The latest announcements about our programs, fellows and projects are available below.

Asset Building Program and Partners Recommend Best Practices for TANF Payment Card Contracts

April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Asset Building Program, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC), submitted a letter urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide guidance to states about best practices for their contracts with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors, so that families accessing public assistance can do so safely and with fewer fees.

OTI and Partners Call on US Government to Strengthen The Principles Guiding Development of Encryption Standards

April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and a coalition of eleven other digital rights, technology, privacy, and open government groups submitted a letter to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calling upon the agency to strengthen its series of proposed principles to guide cryptographic standards development.

Open Technology Institute and Public Interest Groups Send Letter Expressing Concerns on DOTCOM Act to House

April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Open Technology Institute at New America, Public Knowledge, Access, Center for Democracy & Technology, Freedom House, and Human Rights Watch, ahead of the April 10th hearing “Should The Department Of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?”, sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee restating their support of the NTIA’s decision to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community and the organizations' concerns regarding the DOTCOM Act.

OTI Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and the Impact on Consumers

April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The hearing came just a day after Comcast submitted its public interest filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an important next step in the federal agency review process of the deal.

The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America:

Open Technology Institute Joins National Civil Liberties Groups Demanding Action on USA FREEDOM Act

April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – The Open Technology Institute is among the national civil liberties groups that are demanding action by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke, Lynchburg) to pass the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act, which would curtail the NSA's mass surveillance programs. That legislation is currently stalled in the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs, even though a majority of committee members are cosponsors.

New America Hosts Launch of Workforce Credentials Coalition

April 7, 2014

Washington, DC — Today, New America is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Workforce Credentials Coalition. Led by the California Community Colleges (CCCCO) and the North Carolina Community Colleges, the Coalition is a nationwide group of over twenty states seeking to develop joint data standards and data sharing agreements with industry and professional certifying bodies. Common data field definition is necessary so education and industry can together provide a skilled workforce.

Open Technology Institute Joins New Global Coalition of Human Rights Organizations: Urges Governments to Keep Surveillance Technologies In Check

April 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC —New America’s Open Technology Institute is part of a new global coalition of human rights organizations that launched today in Brussels, and called upon world leaders to commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes.

New America Experts Respond to McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Ruling

April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Experts at New America’s Political Reform Program and Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative have been closely following McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Following this morning’s Supreme Court ruling striking down overall limits on political campaign contributions, New America experts shared their thoughts.

New America Experts Emphasize Human Rights Considerations in Congressional Testimony on Global Internet Governance

April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Testifying before a House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing today on “Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet,” Carolina Rossini – Project Director with the Internet Governance and Human Rights Program at the Open Technology Institute at New America – will support the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposal to transfer key Internet domain name responsibilities to the global multi-stakeholder community.

STATEMENT: Kevin Bankston of OTI on President’s Plan to End NSA Bulk Collection of Telephone Records

March 27, 2014
 WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, the White House officially announced its plan to introduce legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records.
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