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From Crawling to Walking

Right now only about one-third of all children attending school in the United States can read proficiently by fourth grade. The numbers are even more dismaying for our most vulnerable students. How can state policymakers lessen the achievement gap and improve literacy outcomes for all children? A new report from ...

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Working Women Are Looking Back to Get Ahead

EVENT December 02, 2015 09:30 AM– 11:00 AM

Wednesday December 02, 2015

09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

[u'740 15th Street NW, Suite 900', u'Washington, DC 20005']

If we want gender equality to be a fixture of the future of work, the first step may be to learn from our labor past. Join New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler for a conversation about how we can leverage lessons from the largest working women’s organization in America to improve wages and standards for all Americans.

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Taking Our Body (Camera) Temperature

EVENT December 02, 2015 04:00 PM– 06:00 PM

Wednesday December 02, 2015

04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

[u'New America', u'740 15th Street NW', u'Suite 900', u'Washington, DC 20005']

Join OTI in our conversation as our panel of experts talk about the present and map out potential future steps. Possible questions include: Will body cameras be unrolled at national borders? Should they be? Has body camera footage been used as evidence in a criminal court case? Who has been paying for the body cameras, and in the past year, how much money have the vendors pulled in?

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My Favorite Movie with Dr. France Córdova

EVENT December 02, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:00 PM

Wednesday December 02, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

[u'Landmark E Street Cinema', u'555 11th Street NW', u'Washington, DC 20004']

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, wants you to join her to watch October Sky, the 1999 film that skyrocketed Jake Gyllenhaall’s career and is about how the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite triggered a new era of scientific innovation and basic research in America. Gyllenhaall plays a West Virginia miner’s son eager to reach for the stars as a rocketeer. An inspirational tale of determination and ingenuity, October Sky captures the human side of the space age.

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All Books
article | December 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Bridging the Tech/Policy Divide

Preparing for the future of technology and public policy

OTI recently launched Bridging the Tech/Policy Divide, a resource-based toolkit to prepare for the future of of technology policy education and work. Our goal is to build out the toolkit so that it can be federated across public policy schools in universities in order to strengthen the public sector tech professional pipeline. Future leaders need training along all these dimensions to fully understand technology’s societal impact.

article | November 30, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

The Investigatory Powers Bill: An Open Door for the UK Government

On Friday November 27th, the Open Technology Institute submitted written testimony to the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill currently under debate. While there are many problematic aspects to the bill as it is written right now, our comments focused on the issues raised by what the bill terms Computer and Network Exploitation (CNE) but which we would refer to as “hacking”.

in the news | November 25, 2015 | Future of War International Security


Laser weapons are not just the stuff of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also now a real technology of growing importance to war. On November 7, 2015, a CCTV newscast showed that China is making great progress in this new weapons area, showing images of a laser weapon, the Low Altitude Guardian II (LAG II), destroying airborne targets at a military test site.