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Data Caps Could Dim Online Learning's Bright Future

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • New America Foundation

Will the Internet remake education? Prestigious universities like Stanford and Georgetown now offer free classes to any student with an Internet connection and an attention span. Educators and policy makers believe these new online courses could make higher education more available and affordable for all.

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At a Crossroads and In the Crosshairs: Technology & the Future of Democracy

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
February 19, 2013 |

Today we sit at a critical juncture in technology and telecommunications history -- a time when utopian and dystopian trajectories are both possible, and when our thoughts and actions will shape the very future of participatory democracy. In Europe, privacy battles focus on how to protect the rights of citizens in a digital era. The network neutrality debates in Brazil and South Korea last year underscored the importance of the continuing effort to uphold principles of the Internet’s founding tenets.

Why the Feds Should Promote Wi-Fi Everywhere

  • By
  • Michael Calabrese,
  • New America Foundation
February 8, 2013 |

 

Diplomatic Code

  • By
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
February 5, 2013 |

Last week, the Washington Post reported that the Pentagon plans to grow U.S. Cyber Command by a factor of five -- from 900 to 4,900 personnel. Apparently, cybersecurity is one of the few areas not only exempt from the current budget cuts, but one that is actually growing significantly. What's more, the New York Times revealed on Monday that, according to a secret legal review, the president has broad power to order a pre-emptive strike in case of a pending cyberattack from abroad.

Celebrate Internet Freedom Day by Acknowledging How Far We Still Have To Go

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • New America Foundation
January 13, 2013 |

Kelly: DeMint's Departure Is Just the Beginning

  • By
  • Lorelei Kelly,
  • New America Foundation
December 18, 2012 |

Late last week, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced he was leaving the Senate to become president of The Heritage Foundation, the country’s most influential conservative think tank. From his new office perch just five minutes from the Senate floor, DeMint, a tea party gladiator, will enjoy unrestricted power to pursue America’s ideological renewal at six times his Senate salary. Members of Congress cashing in on their experience is nothing new. But it would be wrong and simplistic to assume DeMint is trading his institutional power as a senator for money and ideological purity.

Did the U.N. Internet Governance Summit Actually Accomplish Anything?

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 14, 2012 |

The latest battle over the Internet ended in an éclat.

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.

Is it Legal for the Military to Patrol American Networks?

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

Over the past couple months, the Pentagon has assumed an increasing role in defending American networks. In October, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced new rules of engagement for the Pentagon's cyber operations.

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