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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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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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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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press release | July 27, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Massive Coalition of Security Experts, Companies, and Civil Society Groups Urge Obama to Veto CISA

Today, a group of 68 security experts, tech companies, and civil society organizations sent a letter urging President Obama to threaten to veto the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S. 754). CISA raises many of the same concerns that were the basis of the Administration’s two veto threats over a previous information sharing bill titled CISPA.

in the news | July 27, 2015 | Fellows

What Jeb Bush doesn't get about Medicare

While Republicans backed away from Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to radically overhaul Medicare, GOP candidate Jeb Bush just brought the issue right back into the campaign by telling a Koch brothers event in New Hampshire that Congress should phase out the program. "We need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits," he said, "that are receiving the benefits. But we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything."Faced with an immediate backlash that he was veering far right, Bush backed off and said his statement was taken out of context.