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Will Teachers Unions Kill Virtual Learning?

  • By
  • Katherine Mangu-Ward,
  • New America Foundation
April 9, 2013 |

Can the FTC Save Uber?

  • By
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
March 12, 2013 |

In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission released a report that explained why taxis could charge customers exorbitant prices for dismal service. The simple reason, according to the 176-page study: lack of competition in the market. The culprit: local governments. City agencies that regulate cabs, generally called taxi commissions, were deliberately protecting from competition the very companies they were supposed to police.

The Real Barrier to Freely Unlocking Cellphones: Mobile Carriers

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Sarah Morris,
  • Brian Duggan,
  • New America Foundation
March 7, 2013 |

On Monday, the White House threw its support behind a petition to make unlocking cellphones legal. “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cellphones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones,” R.

Can We Teach Computers What “Truth” Means?

  • By
  • Konstantin Kakaes,
  • New America Foundation
February 26, 2013 |

I’d like to begin with two different ideas of truth. The first appears to be the simplest: “It is true that 1+1=2.” The second is from the beginning of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Now, these sound like quite different ideas about truth.

Quest for Vocal Glory

  • By
  • Cyrus Nemati,
  • New America Foundation
February 15, 2013 |

It’s a great time to be a professional creator—or to become one. Want to be a digital artist? Put your stuff up on DeviantArt. The crafty can open an Etsy shop, and aspiring musicians can share their tunes on YouTube. (Just don’t be try to be the next Nicki Minaj, for the love of all that is good—one is enough.)

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Why Beef Is Becoming More Like Chicken

  • By
  • Christopher Leonard,
  • New America Foundation
February 14, 2013 |

A new cattle drug called Zilmax is being widely used in the industrial feedlots where most of America’s beef comes from, but not because it produces a better sirloin. In fact, it has been shown to make steak less flavorful and juicy than beef from untreated cattle. Many feedlot owners, big meatpackers, and at least one prominent industry group resisted the drug, worrying that the beef industry would turn off consumers if it started churning out lower-quality steaks. ...

Sealed With a Thumb-Kiss?

  • By
  • Christine Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
February 13, 2013 |

Everything about the online world encourages sharing—share your recent purchase on Amazon, share your dining experience on Yelp, share your thoughts about Beyoncé on Twitter. But what about the things you would rather not share with everyone in your social network, such as the cheesy pet name you call your boyfriend or the startlingly high number of romantic comedies your wife forced you to watch on Netflix last month?

Mickey Mouse Is Watching You

  • By
  • Katherine Mangu-Ward,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2013 |

Imagine you’re a 4-year-old girl. You’re strolling through Disney World when Cinderella—whom you have worshiped from afar for most of your young life—sashays up to you, greets you by name, and wishes you a happy birthday.

Yelp's Move To Incorporate Health Inspection Information Is a Huge Step for Open Data

  • By
  • Alissa Black,
  • New America Foundation
January 23, 2013 |

If you knew that your favorite local eatery failed its latest health inspection, would you still eat there?

Most of us don’t have to consider that question because restaurant hygiene scores are hard to find—we would have to go out of our way to locate the information on lousy government sites. But that may be about to change. Yelp announced Thursday that health scores will now appear on the site’s listings for San Francisco and New York City restaurants.

Did the U.N. Internet Governance Summit Actually Accomplish Anything?

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 14, 2012 |

The latest battle over the Internet ended in an éclat.

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