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.

Abubakar Shekau: The Boko Haram Leader Who Came Back From The Dead ...

May 6, 2014

"They actually originated as a group called the Nigerian Taliban, which kind of explains where they're coming from," CNN's national-security analyst Peter Bergen said. "They are aiming to impose Taliban-style rule on much of Nigeria, particularly in ...

Municipal Broadband Primer Emphasizes the Practical | Roll Call

May 6, 2014

The New America Foundation and consulting firm CTC Technology & Energy released a report this morning that’s intended to be a primer on the options that local communities have for building public broadband networks. It looks at different models, broadband technologies, benefits and risks.

FCC Democrats Likely to Push for Further Changes to Incentive Auction White Spaces Rules | Communications Daily

May 5, 2014

Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation was hopeful his side was making progress. “They’re working on it but it’s still too early to tell,” he said of FCC officials. “The Public Interest Spectrum Coalition remains hopeful that the commission will decide to follow congressional intent and dedicate the LTE guard bands for unlicensed devices,” Calabrese said. “Unlicensed microphones are not a problem.

NSA-Limiting Bill To Get Markup This Week | Broadcasting & Cable

May 5, 2014

“Although we’re still analyzing the details of this new version of the USA FREEDOM Act, especially the new authority for the collection of phone records that the President requested, we’re incredibly pleased to see the leaders of the Judiciary Committee crossing party lines to come together and move forward on a bill that’s clearly intended to prevent the bulk collection of records by the government—be they phone records, Internet records, or any other records,” said OTI policy director Kevin Bankston in a statement.

For-Profit Colleges And The

May 5, 2014

That debate was expertly dissected by Ben Miller at the New America Foundation, so it does not need rehashing. Instead, I would like to point out several dubious peripheral claims made by the Post's Glenn Kessler. In shrugging off the Washington Post ...

Ownership of Personal Data Still Appears Up for Grabs | The Los Angeles Times

May 5, 2014

Kevin Bankston, policy director for the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, a tech-related think tank, wondered whether the report was "ultimately a distraction that has needlessly taken focus away from the debate over how to rein in the National Security Agency's massive surveillance programs."

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What's At Stake In War Against Girls' Kidnappers?

May 5, 2014

By Peter Bergen and Bailey Cahall. updated 5:51 PM EDT, Mon May 5, 2014. Protesters in a "million-woman march" on Wednesday, April 30, in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, highlight the government's failure to rescue scores of girls who were kidnapped from ...

Rival NSA Bills Put Boehner on the Spot | The Hill

May 5, 2014

Kevin Bankston, policy director at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, applauded the committee’s movement but said in a statement that he is “dismayed” with the removal of the transparency measures.

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Tech Startups May Be The Last Line Of Defense For Net Neutrality

May 2, 2014

“What we face is organized money and lobbying power and decades of relationships,” said Marvin Ammori, a board member of Engine Advocacy, a group that lobbies on behalf of more than 500 tech startups and investors. "On our side is everyone who uses ...

Feds Give State 60 Days to Answer Concerns About Education Standards | Indy Star

May 2, 2014

“It’s a pretty significant condition that the state has to address,” said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

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Beyond Net Neutrality: The New Battle For The Future Of The Internet

May 2, 2014

That's how things worked when Tim Wu, an academic who's now a law professor at Columbia, coined the term network neutrality in 2002. ISPs purchased connectivity from a handful of companies that operated long-distance networks known as the internet's ...

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Feds Question Indiana's New Education Standards | JConline

May 2, 2014

"It's a pretty significant condition that the state has to address," said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation. "It's going to be a tight turnaround."

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How Campaign Contributions And Lobbying Can Lead To Inefficient Economic ...

May 2, 2014

On top of the concern that businesses may exert an outsized influence on policymakers, the dominance of business groups in lobbying highlights the risk of the emergence of what Marvin Ammori, a fellow at the New America Foundation, calls a “corruption ...

How Scientists, Car Companies, And The Military Are Creating The Smartest ...

May 1, 2014

“[Tesla's] goal by 2020 is to be producing 500,000 cars — 500,000 battery packs — out of that gigafactory,” said Steve LeVine, a journalist for Quartz who's writing a book on batteries and their potential to transform energy as we know it. If Tesla ...

After a Long Silence, the White House Weighs In On Online Privacy Rules That Are Decades Out of Date | The Washington Post

May 1, 2014

Kevin Bankston, the Policy Director at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, praised the White House report for recommending ECPA reform and urged legislative action. "Especially now that the White House has joined the chorus of voices calling for strong electronic privacy reform, it's time for Congress to quit stalling and move forward on legislation to ensure that the police can’t secretly grab your private emails without probable cause," he said in a press release.

On Campus Moocs

May 1, 2014

... over the last couple of years -- largely take advantage simply of ... broadcasting educational words, sounds and images at a scale and a cost without precedent,” said Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation.

The War Correspondents' View From Afghanistan

May 1, 2014

A pair of new books on the war in Afghanistan — "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014" by Carlotta Gall and "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes" by Anand Gopal — both by journalists ...

Big Reaction to White House Big Data Report | Broadcasting & Cable

May 1, 2014

"Although today’s report is a helpful addition to ongoing discussions about consumer privacy and digital discrimination, it’s worth asking the question: in a post-Snowden world, with government spying at the top of the agenda for policymakers, Internet companies and advocates both here and around the globe, was this really the best way for the White House’s top tech policy minds to be spending the last three months?" asked OTI policy director Kevin Bankston.

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