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.

Connecting Talent with Opportunity in the Digital Age

Please join New America as we bring together industry experts, economists, business leaders, and policy makers to discuss how technology might address stubborn disconnects in labor markets around the world.

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GEEK HERESY

EVENT June 04, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

Thursday June 04, 2015

12:15 PM – 01:45 PM


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Popular wisdom holds that technology can help the developing world make great strides, whether it’s by facilitating education, helping with access to water, or delivering much-needed medication. But Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information and co-founder of Microsoft Research India, argues in a new book that believing technology is the key to fixing these problems is wrong-headed, and can have damaging results.

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RESOLVED: TECHNOLOGY WILL TAKE ALL OUR JOBS

EVENT June 04, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:00 PM

Thursday June 04, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:00 PM


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Policy wonks and journalists in Washington like to fret about otherwise desirable technological progress subtracting millions of manufacturing and entry-level service sector jobs from the overall economy. It hasn't been their own jobs, mind you, that they typically consider to be threatened by automation. Surely no amount of computing power can write policy papers or newspaper columns, negotiate with Iran, oversee constituent services in a congressional office or, um, convene a debate at a think tank. Or can it? Will the advent of truly nuanced, intuitive artificial intelligence render the vast majority of workers in all segments of the economy redundant? What would that mean for former think tank debate-conveners? A glorious age of leisure with bountiful productivity gains for all, or a Great Depression for all but a very few? Or are all such questions just another tiresome bout of excessive hype (and Luddite angst) around technology that will invariably prove overblown?

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press release | June 02, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Senate Made History Today with Final Passage of USA FREEDOM Act

OTI Celebrates First Major Victory in Battle for Surveillance Reform

WASHINGTON, DC — Tonight, the Senate took a historic step for Americans’ privacy and civil liberties and passed the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) by a vote of 67 to 32. The bill, which was approved by the House last month, now will go to the President’s desk to be signed into law. New America’s Open Technology Institute has strongly supported the USA FREEDOM Act over the past two years as a critical first step toward comprehensive surveillance reform.

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article | June 02, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

New UN Report Urges States to Protect and Promote the Right to Use Strong Encryption

UN Special Rapporteur on free expression argues that encryption and anonymity provide critical human rights benefits

Encryption and anonymity play a key role in the exercise of freedom of expression and opinion in the digital age — and they deserve strong protection.

That’s the key takeaway from a new report by David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and Opinion, which was published ...

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in the news | June 01, 2015 | Future of War International Security

Giant NSA Fishing Expedition Nets a Minnow

Despite the lackluster record of Section 215 in preventing terrorism, politicians have taken the opportunity to portray the expiration of certain Patriot Act provisions as a threat to every American. Far from it; the apocalyptic rhetoric instead reveals how the United States still needs a full and honest public discussion of what forms of surveillance are necessary and legitimate in order to prevent terrorism and what government actions actually are most efficacious in detecting terrorists.