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.

News 4 Exposes Million Dollar Corporation Windfall Funded by EBT Fees | KMOV News 4

February 26, 2014

News 4’s Chris Nagus blows the lid off a million dollar corporation windfall funded by your taxes in the latest edition of “Is this why we’re broke?”

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Cloud Service Providers Fight Back, Challenge NSA | CIO Magazine

February 26, 2014

"That was when the companies got really publicly angry," says Kevin Bankston, policy director of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

In addition to the joint litigation seeking greater transparency on government data requests, several companies that compete vigorously in the marketplace have banded together to form the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, championing a series of principles that would limit federal intelligence authorities and introduce new oversight and accountability measures.

Google Considers Bulking Up On Its Broadband Fiber | Variety

February 26, 2014

Those developments have consumer advocates, who are worried that broadband access is being concentrated into a smaller number of powerful players, cheering Google’s fiber visions. “Our research has highlighted the value that disruptive deployments like Google Fiber and municipal networks can provide,” said Sarah Morris, senior policy counsel at Open Tech Institute, a division of nonpartisan think tank New America Foundation.

The Bane And The Boon Of For-Profit Colleges | New York Times

February 25, 2014

Ben Miller, an expert on education policy at the generally liberal New America Foundation, is sympathetic to the Education Department's effort but argues that the proposed rules don't directly address high dropout rates. And they would allow the ...

Netflix-Comcast Deal Ends Internet Consumption Dispute

February 25, 2014

"It's actually a fairly major moment for the Internet, for Netflix to give up and start paying," said Marvin Ammori, an Internet policy expert. "Netflix was a major holdout." FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media. Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times.

Everything You Thought You Knew About Economic Statistics Is Wrong

February 25, 2014

"There's this belief that we have enough credible long-term data to come to absolute conclusions that we know what's going to happen with stimulus spending or too much debt," said Zachary Karabell. In truth, he said, it's too soon to tell: "A thousand ...

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Dropping Cost of Surveillance Means Rising Concerns | Kansas City Infozine

February 25, 2014

Kevin Bankston, an author of the study and the policy director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, said policymakers need to stay updated with changes in technology so they understand both the benefits and vulnerabilities those changes create.

“With technology, both because of its complexity and because of how fast it changes, policy processes are that much slower in terms of keeping up,” Bankston said. “That may be the fundamental crisis of the 21st century.”

Stranger Than Fiction | Huffington Post

February 24, 2014

My friend Emily Parker was an editor of the op-ed section of The New York Times. In 2009, she came to Beijing and asked me to write an article, and we became friends. She did research on the Internet in the U.S., in Russia, and in China. She says in ...

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Digital Citizen 1.4 | Global Voices Advocacy

February 24, 2014

Sudan has been known to censor the Internet, but—as analysts with the New America Foundation recently pointed out—they’re not the only government affecting what Sudanese citizens can see and use online. In an article for Slate, Danielle Kehl and Tim Maurer write:

"Currently, Sudan is one of five countries in the world subject to comprehensive U.S. sanctions, which are designed to change governments’ behavior. But some of the provisions of those sanctions have become outdated—especially when it comes to new technologies like personal communication tools."

Linkedin Makes Major Play For China | Los Angeles Times

February 24, 2014

As a professional networking service, not a more general service such as Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn may have a shot at operating in China, said Rebecca MacKinnon, China expert and human rights activist with New America Foundation. But, MacKinnon ...

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Netflix To Pay Comcast For Smoother Online Video Streaming | Los Angeles Times

February 24, 2014

"Netflix didn't have any options," said Marvin Ammori, an Internet policy expert at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. "And Netflix cried, 'uncle.'" But by making peace with Netflix, Comcast removes or at least softens the voice of ...

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Comcast And Netflix Reach Deal On Service | The New York Times

February 23, 2014

Others, including Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School professor and advocate for net neutrality, said the interconnection agreement between Comcast and Netflix was one of the first such arrangements where a broadband provider like Comcast has extracted ...

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Why the Army Should Fire Generals and Promote Captains | The Washington Post

February 21, 2014

The best evidence for this is that we didn’t win in Iraq and haven’t won in Afghanistan. Military journalist Thomas E. Ricks has argued that America’s generals and colonels have been largely responsible for these failures. Small, transient battlefield successes — the Sunni Awakening in Iraq and partnering with militias in Afghanistan to defeat Taliban groups — were largely products of enterprising junior officers: perceptive lieutenants, captains and occasionally majors.

Minnesota Aims to Ratchet Down Achievement Gap | Education Week

February 21, 2014

Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst for the Washington-based New America Foundation who has closely studied the waivers, said that one other thing sets Minnesota apart: The state has adopted the Common Core State Standards only in English/language arts, and has stuck with its own tests versus joining the new federally supported consortia developing new assessments.

"They haven't had to deal with the distraction. There's been a lot of stability," she said. "It does help when teachers and principals and district officials know what's coming."

Congressional Talk Swirls Around Early-Education Proposals | Education Week News

February 20, 2014

That legislation seems to have a much better shot in a Congress consumed with trimming spending than the administration's plan to vastly expand the federal role in helping states spread high-quality early-childhood programs, said Clare McCann, a policy ...

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Roundtable: A Trove of Clinton Documents in Arkansas

February 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton told a close friend that Monica Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon," and also discussed in detail why she decided to forgive her husband for having an affair with the White House intern, according to documents penned by Diane Blair, a close friend and longtime confidant to the former first lady.

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Washington Too Chicken To Bust Poultry Trust | Usa Today

February 19, 2014

Consolidation in the chicken industry has led to higher prices for consumers, worse conditions for farmers and huge profits for producers like Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride, says Christopher Leonard, author of "The Meat Racket". The oligarchy in the mea ...

Can Thailand's Prime Minister Cling To Power?

February 19, 2014

While acknowledging that the presence of the jihadists has served Assad in propaganda terms and has helped to dissuade the West to offer major military support, analyst Brian Fishman, a fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, argues ...

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Will The U.S. Negotiate With Terrorists? | CNN

February 19, 2014

Anand Gopal, a fellow at the New America Foundation who has interviewed multiple members of the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, says the Haqqanis would honor such a deal because "they take great pains to present themselves as part of the ...

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