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GHOST FLEET

What would World War III look like? Join New America NYC for a conversation with P. W. Singer and August Cole on what an imagination of the future of national security means for the reality of today.

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GHOST FLEET

EVENT June 30, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Tuesday June 30, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM


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

What would World War III look like? Join New America NYC for a conversation with P. W. Singer and August Cole on what an imagination of the future of national security means for the reality of today.

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Team of Teams

EVENT July 02, 2015 03:00 PM– 04:30 PM

Thursday July 02, 2015

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM


[u'1899 L Street NW, Suite 400', u'Washington, DC, 20036']

In the new book Team of Teams, General McChrystal and his coauthors, David Silverman and Chris Fussell, show how the challenges they faced in Iraq, Afghanistan, and over a decade of special operations missions around the globe can be relevant to businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations here at home.

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

EVENT July 07, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Tuesday July 07, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


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

Join New America NYC for a screening of The Look of Silence and a conversation with the film's director and leading legal scholars and journalists on achieving both the small acts of healing and the large objectives of justice in Indonesia and across the international community.

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Paving the Way for Work

EVENT July 08, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

Wednesday July 08, 2015

12:15 PM – 01:45 PM


[u'1899 L Street NW, Suite 400', u'Washington, DC 20036']

How can we spur job creation in America? What is the best way to help part time workers? Millions of Americans are working fewer hours than they would like or need. While the unemployment rate has fallen since the end of the Great Recession, too many Americans need more hours than they are able to find.

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press release | June 30, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

OTI Urges Close Scrutiny of Harmful Data Cap Practices

New Report Highlights Consumer Harms Stemming from Data Caps Practices

Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute is releasing a new report examining the use of data caps on wired and mobile broadband service in the United States. The report analyzes the financial incentives that major Internet service providers have to implement these usage limits and research that demonstrates the behavioral effect of these policies on consumers.

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

Ghosts in the Machine: 20 Questions with Peter Singer and August Cole

With their new techno-thriller, Ghost Fleet, Peter Singer and August Cole take an unexpected twist on the classic Clancy formula, producing a book that is equal parts science fiction and science fact. But, unlike Clancy, there is no (spoiler alert!) happy ending. Heroes fight and die, machines rise and fail, and America finds herself at her most vulnerable in centuries.

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

The Big Idea: P.W. Singer and August Cole

What happens when two authors with combined decades of experience working in and chronicling the defense industry attempt to plausibly devise a war scenario only a few years into the future? You might find the book has uncomfortable parallels with the real world. But of course, as P.W. Singer and August Cole might tell you about their book Ghost Fleet, perhaps that’s the point.

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book | June 30, 2015 | Cybersecurity Initiative

Ghost Fleet

A Novel of the Next World War

Summary

The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic–drone strikes to old warships from the ...

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

PODCAST: The war with China you’ve been waiting for

I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with PW Singer and August Cole to talk about their new book, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. Yes, these two wonks wrote some fiction and it’s an impressive piece of work. In Ghost Fleet, they bring us into the future – not too far away – and show us how this war could very well be fought, examining the social, political, and technological issues through the eyes of a massive cast of characters. The way they portray military technology and its myriad effects was, in particular, fresh and interesting.

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policy paper | June 30, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
Artificial Scarcity

Artificial Scarcity

How Data Caps Harm Consumers and Innovation

In this paper, we examine the growth and impact of usage-based pricing and data caps on wired and mobile broadband services in the United States. We analyze the financial incentive that Internet service providers (ISPs) have to implement these usage limits and discuss research that demonstrates how these policies affect consumer behavior. In particular, we explain how data caps can make it harder for consumers to make informed choices; decrease the adoption and use of existing and new online services; and undermine online security. It is also increasingly clear that data caps have a disproportionate impact on low-income and minority populations as well as groups like telecommuters and students. In the conclusion, we urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), particularly as the new Open Internet Order goes into effect, to open up a serious inquiry into whether data caps are an acceptable business practice.

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

This Is What World War III Will Look Like

A great power conflict would be quite different from the small wars of today that the U.S. has grow accustomed to and, in turn, others think reveal a new American weakness. Unlike the Taliban or even Saddam’s Iraq, great powers can fight across all the domains; the last time the U.S. fought a peer in the air or at sea was in 1945. But a 21st century fight would also see battles for control of two new domains.

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

How to Write About World War III

For all of the focus among today’s policymakers on terrorism and insurgencies in the Middle East—a focus that also dominates the fiction section of the thriller genre—we believe the geopolitics of the 21st century will be shaped by a brewing cold war between the United States and an ascendant China along with its junior partner (who doesn’t yet realize it), Russia.

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Future of War

Catching One Nazi Became his Life

I’ve been meeting and corresponding with Smith, on his own time and not in his official capacity, for the past 13 months. He stands six-foot-five and is built like a linebacker, with a youthful, almost innocent-looking face that can’t hide the shock and outrage he feels with each new discovery of some atrocity. He shared with me the bulk of his many thousands of pages on the Oradour killings. Smith is convinced that his grandfather’s account is the only documented testimony by an American serviceman of the massacre. And he thinks that Murphy’s statement, along with a cache of U.S. military and intelligence reports that Smith has found and that were never used in a criminal trial, can help prove Christukat's guilt, as well as a pattern of abuse by his unit and other German soldiers.

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Future of War

Author Warns U.S. to Focus on China

Mr. Singer pointed out to the Air Force leadership that the opening scene of “Ghost Fleet,” featuring a showdown between a U.S. P-8 plane monitoring Chinese ships, played out in real life last month in an increasingly concerning dispute over islands in the South China Sea.“War is not just revolutionary, it’s evolutionary,” he said. “It’s survival of the fittest. And the real world is moving in such a way as to make this book potentially a work of prediction, which I’d rather never come true.”

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Securing the Internet Commons

Decoupling sovereignty from territory is hard to do, particularly after Snowden showed the world just how far one country’s technological tentacles can reach. Still, the larger lesson is that differentiating between national security and global security in the digital world may be both impossible and deeply counter-productive. We need new maps and mindsets and new coalitions of business, civic activists, and all those who understand that national security must include the protection of privacy and freedom of expression. And we need new ways to engage both governments and citizens in a new, exhilarating, dangerous, and still largely unexplored world.

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Future of War

From Unmanned Fighters to Orbital Lasers, How the U.S. and China Could Fight a War

If the United States and China ever got into a shooting war, it might look a lot like "Ghost Fleet," a new book co-written by Washington think-tankers. Set up as a novel told from the perspective of, alternately, a Navy captain, a U.S. Marine-turned-insurgent and an occupying Russian official, among others, "Ghost Fleet" explores how our military's reliance on digital technology is both an asset and a liability. I spoke last week to co-author P.W. Singer, a researcher at the New America Foundation who studies the future of warfare. Here's an edited transcript of our conversation.