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.

Pakistan Dissected

May 6, 2014

Some of these books have been recently reviewed in the New York Review of Books by Anatol Lieven, a well-regarded expert on Pakistani affairs. His book, Pakistan: A Hard Country is considered a relatively sympathetic account but there is very little ...

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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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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 ...

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 ...

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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State College Tuition Skyrocketed During Recession, Study Finds

May 1, 2014

When times are good, you don't see them lowering tuition,” says Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at the New America Foundation. “Over the past few decades, we've really seen a breakdown of states' commitment to higher education.

White House Report Warns Of 'Big Data' Abuses | NBC News

May 1, 2014

Kevin Bankston, policy director at analyst group the Open Technology Institute, praised several aspects of the report. But he took issue with the report’s lack of discussion of any of the issues raised by the NSA’s surveillance programs.

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You May Have to Pay More Based on Your Race, White House Fears | The National Journal

May 1, 2014

"'Big data' isn't just a privacy issue—it's also a civil-rights issue," Seeta Peña Gangadharan, a senior research fellow with the New America Foundation, said in a statement applauding the White House report.

"New technologies enabling massive data collection and analysis promise many economic and practical benefits, but they also have a dark side, creating new risks of data-driven digital discrimination and the reinforcement of existing inequalities through automated decision-making."

The Wrong Debate

May 1, 2014

Just last year, New America's Education Policy Program released a proposal that would redesign Federal Student Aid. Instead of doling out costly higher education tax benefits to middle- and upper-income families who send their children to college no ...

Alan Davidson, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation | Federal News Radio

May 1, 2014

The Office of Personnel Management is rolling out the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. If the numbers from last year hold this year, federal job satisfaction will be as bad as it's ever been. And other research indicates young people are apprehensive at best about serving in government. Alan Davidson, vice president and director of technology policy and strategy for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, moderated a panel this week that looked at the federal technology talent deficit.

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