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How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws | The American Prospect

April 22, 2014

“This data-based discrimination strips crucial resources from working families and communities of color in ways that allow disadvantage to accumulate over time,” says Seeta Gangadharan, senior research fellow at the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation. “During the mortgage crisis, it is clear that African American and Latino families were targeted by the subprime industry—including by targeted online advertising. These families lost their homes and were foreclosed on at higher rates than other groups.

Reply Comments on Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries

April 22, 2014

The following is the introduction to the comments. Download a PDF of the full comments here.

OTI and Partners Call on US Government to Strengthen The Principles Guiding Development of Encryption Standards

April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and a coalition of eleven other digital rights, technology, privacy, and open government groups submitted a letter to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calling upon the agency to strengthen its series of proposed principles to guide cryptographic standards development.
 

When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives | NewScientist

April 19, 2014

The Wi-Fi routers we are using and the software that binds them into a mesh are part of a networking toolkit called Commotion, developed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI) in Washington DC. This drill is not their first mesh though.

"Immediately after the storm, people came to the Red Hook Initiative because they knew it was a place where they could get online and reach out to their families," says Georgia Bullen of the OTI. The institute added more routers to the network to boost its range over the following three weeks while the power was out.

Case Study: Mesh Sayada

April 18, 2014
Publication Image The Sayada community network, Mesh Sayada, is a collaboratively designed and built wireless network. The town of Sayada is located on the Tunisian coast, 140 kilometers from Tunis. The network serves as a platform for locally-hosted content, such as Wikipedia and Open Street Maps, and is expected to expand to include locally created content. Local residents and CLibre, a Sayada-based free technology association, initiated the network in December, 2013.
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