Telecom & Technology

Special Section in the International Journal of Communications on Meaningful Broadband Adoption

December 19, 2012
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Since 2009, the federal government has funded 232 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) digital training and access projects nationwide. New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) is a partner on two of them, in Detroit and Philadelphia. As these programs draw to a close at the end of 2012, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are taking stock of the impact and outcomes of one of the largest and most comprehensive digital inclusion efforts ever undertaken.

The Sidebar: Osama Revisited and Internet Indecision

December 14, 2012
Peter Bergen discusses how the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty" stacks up to the real account of how Osama bin Laden was captured and killed. Rebecca MacKinnon provides post-game analysis of the Internet governance summit in Dubai that wrapped up this week. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

A Half-Time Analysis of the Summit That Could Shape the Future of the Internet

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 13, 2012 |

The latest battle over who governs the Internet is taking place right now. Representatives from more than 150 nations gathered in Dubai last Monday for the World Conference on International Telecommunications, a two-week meeting hosted by the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Their mission: to renegotiate International Telecommunications Regulations treaty, which governs global interconnection and interoperability of telecommunications traffic. The outcome could change how the Internet works.

The WCIT Wake-Up Call: Time To Broaden the Discussion on Internet Governance

December 6, 2012

A similar version of this blog post also appeared on Global Voices Advocacy on Friday, December 7, 2012.

What's at Stake at WCIT?

  • By
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 5, 2012

The latest battle over who governs the Internet is taking place in Dubai this week. As the world’s governments meet at the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), it is already clear that the Internet governance system is under pressure. The legitimacy of this governance system and the Internet’s future success will be affected by these debates.

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

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