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NSA Surveillance Costs and the Crypto Debate

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While surveillance reform efforts in Congress are on pause until lawmakers return from the campaign trail in November, the costs of the NSA’s bulk collection and monitoring programs continue to pile up. And now companies are responding by competing over security improvements to their products.

policy paper | October 20, 2014 | Open Technology Institute
Visualizing Swing States in the Global Internet Governance Debate

Visualizing Swing States in the Global Internet Governance Debate

A key aspect of the global Internet governance debate in the past two years has focused on the role of "swing states." In these interactive maps, we visualize the results of a recent study for the Centre of International Governance Innovation which identifies 30 key states based on a number of indicators, and explain how this relates to the ITU's 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference.

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article | October 03, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Phase Two of the E-rate Modernization Process

Recommendations to the FCC on how to better support broadband connectivity at schools and libraries

New America’s Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted to the FCC on E-rate modernization this week, urging the Commission to make more aggressive changes to support investment in scalable fiber infrastructure and ensure that E-rate has long-term financial stability.

article | October 01, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Reply Comments on Further Changes to the E-rate Program

Joint Recommendations from the Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program on E-rate Modernization

Yesterday, New America’s Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint reply comments with Common Cause to the FCC in the E-rate modernization docket, urging the FCC to make additional changes to support investment in scalable fiber infrastructure and ensure that E-rate is on stable financial footing for the long term.

in the news | September 23, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

The Hidden Costs of Cyber Espionage

Intelligence agencies around the world are racing to increase their information-gathering and monitoring capabilities, ostensibly in an effort to promote national security and protect against terrorist threats. But in the debate about the privacy and security tradeoffs of cyber espionage, the costs of certain tactics are often overlooked.