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If You’re Poor, Don’t Expect Privacy

  • By
  • Aleta Sprague,
  • Seeta Gangadharan,
  • New America Foundation
December 19, 2013 |

How to Block the NSA From Your Friends List

  • By
  • April Glaser,
  • New America Foundation
June 17, 2013 |

Cleaning Up the Airwaves

  • By
  • Mark Lloyd,
  • New America Foundation
May 6, 2013 |

ICANN, Make a Difference

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Elliot Noss
November 27, 2012 |

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is little known, but it wields a tremendous amount of power: It controls all of the Web’s top-level domains (those letters after the “dot,” like .com and .org). Currently, ICANN is in the midst of creating hundreds (and possibly thousands) of new, generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that span a host of different ideas, from .web to .cars to .anything_else_you_can_imagine. These new gTLDs have the potential to dramatically affect the future of Internet browsing, and they’re already stirring up some serious discussion.

Want To Pay Less and Get More?

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Christopher Mitchell
August 1, 2012 |

Imagine paying $40 per gallon of gasoline when people in neighboring towns are paying $4. Or paying $8 per kilowatt-hour for electricity when others were paying 8 cents. Unthinkable! But this stark disparity is commonplace when it comes to paying for Internet access in the United States. As the recent report “The Cost of Connectivity” from the New America Foundation (a partner with Slate and Arizona State University in Future Tense) documents, something is fundamentally wrong with our broadband.
 

Nation of Immigrants

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
June 25, 2012 |

On August 31, 1962, a sixty-three-year-old Cuban citizen named Pedro Víctor García boarded a Pan American Airways flight to Miami without a valid visa. After he landed, immigration police detained him. They could have deported Victor back to Havana immediately, but, for reasons that are unclear, they allowed him to stay, and to plead his case. Eventually, he became a legal resident of the United States.

Building a Multi-Platform Media For—and By—the Public

  • By
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • New America Foundation

At first glance, the new rule approved last month by the Federal Communications Commission requiring local television broadcasters to make public their records on political ad spending might seem revelatory. But in reality, it represents a very modest change to longstanding policy.

The Rewards (and Risks) of Cyber War

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
June 7, 2012 |

The militarization of cyberspace has been under way for more than a decade, but only in the last few years have the telltale signs appeared suggesting that the United States is erecting a new digital wing of its permanent national-security state. Three years ago, for example, came the birth of the 24th Air Force, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The 24th claims to be “the newest numbered air force,” as well as “the first-ever unit designated for the sole purpose of cyberspace operations.” According to its fact sheet,

Finding journalism's Future

  • By
  • Victor Pickard,
  • New America Foundation
April 11, 2012 |

This newspaper's parent company sold last week for $55 million, a staggering $460 million less than what it fetched in 2006. The plight of the company, which also owns the Daily News and Philly.com, reflects trends afflicting newspapers across the country, which continue to bleed revenue and jobs as readers and advertisers migrate to the Internet. It seems that advertising-fueled newspapers, nearly the last institutional bastion of journalism, are not sustainable.

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