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Privacy in Muslim constitutions and Karzai’s refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

While it’s no secret that negative Afghan public opinion swirls around civilian deaths from raids — rightfully so — Karzai’s antipathy towar


BETTER LIFE LAB
There’s Something About Mary

Let’s start with Mary Barra. Her appointment can be interpreted as Detroit waking up to the facts.


Google's Schmidt: We likely are in the last years when states can really censor speech

We're all familiar with the concepts of "soft power" and "hard power" in international relations, but there's a new kind of power afoot, at


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Rapping for al Qaeda in Syria

In August, al Qaeda's propaganda arm released a video starring the German rapper Deso Dogg.


RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
A Tech Innovation in Red Hook's Housing Projects

Open Technology Institute's Technology Projects Manager Georgia Bullen was quoted in a Color Lines article on the potential for the Red Hook


RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
HOW TO BUILD A LOW-COST "WI-FI MESH NETWORK" FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

A Fast Company article on the Red Hook mesh network included mentions of the Open Technology Institute's support for the project, and their


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Syrian war's brutality isn't going away

A gruesome snuff video that has garnered more than 180,000 views on YouTube underlines just how grim the Syrian conflict has become.


NEW AMERICA
From Head Start to Harvard

In 1990 and 1991, I attended a Head Start program in Lincoln, Nebraska, that offered classroom learning as well as home visits. As a little


RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Local Connections: The Red Hook WiFi Project

The Open Technology Institute's support for the Red Hook mesh network was mentioned in an Urban Omnibus article.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Syria’s Unspoken Crimes

Because reporting from the Damascus side is so difficult—journalists and human-rights workers are largely banned from government-controlled


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Mountaintop Town Is a Diverse Haven From Syria’s Horrors

In a country clouded by conflict, where neighbors and families are now divided by sectarian hatred, this mountaintop town renowned for its s


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Bleary-Eyed Troops Fight a Building at a Time in Syria

In many ways, Homs serves as a microcosm of Syria, a community of Sunnis, Shiites, Alawites and Christians who lived side by side, only to f