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Upcoming Events

The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights in America

EVENT September 10, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

Thursday September 10, 2015

12:15 PM – 01:45 PM

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

In his new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, journalist Ari Berman uses narrative history to bring to life the transformation of the country under the VRA and the counterrevolutionary efforts against it. Join New America for a discussion on the VRA as we explore the past and present conditions of voting rights in America.

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EVENT September 10, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Thursday September 10, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM

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

The next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos, Lahore, Monterrey or Mumbai as from Silicon Valley. Join Elmira Bayrasli for a conversation on the rise of global entrepreneurship and how innovation is shifting to the other side of the world.

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Building Strong Readers in Minnesota

EVENT September 14, 2015 02:30 PM– 04:30 PM

Monday September 14, 2015

02:30 PM – 04:30 PM

[u'Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot', u'225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401']

A new brief to be released by New America’s Early Education Initiative explores Minnesota’s PreK-3rd grade education policies and the role they play in helping school districts, schools, and teachers ensure that all children are on track to reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

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All Books
in the news | August 31, 2015 | Fellows

The Iran deal, a repudiation of the Bush doctrine

So the tension over Iran is great because this is a great battle over the principle of foreign policy and not just about this particular deal. The time has come for Congress to put its stamp of approval on this deal, making it clear to the Iranians that the full force of American political opinion is behind what the President has helped to craft. Congress has an opportunity to put us on a different path toward international stability and security than the one adopted, disastrously, in 2003 with the Iraq war.

in the news | August 31, 2015 | Future of War

China and Russia are cross-indexing hacked data to target U.S. spies, officials say

"A foreign spy agency now has the ability to cross-check who has a security clearance, via the OPM breach, with who was cheating on their wife via the Ashley Madison breach, and thus identify someone to target for blackmail," said Peter W. Singer, a fellow at the nonprofit New America Foundation in Washington and coauthor of the book "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar."

in the news | August 29, 2015 | Education Policy

Boost pre-K quality, not just access

But most of Florida’s programs run for three hours a day while New York’s programs run for more than twice as long per day in a far more expensive location, as education researcher Conor Williams wrote on the education news site Length of the day matters for both kids and their families, he wrote.

in the news | August 28, 2015 | Future of War International Security

How JSOC Harnessed Networks To Take on Terrorists

JSOC’s shift to operate as a distributed network required a host of process changes and at least two cultural shifts. First, we created “shared consciousness.” Beginning with the Counterterrorism Task Force as our hub, we expanded our network ties to conventional military units and beyond, creating deep relationships with the broader interagency team: State Department, intelligence, every key organization. This allowed us build inclusive, global communications that moved faster than the threats we faced. The heartbeat of our organization, this shared consciousness enabled thousands of people around the world to see and understand the problem in lock-step and near-real-time.

in the news | August 28, 2015 | Future Tense

How Methods Videos Are Making Science Smarter

To Pritsker, the most significant obstacle to the successful replication of experiments is the outdated text format of traditional journals: it simply can’t cope with how elaborate experiments have become. “Complexity was always an issue,” he said. “Even when biology was a much smaller enterprise, it relied on a degree of specialized craft in the laboratory. But, since the end of the nineties, we’ve seen a huge influx of new technologies into biology: genomics, proteomics, technologies like microarrays, complex genetic methods, and sophisticated microscopy and imaging techniques.” With every innovative technique, application, or new vender selling a similar but slightly different technology or reagent, the potential for experiment-spoiling variation rises.

article | August 28, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Chilling Effects of the Ashley Madison Scarlet Letter

Alex Bradshaw Jake Laperruque

It’s been a little over a week since massive amounts of data from the popular cheating website, Ashley Madison, were published online. Although public reaction has been a mix of jokes about happy divorce attorneys and betrayal-karma for users, the hack’s effects will likely spread far beyond the site, to affect anonymity and online security throughout the Internet.