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Create a national university

In his first address to Congress, George Washington called for the creation of a national university. In the latest in New America’s Big Ideas series on, Kevin Carey says it’s time to use 21st century information technology to make Washington’s 1796 vision for a national university a reality.

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EVENT March 03, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Tuesday March 03, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM

[u'199 Lafayette Street, Suite 3B', u'New York, NY 10012']

American higher education is in crisis. But the disruptive power of information technology is about to change all that. Join Kevin Carey and Marian Wang for a conversation about the end of college, and what comes next.

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Creating the Future of Learning

EVENT March 04, 2015 03:30 PM– 05:00 PM

Wednesday March 04, 2015

03:30 PM – 05:00 PM

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

Join New America for a conversation with Kevin Carey and education technology writer Audrey Watters about the end of college, and what comes next.

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article | March 03, 2015 | Profits & Purpose

Video: A Path Appears

"Hope is like a path in the countryside," wrote Chinese essayist Lu Xun. "Originally there is nothing. But as people walk this way again and again, a path appears."

In Half the Sky, award-winning journalists and husband and wife team Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof examined the stories of struggles ...

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press release | March 03, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
Open Technology Institute, Privacy Advocates Ask White House to Improve Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

Open Technology Institute, Privacy Advocates Ask White House to Improve Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

White House discussion draft is a good start but isn't strong enough.

Washington, DC - This morning, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), along with 13 other privacy advocates, sent an open letter to the White House enumerating several concerns with the discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bills of Rights Act, which the White House released on Friday afternoon.

In the ...

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article | March 03, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
Human Sized Data

Human Sized Data

It's not all about the big data

“I can't feed my baby daughter data, as much as I'd love to because I love data. It's only useful if you apply it to create an actual public benefit.” –Todd Park

As Todd Park, U.S. technology advisor in Silicon Valley and former Chief Technology Officer ...

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in the news | March 03, 2015 | Fellows

A Polarized Court, Weighing a Reversal of the Safety Net

Julian Zelizer, a Princeton historian and the author of a new book on the 1960s expansion of the safety net, said the closest analogy might be Reconstruction and the reaction to it. An enormous federal effort initially succeeded in expanding civil rights in the South, only to be reversed in later years. The reversal lasted decades. Reconstruction is obviously a charged, and imperfect, analogy. (For one thing, the people who would lose health insurance now would be predominantly white Southerners.) But the fact that no better precedent comes to mind underscores the highly unusual nature of what could happen at the Supreme Court.

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in the news | March 02, 2015 | Future of War

A very unequal dialogue: NA/ASU FoW conference and civ-mil relations

Tom disagrees with my recent assessment that the recent New America Foundation/Arizona State University Future of War Conference underrepresented the uniformed military, resulting in a stunted, unbalanced product. In response, I’ll do three things; first, we’ll look at the numbers. Second, I’ll explain why this is imbalance undermines the conference’s efficacy. Third, I’ll get into some personal anecdotes that describe how these civil-military themes play out at the individual level. What a reader will find is that the civil-military gap is unacceptably wide in the intellectual sphere, and even the kindest expressions of gratitude cannot effectively bridge this expanse. My takeaway from the Future of War Conference: the military is to be thanked and not heard.