New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

CURE Hospital Shooting, Kabul | BBC News

April 28, 2014

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What's At Stake For Tacoma Preschoolers Now That Wash. State Lost Its NCLB Waiver | KPLU

April 25, 2014

The loss of that flexibility "will have a real impact," according to Anne Hyslop, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation. "There's just not going to be as much leeway in how they can spend their Title I dollars for school improvement."

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The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Will Kill Aereo, Even If the Supreme Court Doesn’t | The Washington Post

April 25, 2014

"If the reports are correct and the commission is planning to propose rules that would allow for paid prioritization of content, then certainly companies like Aereo would be right to worry that their content could be subject to tolls in order to access ISPs' users over the Internet," said Sarah Morris, senior policy counsel at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

Why Washington Won't Change the No Child Left Behind Conversation | US News & World Report

April 25, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's decision to revoke the state's waiver did catch the attention of some in Congress -- particularly Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who said she was "deeply disappointed" about the loss -- but it doesn't fundamentally change the conversation, says Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program.

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Report: FCC's Proposed Middle Ground Net Neutrality Rules Come Under Fire | FierceTelecom

April 24, 2014

"We are dismayed to hear reports from multiple sources that the FCC is considering rules that would allow Internet service providers to extract additional fees from content companies for prioritized access to their subscribers," said Sarah Morris, senior policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America, in a statement.

FCC Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards | CBS

April 24, 2014

Some policy analysts are unhappy with the FCC's current proposal. "The beauty of the Internet has always been its ability to serve as an unrestricted platform for all speech, giving users the ability to access the content that they choose without ISP-selected 'fast lanes' and 'slow lanes,'" said Sarah J. Morris, senior policy counsel at New America, a non-partisan think tank.

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New America Foundation Pushes for Unlicensed Device UHF Spectrum | TV Technology

April 24, 2014

Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project, New America Foundation "expressed grave concern in the public interest community that the incentive auction team’s reported recommendations, apparently designed solely to maximize auction revenue, represent an unbalanced and misguided approach that, if adopted, would constitute a decision to kill off the Commission’s longstanding goal--a goal reiterated in the NPRM--to facilitate national markets for unlicensed innovation and connectivity in the low-band spectrum below 700 MHz."

New Details Emerge On the New, Neutered Net Neutrality Rules | The Huffington Post

April 24, 2014

A policy that encourages paid prioritization is not network neutrality, and the commission is using a bad legal path to a terrible policy end," said Sarah J. Morris, senior policy counsel at New America, a non-partisan think tank.

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Duncan Yanks NCLB Waiver from Washington State | Politico

April 24, 2014

But Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation, cautioned that the waiver loss may make it harder for the state to support those priority and focus schools. The state will have less flexibility in how it chooses to spend federal Title I funds — and there’s only so much to go around. Plus, Hyslop said, it may be hard for the state to maintain its laser focus on those schools while addressing mandates imposed by NCLB.

Washington Becomes First State To Return To No Child Left Behind | The Huffington Post

April 24, 2014

"It might give states additional motivation to move off of high-risk status if it's a punitive process for Washington," said Anne Hyslop, an education analyst at the New America Foundation, "but some states might see this and say, 'That doesn't sound so bad, I wouldn't mind doing it.' You might see states opting not to extend their waiver."

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FCC Proposing Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards | Fox News

April 24, 2014

"The beauty of the Internet has always been its ability to serve as an unrestricted platform for all speech, giving users the ability to access the content that they choose without ISP-selected `fast lanes' and `slow lanes,"' said Sarah J. Morris, senior policy counsel at New America, a non-partisan think tank. "A policy that encourages paid prioritization is not network neutrality, and the Commission is using a bad legal path to a terrible policy end," she said.

The Effect of Net Neutrality Rules on Consumers | The Washington Post

April 24, 2014

“You can’t have one without the other,” said Sarah Morris, a senior policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute.

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Arne Duncan Revokes Washington State's NCLB Waiver | Education Week

April 24, 2014

Sound complicated? Accountability experts think so too. "I think it's going to be really confusing for the public and for parents to understand this," said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation. "There are going to be a lot of questions about how this affects local districts and schools."

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FCC Proposal Stokes Net Neutrality Concerns | U.S. News & World Report

April 24, 2014

That reclassification option “remains on the table” said the FCC official, who emphasized the commission will be considering how to modify the draft rules. If the FCC does not seek reclassification to ensure net neutrality, the rules "will be essentially useless top protect consumers,” says Sarah Morris, senior policy counsel at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute think tank.

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The Limits of India’s Historic Election | The Weekly Wonk

April 24, 2014

Anish Goel, New America’s Senior Fellow for the National Security Program and a South Asian expert, says the reactions may be premature – and that analysts are overstating Modi’s influence. “Any time India has an election, it’s a massive exercise in democracy,” he noted. “And there is a stark contrast between the two parties. [But the] economy is the number one issue.” Pointing out that Modi’s history with religion has taken a backseat to his economic record, Goel pushed back against the international alarmism that has surrounded the election. “Modi at his core is a pragmatist.

US Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards | The Washington Post

April 23, 2014

“A policy that encourages paid prioritization is not network neutrality, and the commission is using a bad legal path to a terrible policy end,” said Sarah J. Morris, senior policy counsel at New America, a non-partisan think tank.

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How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws | The American Prospect

April 22, 2014

“This data-based discrimination strips crucial resources from working families and communities of color in ways that allow disadvantage to accumulate over time,” says Seeta Gangadharan, senior research fellow at the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation. “During the mortgage crisis, it is clear that African American and Latino families were targeted by the subprime industry—including by targeted online advertising. These families lost their homes and were foreclosed on at higher rates than other groups.

The Problem With Student Loan Forgiveness | The National Journal

April 21, 2014

Under Pay as You Earn, lawyers with over a hundred thousand dollars of debt can be earning $70,000 a year, qualify for income-driven repayment, and end up having the majority of their loans forgiven, Delisle and co-author Alex Holt found in a 2012 report.

U.S. Promotes Network To Foil Digital Spying | The New York Times

April 20, 2014

Sascha Meinrath, founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan research group in Washington that has been developing the mesh system, said that his group has had “hundreds of queries from across the U.S.” since ...

Al Qaeda Leader, Somalia-Based Terror Group Present New Messages | CNN

April 20, 2014

Peter Bergen, an authority on terrorism who interviewed the late Osama bin Laden and is a CNN national security analyst, said that this Al-Shabaab threat has to be taken seriously. "We certainly can't dismiss their ability to carry out those kinds of ...

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