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To Combat Racism, Talk about mental health

Racism compromises the mental health of many African Americans and Veronica Womack argues fixing that should be part of the ongoing national conversation about race in the US.

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EVENT April 02, 2015 02:00 PM– 03:30 PM

Thursday April 02, 2015

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

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

New America will host a panel discussion with student loan experts who will provide their views on the findings in a new report, "Why Student Loans Are Different" and how the report contributes to our understanding of student debt.

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press release | March 26, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

House Intelligence Committee Approves Privacy-Threatening Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill

Washington, DC - This morning, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence unanimously approved its cybersecurity information sharing bill called the “Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA).” The Committee failed to make significant changes that were necessary to better protect Americans’ privacy, and to ensure that the broad info-sharing authorized under the bill would not become a backdoor for government surveillance. The Committee somewhat narrowed the bill’s broad authorization for private actors to deploy defensive countermeasures against computer intruders, but that provision is still broad enough that the measures it would authorize could actually undermine Internet security rather than enhance it. The bill also strengthened the requirement to remove personal information, though it would still allow companies to share some unnecessary personal information with the government, which could then use all personal information it receives for a myriad of criminal investigations that have nothing to do with cybersecurity.

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in the news | March 26, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

FCC Votes "Yes" on Net Neutrality

Throttling became a hot-button issue after widespread claims that cable companies had deliberately slowed to a crawl streaming video from third-party services such as Netflix. Cable companies denied they deliberately throttled the video traffic, and a study [PDF] by Measurement Lab found the choke points were at interconnections between local broadband services and long-distance traffic routes. But users remained worried that broadband providers could throttle traffic if they wanted to.