Digital Media

Map to Nowhere

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2011 |

Why is it so incredibly difficult to figure out how much of the nation has access to affordable broadband? For the past 15 years, the Federal Communications Commission has been required by law to collect data on high-speed Internet access. For the most part that information has been fairly useless for the public or even for policy types. Up until recently, for example, a telecom company only needed to serve one customer in a ZIP code to get credit for serving everyone.

China’s 'Networked Authoritarianism'

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
April 25, 2011 |

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a German arts organization launched a website called the "Berlin Twitter Wall." Anyone anywhere on the Internet could use Twitter to post a comment into one of the speech bubbles. Within a few days of its launch, the website was overrun by messages in Chinese. Instead of talking about the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism in Europe, Chinese Twitter users accessed the site to protest their own government's Internet censorship.

In Memoriam, Chris Hondros

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
April 20, 2011 |

Earlier today, April 20, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed on assignment in Misrata, Libya. He was 41 and recently engaged to be married.

Tim Hetherington: Talented Photographer, True Gentleman

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
April 21, 2011 |

The first words that were used to describe Tim by almost anybody who knew him were "humble" and "modest."

Yet, Tim was a guy who had great talents. He took highly artistic photos and had released a photography book "Infidel," which consists of his portraits of American soldiers fighting in the Afghan War.

He was also someone who would go out in the field and take the grittiest pictures of combat.

The Internet: For Better or for Worse

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
March 18, 2011 |

Last June, Khaled Said, a twenty-eight-year-old Alexandrian, suffered a vicious public beating at the hands of Egyptian police. Several witnesses documented the assault with cell phone cameras. Said apparently died from his wounds, but the police claimed he had choked to death on illegal drugs. Outraged Egyptians posted contrary evidence on Facebook pages and on YouTube.

For Middle East Democracy, Send in the Geeks

  • By
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Shawn Powers, Georgia State University
March 3, 2011 |

When the Berlin Wall fell, the western response was swift and obvious: send in the free-market economists. Soviet Communism was a system structured for failure that had left a group of governments and citizens in need of political and cultural tools, as well as knowledge of markets and the institutions they require to function.

Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
February 21, 2011 |

The tragic death of Khaled Said—the 28-year-old who in June 2010 was dragged from an Internet cafe in Alexandria and beaten by the Egyptian police—was the event that galvanized young Egyptians, pushing them to share their grievances on Facebook. A group called "We Are All Khaled Said" quickly reached hundreds of thousands of members and played an instrumental role in promoting the protests that eventually swept Hosni Mubarak from power.

'Internet Freedom' in the Age of Assange

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
February 18, 2011 |

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's second annual "Internet freedom" speech on Tuesday showcased how the U.S. government is grappling with the question of what it means to be both a superpower and a democracy in the Internet age. 

Turn U.S. Embassies Into Ambassadors for the Internet

  • By
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Katherine Brown, American Security Project
February 15, 2011 |

On YouTube on Jan.

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