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The Declining Half-Life of Secrets

In the first paper in the New America Cybersecurity Fellows Paper Series, Georgia Tech professor and Alston & Bird LLP. Senior Counsel, Peter Swire, examines the implications of the changing nature of secrets for the intelligence community.

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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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Join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 for a conversation about how we should be thinking about the ownership of publicly funded educational materials.If the federal government pays for educational resources to be developed, should those resources belong in the public commons? Increasingly, federal agencies are starting to think the answer should be “yes.” From the Departments of Labor and Education, to the National Science Foundation, agencies are considering how to share the wealth of educational materials they fund with the public.But many questions remain: How should these materials be licensed? Where will these materials be stored? Who will be responsible for curating them? What incentives can be used to encourage the creation of new materials?To talk through these questions and more, we’ve assembled a panel of experts to #LegalHack 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 | 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.

article | July 30, 2015 | The Weekly Wonk
Taking Aim at Student Debt

Taking Aim at Student Debt

P.R. Lockhart

This year’s class of college graduates is the most indebted in history and there looks to be no end in sight to the onslaught of student debt. Proponents of new solutions to the crisis debated the problem at a recent event at New America.