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The Age of the WikiLeaks-Style Vigilante Geek is Over

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2011 |

Now that the dust over the US embassy cables is beginning to settle, WikiLeaks finds itself at a crossroads. To effectively continue its war on government secrecy, it will need to make fundamental adjustments to how it operates – with no guarantees that the new, more mainstream WikiLeaks will be in much demand.

Public Media and Political Influence

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 5:30pm

Public media in America are weathering new attacks on their funding and independence, at the same time they are being asked to fill the widening news and information gap left by the shifting media landscape. At the heart of these attacks is a question: Can government play a positive role in helping promote quality, independent journalism?

Drop the Case Against Assange

  • By
  • Tim Wu,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2011 |

It is time for the United States to drop the case against WikiLeaks. Pressing forward with efforts to prosecute an Internet publisher at home while standing up for an open Internet in Egypt and the world at large is an increasingly tenuous position.

Peter Thiel: 21st Century Free Radical

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
February 4, 2011 |

On a chilly December night, a few hundred people gathered at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts for an event called Breakthrough Philanthropy. For an hour the guests engaged in the familiar social rituals of Silicon Valley, trading business cards and startup ideas over sushi, spring rolls, and pinot noir, before filing into an auditorium to listen to fundraising pitches from eight nonprofit organizations. The groups had disparate agendas, but all shared a fantastic vision for changing the world—defy death through regenerative medicine!

News Organizations Should Stop Being Neutral on Net Neutrality

  • By
  • Kat Aaron,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2011 |

Many news organizations have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. While the abundance of free, online news has helped wreak havoc on the industry, the Internet itself has created incredible possibilities for news outlets to expand their reach and spark innovation. Thanks to the Internet, audiences can contribute to reporting and news in ways that would have been unimaginable a generation ago. Even the most venerable papers are experimenting with crowdsourced journalism.

Community Media: A Full Spectrum Future

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 3:30pm

On February 9, the New America Foundation hosted an event about the new report "Full Spectrum Community Media: Expanding Public Access to Communications Infrastructure".  Key areas of interest discussed amongst the panelists were the core features of community produced media – content, training, space, and access to information distribution – and the ability of community based media to fill gaps left by other broadcasters in serving local interests.  Focus was given to the adaptability of community media in serving their surround

Fiber Cons

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Robert Kenny, Communications Chambers
February 1, 2011 |

In last week's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted government programs "rebuilding for the 21st century." Among the investments in vital public infrastructure he mentioned -- roads, bridges, rail -- he promised "high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans." The president was referring to mobile broadband Internet and similar services advertised as "3G" or "4G" -- low-cost ways to help make basic broadband near universally availabl

From the Digital Divide to Digital Excellence

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Laura Forlano, Alison Powell and Gwen Shaffer
February 1, 2011

Communications technologies have continued to evolve and now increasingly provide opportunities for deploying low-cost broadband.

WikiLeaks 2.0: Al Jazeera and the Future of Investigative Journalism

January 25, 2011

Irrespective of your personal feelings about WikiLeaks, the model it pioneered has challenged traditional journalism models and serves as a harbinger of change for 2011. WikiLeaks-esque tools supporting a new generation of whistleblowers are facilitating fundamental changes in the relationships among sources and journalists. These tools can disseminate exceedingly large amounts of information within remarkably short time frames and challenge journalists, who necessarily must utilize new technologies to vet, manage, source, and expose the needles in the haystack.

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