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If the federal government pays for educational resources to be developed, should those resources belong in the public commons? Join New America for a conversation about how we should be thinking about the ownership of publicly funded educational materials.

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#LegalHack Open Educational Resources

EVENT August 05, 2015 06:00 PM– 08:00 PM

Wednesday August 05, 2015

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM


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If the federal government pays for educational resources to be developed, should those resources belong in the public commons? Join New America for a conversation about how we should be thinking about the ownership of publicly funded educational materials.

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GIVE US THE BALLOT

EVENT August 05, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Wednesday August 05, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM


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Join New America NYC on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act for a conversation on the modern struggle for voting rights and what it means for our larger understandings of freedom and democracy in America.

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WE COME AS FRIENDS

EVENT August 12, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Wednesday August 12, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


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Join New America NYC for a screening of We Come As Friends and a post-screening discussion with Academy Award® nominated director Hubert Sauper and other experts in global development and international diplomacy on the future of a still young South Sudan and its place in African and global politics.

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Books

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in the news | August 03, 2015 | Fellows

Obama Reaches for Green Legacy, But Will History Books Agree?

If Obama's muscular executive agenda isn't dismantled by a future president or Congress, Princeton University political historian Julian Zelizer said Obama has earned a spot on a Mount Rushmore of environmental presidents alongside people like Teddy Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon (who established the EPA)."He deserves a spot in that he has used executive power to deal with this, he has now talked about it, he has come back to a theme that he kind of left behind in 2008," Zelizer said.

press release | August 03, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

OTI Releases Standardized BroadBand Disclosure Proposal

Brynne Henn

Washington, DC - Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute published a report titled Broadband Truth-in-Labeling: Empowering Consumer Choice Through Consumer Disclosure. The report updates a proposal first made by OTI in 2009 for a nutrition-label-like standardized disclosure for broadband service packages that would enable consumers to more easily understand and ...

article | August 03, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
Empowering Consumer Choice Through Standardized Disclosure

Empowering Consumer Choice Through Standardized Disclosure

OTI Updates Its 2009 “Broadband Truth-in-Labeling” Proposal

Emily Hong
Laura Moy

As a consumer in the United States, it is extraordinarily difficult to make informed decisions about Internet service providers (ISPs) and their offerings. Consumers trying to pick an Internet plan can’t always find the information they’d like to know about available service packages—basic information on speed and ...

policy paper | August 03, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
Broadband Truth-in-Labeling

Broadband Truth-in-Labeling

Empowering Consumer Choice Through Standardized Disclosure

Brynne Henn

Below you will find the introduction to "Broadband Truth-In-Labeling: Empowering Consumer Choice Through Standardized Disclosure," a policy brief by the Open Technology Institute. Download the entire PDF version here. 

As a consumer in the United States, it is extraordinarily difficult to make informed decisions about Internet service providers (ISPs) and ...

in the news | August 02, 2015 | Fellows

Christie's pivotal week: Here comes the first 2016 Republican debate

"For him, every week is a big deal. If you slip and you're still struggling to get attention, every opportunity matters," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of political history at Princeton University."This is an opportunity to show people what his virtues are ... and try to come away with being something other than that New Jersey guy involved with the bridge scandal," he said. "You want to give off the aura that you can win, that you're a frontrunner."

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

Pentagon seeks cyberweapons strong enough to deter attacks

“This is a new realm of war,” said Peter W. Singer, a fellow at the nonprofit New America Foundation in Washington and coauthor of the book “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar.”“We need to get better at it. We need to develop a better deterrence model. But it’s never going to protect you against 100% of all attacks that’s sent your way.”

in the news | July 31, 2015 | Fellows

Medicare at 50: Looking back, and looking forward

Medicare was difficult to achieve, even though the American public was less ideologically divided over the proposal than it has been over, say, the Affordable Care Act. According to Julian Zelizer’s wonderful book on the Congressional battles over the Great Society, polling in the mid-1960s showed that a majority of Americans favored government-funded health care for the elderly over a privately-financed program.Yet while Medicare was widely hailed as a groundbreaking moment for American health care policy, it actually disappointed liberals in some respects. As Zelizer writes, the legislation “was a far cry from the program President Truman had proposed,” and “provided federal support only to a segment of the population.”

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

How to pay for Medicare's next 50 years

"There is going to be another argument about how you fix the long-term challenges for [Medicare]," said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton and the author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society." Medicare's long-term viability will probably require either cuts in benefits or higher taxes, he said, and "the most powerful way to do that politically is some kind of differentiation in who has to pay."

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

After 50 years of Medicare, are we any better off?

"We have a tendency to forget the history of laws that extended the obligations and commitments of the federal government. But the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, which shattered the barriers that had separated the federal government and the health-care system, was no less contentious than the recent debates about the Affordable Care Act," said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton historian.

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Future of War

China Joins the Laser Arms Race

A collaboration between the Academy and Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corporation, the Low Altitude Guard I is a 10 kilowatt laser meant to zap low flying drones up to 2 kilometers away. The Low Altitude Guard I's electro-optical turret can see out to 5 kilometers. Promotional literature brags about its automated fire control-- it's able to identify and track rogue drones so that the operator only needs to press a firing button. The Low Altitude Guard's small size allows for stealthy placement on high-rise buildings and around critical infrastructure like airports and dams. Lasers are also a cheaper and safer lethal air defense option, especially in urban areas, compared to cannons and missiles.