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Bipartisan Coalition Urges Senate To Hurry Up on USA FREEDOM Act, Slow Down On CISA

September 5, 2014
Washington, DC – Ahead of the Senate returning from the August recess this coming Monday, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) sent a letter yesterday to the Senate leadership on behalf of a broad and bipartisan coalition of over 40 civil liberties and human rights organizations, urging that the Senate make its top legislative priority passing the updated version of the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685).

Boots on the Ground or Robots in the Sky

  • By
  • Evelyn Crunden,
  • New America Foundation
January 22, 2014 |

Civil Rights in the Age of Big Data

February 27, 2014

Digital information about who we are and what we do is the currency of our digital economy and the substrate of our digital society. As the flow of information increases, fairness, justice, and equal opportunity become paramount to the design, deployment, and entrenchment of computation-based technologies in our lives.

NSA and your phone records: What should Obama do?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
January 15, 2014 |
Editor's note: Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a director at the New America Foundation and the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden -- From 9/11 to Abbottabad." This story is adapted from a New America Foundation policy paper. (CNN)


December 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC — Having reviewed the final report of the five-person advisory council that President Obama established in August to review the NSA's surveillance programs, a coalition of public interest advocates will hold a press conference call on Friday, December 20th at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 AM PT) to provide important context on the group’s recommendations, and what the White House should consider as they move forward to reform surveillance practices from the perspecti

OTI Responds to Reports that NSA Review Group Recommends Continuation of Bulk Records Program

December 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) responded to today's reports in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times offering the first reported details on the recommendations contained in an upcoming report on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.  The report, due to the Whi

Open Technology Institute and Allies Ask FCC to Stop Phone Companies’ Sale of Phone Records to Government, Marketers

December 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America Foundation joined with allies such as Public Knowledge, Consumer Action, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to file a Petition for Declaratory Ruling with the Federal Communications Commission.

Virtually Unused

  • By
  • Seeta Gangadharan,
  • Bryan Dosono,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Bryan Dosono, Department of Information Science, Syracuse University; Kitior Ngu, Department of Communication, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
November 13, 2013
How accessible is privacy and security software? Though recent research and news reports find that Internet users are taking measures to secure themselves online, a survey completed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America Foundation suggests that public library Internet users may not be as nimble. Looking at Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), OTI found that almost none of nearly two hundred public library Internet users took advantage of this particular tool, and only eight individuals even knew what a VPN was.

Pervasive surveillance, individual freedoms, and collective justice

October 18, 2013

The problem of pervasive surveillance technologies drums up passionate defenses of individual freedom and civil liberties, but what about collective rights?

Organizers on the frontlines of social justice battles–from immigrant rights to criminal justice, from economic justice to communication rights–met on September 27, 2013, at the New America Foundation (NAF) in Washington, DC, to dig into this question during a private roundtable gathering cohosted by NAF’s Open Technology Institute and the Center for Media Justice.

Dialing Down Risks: Mobile Privacy and Information Security in Global Development Projects

  • By
  • Hibah Hussain,
  • New America Foundation
August 22, 2013

Over the past decade, mobile phones have become increasingly prominent features of global development projects. Aiming to spur social and economic development in the Global South, a variety of international organizations and nonprofits have invested heavily in mobile-centric projects to address challenges in public health, financial inclusion, transparent governance, and more.

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