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Open Technology Institute, Civil Rights, Research Leaders Launch DataCivilRights.org

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WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Open Technology Institute, in collaboration with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Data & Society Research Institute, launched a new website Datacivilrights.org to serve as a resource that addresses how the “big data” phenomenon affects civil rights issues.

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press release | December 11, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

OTI Statement on FCC’s E-rate Order for School and Library Connectivity

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt a second E-rate modernization order, making further changes to the program that helps subsidize communications services for schools and libraries across the country. The order increases the size of the E-rate fund by $1.5 billion per year, providing ...

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press release | December 09, 2014 | Open Technology Institute
Open Technology Institute, Civil Rights, Research Leaders Launch DataCivilRights.org

Open Technology Institute, Civil Rights, Research Leaders Launch DataCivilRights.org

New America

WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Open Technology Institute, in collaboration with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Data & Society Research Institute, launched a new website Datacivilrights.org to serve as a resource that addresses how the “big data” phenomenon affects civil rights issues.

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article | December 09, 2014 | Open Technology Institute
Chattanooga Focused on Offline Community Organizing Around Its Gigabit Network

Chattanooga Focused on Offline Community Organizing Around Its Gigabit Network

Reflections on a visit to the “gig city”

Chattanooga, TN, is home to a world-class fiber-to-the-home broadband network. Owned and operated by the local electrical utility, EPB, the network offers some of the highest-speed and reasonably-priced broadband service in the world, and policy leaders in Washington have noticed. This summer, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote a blog post ...

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in the news | December 07, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

The unstoppable rise of the global surveillance profiteers

"If you draw restrictions that are overly broad, you catch up technologies that have legitimate uses and harm the country’s business interests,” explained Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, which is also part of the CAUSE coalition. “It could have a negative impact on the free flow of information and severely hinder research.”

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policy paper | November 24, 2014 | Open Technology Institute
Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

An Analysis of European Proposals after June 5, 2013

Tim Maurer Robert Morgus Isabel Skierka Mirko Hohmann

This report finds that many of the proposals suggested to achieve "technological sovereignty" in the wake of the 2013 surveillance disclosures do not effectively protect against surveillance. Moreover, some of them, especially those forcing localized data storage or routing, are likely to negatively affect an open and free Internet.

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press release | November 24, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

New Study Finds that European “Technological Sovereignty” Proposals Fall Short of Expectations

New America

New America’s Open Technology Institute in partnership with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany, released a new report today assessing the potential impacts of “technological sovereignty” proposals that came out of Europe after reports about foreign government surveillance starting in June 2013.

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in the news | November 21, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

"China's 600 Million Searchers Push Global Internet Towards Censorship"

“There’s an effort to get American and European companies to be more transparent on how they handle government information requests,” said Rebecca MacKinnon, a U.S.-based director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation and former Beijing bureau chief for CNN. “Obviously, that’s not happening with the Chinese.”

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in the news | November 21, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

The Universal Internet

New America

A recent study by New America Foundation (which is neither predictably liberal nor conservative) showed that America is falling behind. It found that a few cities like Chattanooga, Tennessee, have fast service at low prices, but in most of the U.S., it’s hard to do much better than $130 per month for a 150 Mbps home broadband connection