Archives: Open Technology Institute Press

Sharp Divide Seen in Net Neutrality Comments on Rules for Mobile Broadband | Communications Daily

July 21, 2014
Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a news release the revised rules should not treat wireless and wireless differently. “The FCC must not create two different Internets, one wireline and open, the other wireless and closed,” Calabrese said Thursday. “Individuals will increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that will connect to the Internet over a variety of fixed and mobile carrier networks de- pending on location, need and cost.”

Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing fight over Encryption, Activists Say | PCWorld

July 18, 2014
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.

PRESS RELEASE: OTI Files Comments on the FCC’s Proposed Open Internet Rules

July 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the FCC’s proposed Open Internet Rules. The full comments are available here.
 
The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel at the Open Technology Institute:
 

Privacy Fight Returns for Cyber Bill | The Hill

July 12, 2014
"We're hopeful that the president will continue with the precedent that he set of threatening to veto any cyber information-sharing legislation that's not privacy-protective and that would allow automatic information sharing with the NSA," said Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

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Privacy Advocates Call for NSA Reorganization | FedScoop

July 11, 2014

Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, referenced documents leaked by Snowden and accused NSA of surreptitiously influencing companies to alter product designs to make it easier for the agency to hack those products. She said the statutory relationship between NSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology should be severed.

NTIA Pilot Program to Look at Spectrum Occupancy in Era of Sharing | Communications Daily

July 11, 2014
NTIA launched a pilot program for measuring the occupancy of spectrum in a shared spectrum world, Associate Administrator Karl Nebbia said Thursday during the first meeting of the newly reconstituted Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. The cost recovery subgroup is looking at how to pay the expenses that government agencies incur as a result of spectrum sharing (http://1.usa.gov/1kJ56IJ). Chair Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation said the group hopes to have a number of alternatives to present at CSMAC’s October meeting.

Praise and Criticism After FCC E-Rate Vote | Roll Call

July 11, 2014
Danielle Kehl, policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, called the vote a “good, albeit modest first step” and said in a statement that the “FCC’s goal of providing high-speed Internet access to all students and library patrons across the country will not be successful without more aggressive changes that address the underlying connectivity challenges.”

Statement on FCC's E-rate Order for School and Library Connectivity

July 11, 2014
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt an E-rate modernization order, making changes to the program that helps subsidize communications services for schools and libraries across the country. The order aims to increase funding for wi-fi connections, streamline the application process, and encourage more efficient purchasing.

Tech Experts Frustrated with NSA-Created Digital Security Gaps | Scripps News

July 11, 2014
“Consumer products are built on security standards established by the NIST, and those standards are supposed to be as strong as possible,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation Open Technology Institute, said. “But the NSA has exerted a lot of influence on the NIST, and as a result the NSA has been able to develop standards, or security tools, that contain vulnerabilities they know about and can exploit.”
 
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OTI Statement: Newly-Approved Cybersecurity Bill is a Privacy Failure

July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence met to consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA, S. 2588).
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