New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the digital age through big ideas, technological innovation, next generation politics, and creative engagement with broad audiences.

The Difficulty of Being Clean in China

In the Weekly Wonk, Hao Wu comments on what President Xi Jinping's push to end government corruption truly means for the Chinese civil service.

Upcoming Events

Webcast: New America's 2015 Annual Conference

EVENT April 23, 2015 01:00 PM– 06:00 PM

Thursday April 23, 2015

01:00 PM – 06:00 PM


[u'Friday, April 24, 2015', u'09:00 AM - 04:00 PM']

From big cities to small communities the best ideas come from local leaders and institutions working directly with the people. As the home of big ideas, New America will bring together the most innovative thinkers and doers from coast to coast for our 2015 Annual Conference.

More about the event

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 ...

More about the event

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.

More about the event

Books

All Books

Recent Content

Recent Content

press release | April 17, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

FCC Votes to Create new Citizens Broadband Radio Service

New America's Michael Calabrese Available for Comment

This morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 to create a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). For the first time, the FCC has opened a lightly-used Federal government band, used primarily for Navy radar, for shared use by both licensed and unlicensed users. The FCC Report & Order represents the initial implementation of a proposal for widespread spectrum sharing of underused Federal bands made in July 2012 by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Recent Content

Recent Content

Recent Content

Recent Content

Recent Content

in the news | April 16, 2015 | Future of War

Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

“Iran is emerging as a significant cyber threat to the U.S. and its allies,” the report’s authors say. “The size and sophistication of the nation’s hacking capabilities have grown markedly over the last few years, and Iran has already penetrated well-defended networks in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and seized and destroyed sensitive data.”

Recent Content

in the news | April 16, 2015 | Political Reform

What we get wrong about lobbying and corruption

The problem is that one set of interests routinely overpowers the rest. In particular, corporate lobbying has metastasized over the last four decades, and this increasingly over-crowded and hyper-contested lobbying environment benefits the large corporations who have the most resources to participate in the day-to-day workings of Congress. This problem is compounded because Congress increasingly lacks its own capacity to keep up. Organized interests collectively report $3.2 billion a year in lobbying expenditures, and probably equally or greater amounts on non-reported lobbying-related activities. The most active organizations are now hiring upwards of 100 lobbyists to represent them. These statistics alone should tell us that special interests don’t “buy” politicians with campaign contributions. If they did, there’d be no point in spending all that money to hire lobbyists.

Recent Content

Recent Content

in the news | April 16, 2015 | Future of War
What the ISIS Campaign Teaches Us About the Future of War

What the ISIS Campaign Teaches Us About the Future of War

It has now been over 250 days since U.S. forces began air strikes on the Islamic State, or ISIS,. U.S. warplanes have conducted 2,893 air strikes that have hit 5,314 targets ranging from 1,425 buildings to 58 boats, according to the most recent U.S. Central Command figures for Operation Inherent Resolve. The cost has reached roughly $8.5 million per day, summing just under $2.5 billion so far.

Recent Content

Recent Content

in the news | April 16, 2015 | Fellows

Chris Christie Ally David Samson’s Loyalty May Be Tested as Probe Winds Down

Even as his name is scrubbed from the law firm he co-founded, David Samson’s association with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie can’t be so easily erased. They forged their relationship more than a decade ago as prosecutors targeted by a street gang. When Christie was elected governor in 2009, Samson was transition leader before the Republican appointed him chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that controls the region’s major airports, bridges and tunnels.

Recent Content

press release | April 15, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

As Data Breach Legislation Advances in House Along Party Lines, Committee Votes Against Strengthening Protections for Consumers

Washington, DC - Today the House Energy & Commerce Committee marked up HR 1770, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, and advanced the bill to the full House. Despite being touted as a bipartisan bill, votes to advance it out of committee were split along party lines, with even Rep. Welch (D-VT), the only Democrat who originally co-sponsored the bill, voting not to advance the bill. As OTI has explained, the bill would eliminate key protections for sensitive information under existing state law and the Communications Act.