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X-Lab Celebrates One Year Anniversary, Spins out as an Independent Tech Tank

WASHINGTON, DC ­– New America congratulates X-Lab director and founder Sascha Meinrath on X-Lab’s spin out as an independent tech tank starting in April.

X-Lab, a project incubated at New America over the last year, will be housed at the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works to achieve a healthier, more equitable world through a diverse array of technology, conservation, education, global health, and other philanthropic initiatives.

“Today, Washington needs bold leadership that can chart a course through the increasingly complex tensions that new technologies are creating,” stated Sascha Meinrath, X-Lab’s founder and director. “I’ve been honored to work with many of the smartest technical minds on the planet, launching both New America’s Open Technology Institute and now X-Lab. X-Lab is conceptualized from the ground up to provide a fundamentally new kind of collaborative environment for the next generation of tech policy visionaries.”

Meinrath previously founded New America’s Open Technology Institute in 2008, and led its rapid growth to become one of the leading technology policy organizations in the nation’s capital. He stepped down as OTI’s Director and New America’s Vice-­President in 2014 to launch X-Lab, the latest in a series of innovative projects he’s curated and developed at New America.

“The Open Technology Institute is a vital and exciting part of New America, one that is helping to shape our future at the intersection of policy and technology in a wide range of fields,” stated Anne­-Marie Slaughter, President of New America. “Sascha founded and built OTI over a number of years, for which we are deeply grateful. We expect great things from him as he spins out his new venture.”

More information about X-Lab can be found here. Information about New America’s Open Technology Institute can be found here