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National Insecurity Agency: How the NSA's Surveillance Programs Undermine Internet Security

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 4:00pm
Since the first Snowden leak last summer, almost all of the controversy around the National Security Agency has been focused on the NSA’s programs to collect phone records and monitor Internet communications, and on how to reform the surveillance statutes being used to authorize those programs. 

Digital Diplomacy and Proactive Monitoring: Challenges to Solutions

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 5:30pm
In today's increasingly connected world, proactive data monitoring makes it possible for organizations to listen to their communities and evaluate interactions, creating rich insights into digital engagement. But wonderful as these technologies are, there are challenges—especially when it comes to government use. Data monitoring can raise questions about privacy, what information the government is collecting, and how it is being used.

Data and Discrimination: Converting Critical Concerns into Productive Inquiry

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:00am
From popular discourse to policy declarations, questions of discrimination have begun to shape how we understand and confront our data-drenched society.

LIVE WEBCAST: Spectrum Limits and Wireless Competition Press Briefing

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:00pm
The New America Foundation will host an hour-long forum focused on discussing the definitive responsibilities that the FCC has to ensure that the upcoming broadcast incentive auction maximizes competition and innovation in the wireless industry.
The event, designed specifically for media, will detail the powers that have already been granted to the FCC through a variety of means.

Join the conversation online by using #IncentiveAuction and by following @OTI.

InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:30pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing
disparities, or further entrench them. Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies often increase the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and low-income families, amplifying problems of criminalization, deportation, poverty and overall insecurity.

The Technology Deficit: Attracting Tech Talent into Government and Civil Society

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Technology is a powerful force in our daily lives and in the functioning of government and global markets. Yet today there are too few talented people with technical expertise in government and civil society. This talent gap hinders government from effectively serving its citizens, and has a negative impact on the quality of social debate and regulatory decision-making around technology policy.

Dragnet Nation

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:00pm
In her new book, Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. 

Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
At a time when Congress and the FCC was focused solely on spectrum auctions as a way to meet exploding mobile device data demand, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2012 recommended a parallel path to bandwidth abundance: opening a “spectrum superhighway” on underutilized military and other Federal government airwaves.  President Obama last year issued an executive order putting the Administration squarely behind spectrum sharing as a technical and economic underpinning of America’s wireless future.

The Global War for Internet Governance with Dr. Laura DeNardis

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Despite its wide reach and powerful global influence, the Internet is a medium uncontrolled by any one centralized system, organization, or governing body, a reality that has given rise to all manner of free-speech issues and cybersecurity concerns. In her book The Global War for Internet Governance, Internet governance scholar and American University professor, Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure of Internet governance on the international scene and explores the characteristics of Internet Governance that will ultimately determine Internet freedom. 
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