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Build With, Not For: A #CivicTech Manifesto

July 3, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed withsocial impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

So You Think You Want to Run a Hackathon? Think Again. (A Case Study on #CivicTech Events)

June 23, 2014

This article is an excerpt from a longer piece originally posted on Medium. Click here for the full story.


“Hackathons.” That’s one of the most popular answers to a question you haven’t asked yet: How do you organize your local tech community to do X/attend Y/engage with Z?

Call for Paper Proposals

July 2, 2013

Call for Paper Proposals

The Role of Advocacy in Media and Telecom Policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop
New America Foundation
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

The Sidebar: Internet Policy & National Security Rhetoric

April 20, 2012
The short fallings of US internet policy and national security rhetoric in a world where information and technological developments are more easily collected and shared around the world are topics for this week’s episode of The Sidebar.  Host Pamela Chan is joined by Thomas Gideon from the Open Technology Initiative and Konstantin Kakaes from the Schwartz Fellows Program. 

Why Doesn’t Washington Understand the Internet?

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
January 23, 2012 |

In late 2010, on the eve of the Arab Spring uprisings, a Tunisian blogger asked Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah what democratic nations should do to help cyber­activists in the Middle East. Abdel Fattah, who had spent time in jail under Hosni Mubarak’s regime, argued that if Western democracies wanted to support the region’s Internet activists, they should put their own houses in order. He called on the world’s democracies to “fight the troubling trends emerging in your own backyards” that “give our own regimes great excuses for their own actions.”

Mickey Mouse, Villain

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

Everybody loves Disney. Last year, Walt's empire was the No. 1 entertainment business in Fortune's annual ranking of the most admired companies in the world, and it's regularly a star performer in corporate-responsibility ratings. And why not? Global comity has been central to Disney's image ever since EPCOT Center, with its pavilions honoring the local traditions of countries from Canada to China, opened its gates.

A Look at Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Tech and Telecom

January 21, 2011

Investment is the oxygen of economic growth. As such, the impact made by companies that exhibit good corporate social responsibility is built upon the amount of investment capital directed towards them. There is a class of investors who support good corporate citizens, as well as companies whose operational behavior demonstrates a commitment to social justice and progress. This strategy, called sustainable and responsible (or socially responsible) investment, or SRI, seeks to maximize both financial and social returns.

Department of Commerce Comments on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy

  • and Michael Weinberg, Sherwin Siy, Corynne McSherry
November 19, 2010

I. Introduction

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