Chris Christie Campaign

Even if Christie isn’t charged with a crime, voters will wonder “how did their governor surround himself with these kind of people,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “It will obviously raise questions for a presidential candidate,” Zelizer said. “It also brings the whole story back again very close to when Christie announces.”

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in the news | May 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

CIVIC TECH: EMPOWERING THE 21ST CENTURY PUBLIC (MAYBE)

Civic tech is not about the tool or technology. It’s about working towards the type of society we want to live it. It has to be aspirational because so too is the democratic ideal. The very idea that a single federal government can govern 300 million people takes faith. So too does civic tech. Civic tech requires believing that the technology of today can usher in a better tomorrow. Though time will tell, the very interest and investment in civic tech presupposes that people have faith.

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article | May 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
At Crypto Hearing, Best Arguments Against Backdoor Mandates Come from Members of Congress Themselves

At Crypto Hearing, Best Arguments Against Backdoor Mandates Come from Members of Congress Themselves

Encryption advocates registered a big win this week when it became abundantly clear at a Congressional oversight hearing that lawmakers are skeptical of the FBI’s warnings about the purported dangers of encryption technology. Many of the best arguments against the idea of mandated backdoors came from the members of Congress themselves.