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How to Survive an Internet Apocalypse

April 12, 2014

The goal was to create a “wireless mesh network”—a collective of radio nodes, each one equally responsible for routing the communications of connected users. The Practocalypse version of the network would be mobile and ad hoc, relying entirely on peer-to-peer connections between devices, rather than on centralized servers. It would be a bit like a neighborhood ham-radio club, except using cell phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Open Technology Institute and Public Interest Groups Send Letter Expressing Concerns on DOTCOM Act to House

April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Open Technology Institute at New America, Public Knowledge, Access, Center for Democracy & Technology, Freedom House, and Human Rights Watch, ahead of the April 10th hearing “Should The Department Of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?”, sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee restating their support of the NTIA’s decision to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community and the organizations' concerns regarding the DOTCOM Act.

Republicans Don’t Want America to Give Up Control of Web Addresses | TIME

April 10, 2014

“We share the DOTCOM Act sponsors’ goal of a free and open Internet,” New America Foundation Policy Director Kevin Bankston said, “but the bill actually threatens that goal and plays into the hands of those who want to use the Internet as an instrument of political control rather than preserve it as a global platform for free expression.”

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OTI Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and the Impact on Consumers

April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The hearing came just a day after Comcast submitted its public interest filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an important next step in the federal agency review process of the deal.

The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America:

Open Technology Institute Joins National Civil Liberties Groups Demanding Action on USA FREEDOM Act

April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – The Open Technology Institute is among the national civil liberties groups that are demanding action by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke, Lynchburg) to pass the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act, which would curtail the NSA's mass surveillance programs. That legislation is currently stalled in the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs, even though a majority of committee members are cosponsors.

First POST: Stunts | Tech President

April 8, 2014

The Open Technology Institute's policy director Kevin Bankston is urging President Obama's big data review to include "internet surveillance" conducted by the NSA as the biggest big data issue to address.

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Human Rights Groups Call for End to Surveillance Tech That 'Crushes Dissent' | Mashable

April 7, 2014

If it is, it needs permission, "giving the U.S. government the ability to approve or deny the application based on a number of factors, including the destination and end-use," as Danielle Kehl and Robert Morgus, researchers at New America's Open Technology Institute, explained in Slate.

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Open Technology Institute Joins New Global Coalition of Human Rights Organizations: Urges Governments to Keep Surveillance Technologies In Check

April 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC —New America’s Open Technology Institute is part of a new global coalition of human rights organizations that launched today in Brussels, and called upon world leaders to commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes.

New Global Coalition Urges Governments To Keep Surveillance Technologies In ...

April 3, 2014

“There is a unique opportunity for governments to address this problem now and to update their regulations to align with technological developments,” said Tim Maurer, Research Fellow at New America's Open Technology Institute. “More and more ...

New America Experts Emphasize Human Rights Considerations in Congressional Testimony on Global Internet Governance

April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Testifying before a House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing today on “Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet,” Carolina Rossini – Project Director with the Internet Governance and Human Rights Program at the Open Technology Institute at New America – will support the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposal to transfer key Internet domain name responsibilities to the global multi-stakeholder community.
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