Telecom & Technology

How to Use Technology to Make You Smarter

  • By
  • Annie Murphy Paul,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2012 |

Can a calculator make you smarter? The QAMA calculator can. You use it just like a regular calculator, plugging in the numbers of the problem you want to solve — but QAMA won’t give you the answer until you provide an accurate estimate of what that answer will be. If your estimate is way off, you’ll have to go back to the problem and see where you went wrong. If your estimate is close, QAMA (developed by Ilan Samson, an “inventor-in-residence” at the University of California, San Diego) will serve up the precise solution, and you can compare it to your own guess.

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.

The Guardian's Data Blog: Mobile phone data: the oil of the digital age

July 19, 2012

This piece was originally posted on The Guardian's Data Blog.

Three quarters of the world's more than six billion mobile phones are located in the developing world, and the ubiquity of these devices in under-served areas provides valuable digital traces of activity that have never existed before. In particular, there is an unprecedented and largely overlooked opportunity to harness this digital data for global development efforts. From tracking the outbreak of diseases to better understanding unrepresented populations, a few promising examples are coming to light, and this mobile phone data is even proving to offer lifesavings insights.

Next Billion Big Idea Series: A 5 Billion Mobile Workforce

October 8, 2012
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This piece was originally posted on Next Billion as part of their Big Idea series on how businesses are using mobile applications.

This past month, in Armenia, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, and Vietnam, the World Bank organized hackathons bringing together over 300 mobile phone technologists and entrepreneurs. The gatherings focused on leveraging the spread of mobile phones to three-quarters of the world to connect excluded populations to the digital economy.

Internet rights groups launch Open Wireless Movement

November 5, 2012
I Support Open Wifi

Last week, a coalition of Internet rights groups

From Social Banking to Financial Inclusion: Understanding the Potential for Financial Services Innovation in India

  • By
  • Eric Tyler,
  • Anjana Ravi,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Sunil Bhat, Minakshi Ramji and Anjaneyulu Ballem (MicroSave)
October 29, 2012

When it comes to savings for the poor and financial inclusion efforts, India is a dynamic market ripe for innovation and experimentation. Its extensive web of financial service providers as well as the incidence of large-scale exclusion are contradictory features that also make it a market worth examining.

Answer Me This...

October 25, 2012

With the last of the three debates completed and the presidential election just around the corner, the New America Foundation has pulled together this video with people from our various policy teams to ask the candidates a few final questions about how they plan to govern. Check us out, tell us what you think, and if you seeeither candidate answering any of the questions, let us know--tweet to us at @NewHealthDialog and @NewAmerica!

The Miracle of Everything Anywhere Anytime

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
October 2, 2012 |

I must have been 12 or 13 when my father suggested I go downtown with him to get some money from the bank. It was a Saturday afternoon, and, although he was a senior executive at the “Multibanco” in Chihuahua, I doubted he was going to be admitted on the weekend to help himself to some pesos. So I kept watching soccer on TV. My team, Atlético Español, was finding a new way to lose; that’s what they did.

How True Are Our Assumptions About Screen Time?

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • New America Foundation

Video, TV, interactive books, screen-based games: Young children today are practically bathed in this stuff as young as toddlerhood. What is the impact? As a parent who is simultaneously fascinated by and worried about the impact of electronic media on my children─and as a journalist and researcher specializing in education, technology, and social science─I have been digging for answers. Along the way I’ve come upon several research findings that overturn conventional wisdom. Here are five common parental assumptions that the research does not necessarily support.

The Sidebar: Our Dysfunctional Patent System and the Relevance of Political Conventions

August 30, 2012
Marvin Ammori discusses the significance of the Apple-Samsung ruling and how this highlights major problems in our patent system. Andrés Martinez explains why political conventions are still relevant. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.
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