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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


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

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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press release | August 04, 2015 | Education Policy Open Technology Institute
OER Policy Coalition Calls on White House for Executive Action on Open Licensing of Federally Funded Educational Resources

OER Policy Coalition Calls on White House for Executive Action on Open Licensing of Federally Funded Educational Resources

Today, New America's Education Policy Program, along with a broad coalition of education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations, have called upon the White House to take administrative action to ensure federally funded educational materials are made available as Open Education Resources (OER) that are free to use, share, and improve.

policy paper | August 04, 2015 | Education Policy
familiarity with financial aid

familiarity with financial aid

2015 College Decisions Survey: Part III

College Decisions Part III: Familiarity with Financial Aid focuses on what information students know about financial aid options. It looks at the types of financial aid with which prospective and recently-enrolled students are familiar and how they learned about them.

policy paper | August 04, 2015 | Economic Growth
New Economy, New Social Contract

New Economy, New Social Contract

In "New Economy, New Social Contract" Steven Hill outlines a fair, sensible and affordable way to create a new safety net for this new economy. Drawing upon what is already working in the U.S., Hill's proposal aims to allow workers with multiple employers to benefit from a fully portable safety net based on Individual Security Accounts and a greater degree of legal parity between the many different classifications of U.S. workers.

article | August 04, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

DHS Is Very Worried About CISA, and They Should Be

Even With the Manager’s Amendment

The privacy and security communities have long decried the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S. 754) as being bad on privacy and bad on security. As it turns out, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - the civilian agency that quarterbacks the federal government’s cybersecurity and ...

in the news | August 04, 2015 | Political Reform

When it comes to lobbying, one group stands out

"The big problem is that on a lot of issues, [government] agencies are hearing a lot from corporations and often very little from folks representing public interest groups or other potentially countervailing interests," said Drutman, author of "The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate."

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.

in the news | August 03, 2015 | Fellows

Christie's policy focus isn't lifting him out of the pack

Even if Christie makes the cut, though, the debate stage won't afford him the ability to delve into his policy specifics, said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.Christie's challenge, Zelizer said, will be to draw broader contrasts with rivals such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker."The burden on him is to say something that grabs people's attention and makes him look different fundamentally than some of these other candidates," he 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 ...

in the news | August 03, 2015 | Fellows

How America got polarized

Too much of television news is now about the fight between the panelists, not the issues. The show "Crossfire" on CNN institutionalized this approach on a nightly basis starting in the early 1980s. For decades, there has been a premium on panelists who can light up the airwaves with dramatic and contentious arguments. As with professional hockey games, viewers often tune in to see the panelists go after one another rather than try to rationally work through the problems of the day. The incentives for television hosts and panelists is to be confrontational and to be shocking. That draws the ratings.

in the news | August 03, 2015 | Political Reform

Measure seeks to reveal names, funding behind indirect lobbying

But distinguishing between different kinds of advocates is very difficult, said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow on political reform at the New America Foundation.“It’s not a clear call how to approach this problem,” Drutman said. “Where does legitimate public participation end and corporate, ginned-up participation begin? And how do we put clear markers on what is genuine, heartfelt participation and participation in which people are only there because they are being coerced or forced into it?”

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

Broadband Truth-in-Labeling

Empowering Consumer Choice Through Standardized Disclosure

Emily Hong
Isabelle Styslinger Laura Moy

In what hopefully will be a useful resource as the FCC and Consumer Advisory Committee work to develop a standardized disclosure format for the voluntary safe harbor established by the 2015 Open Internet Order, this document updates the original Broadband Truth-in- Labeling proposal first offered by OTI in 2009. The new format has been redesigned to reflect the FCC’s current rules on ISP transparency. This format also takes into consideration research regarding consumer decision- making, as well as OTI’s unique experience examining ISPs disclosures to collect the information used to inform OTI’s annual Cost of Connectivity reports.