Telecom & Technology

Spectrum for Democracy: Special Issue of the Journal of Information Policy

January 3, 2014

The impact of communication technology, new media tools, and government censorship on free speech and democratic discourse has come into much greater focus since the 2011 Arab Spring. But the topic of reforming spectrum allocation and regulation—which could dramatically improve access to both traditional and new media—remains one of the least discussed policy areas.

Reply Comments on E-rate Modernization

November 8, 2013
The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program.

The Cost of Connectivity 2013

  • By
  • Hibah Hussain,
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Patrick Lucey,
  • Nick Russo,
  • New America Foundation
October 28, 2013

Data Summary

Last year, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute published The Cost of Connectivity, a first-of-its-kind study of the cost of consum

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.

Data Profiling and Social Justice -- Remarks prepared for Eyebeam's “PRISM Breakup”

October 11, 2013
Mass surveillance is nothing new for some. Edward Snowden, welcome to our world.

Presentation by Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Senior Research Fellow at Open Technology Institute, at PRISM Breakup in New York City, Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Thank you and good morning everyone.

The question that I want to pose to you today is: Are we all equally affected by the surveillance state?

Internet and Statecraft: Brazil and the Future of Internet Governance

October 2, 2013

Carolina Rossini is part of the Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project, where she is Project Director for the Latin America Resource Center.

Joining the Surveillance Society?

  • By
  • Seeta Gangadharan,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2013

Recent digital inclusion policies that aim to increase digital literacy of new Internet and computer users, promote civic engagement, and improve economic development do not currently address the privacy needs of new users. This paper presents an in-depth look at surveillance and privacy problems faced by individuals who turn to digital literacy organizations for training and Internet access, including low income individuals, people of color, immigrants, the elderly, and non-English speakers.

Commotion Field Test: Pop-up mesh network, downtown Washington, DC

September 27, 2013


During a lunch hour in downtown Washington, DC, the Open Technology Institute set up a proof of concept network for distributing Internet service to a public space using a mesh network of multiple mobile routers. Such a network would be useful where there is a sudden need for Internet connectivity, such as a spontaneous event, or conditions that prevent permanent network installation for a planned event.

Freifunk turns 10: International Summit for Community Wireless Networks co-hosts celebrate a decade

September 19, 2013

Guest blog post from Juergen Neumann, co-founder of Freifunk. Cross-posted from International Summit for Community Wireless Networks.

This year's International Summit for Community Wireless Networks was chosen to be hosted in Berlin to help commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Freifunk network.

Comments on E-Rate Modernization

September 16, 2013

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program. Read the full comments (pdf) here.

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