Archives: Open Technology Institute Press

Technology Can Make Lawful Surveillance Both Open and Effective | MIT Technology Review

August 18, 2014
All this secrecy—and its recent partial unraveling—has harmed our democracy and our economy [link to OTI policy paper]. But effective surveillance does not require total secrecy.

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Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs | E-Commerce Times

August 14, 2014
"We are looking at billions of dollars of potential losses for U.S. companies as individuals, businesses, and foreign governments turn away from American companies because of concerns about NSA's surveillance programs," Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute (OTI), told the E-Commerce Times.

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Free wifi is coming to LA’s parks, but is that a good thing? | KPCC

August 14, 2014
Click here to hear the KPCC radio interview with Patrick Lucey.

Costs of the NSA | Federal News Radio

August 12, 2014
It's been more than a year since Edward Snowden first leaked news of the National Security Agency's collecting metadata on Americans. While the jury is still out on whether Snowden is hero or villain, one thing is clear: The episode has changed how Americans see the NSA and the technology companies that help it gather information. A new report from the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation aims to tally the costs to both federal agencies and contractors. Policy Analyst Danielle Kehl joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

The Most Influential of 2014: Edward Snowden | CRN

August 12, 2014
"Our findings indicate that the actions of the National Security Agency have already begun and will continue to cause significant damage to the interests of the United States and the global Internet community," said Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute and the primary author of the report. "American companies have reported declining sales overseas and lost business, especially as foreign companies turn protection from NSA spying into a competitive advantage."

Cities Are Fighting States over Municipal Broadband | Governing

August 11, 2014
Communities don’t raise and spend the large sums of money it takes to jump into the broadband business unless they are unserved or underserved by private providers, or are unable to partner with private firms, said Patrick Lucey, a policy program associate at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

“This is critical infrastructure for these communities,” he said, “and it’s important for communities to have the local choice to do it.”

WiFi to the Rescue? | The Wave

August 8, 2014
For Josh Breitbart of the OTI, the success of the mesh network is really up to the community. He says it builds on neighbor-to-neighbor connections and can only place a wireless connection on top of already-existing social connections.

“If you put this in a place where people don’t already have this community then the technology doesn’t work,” says Breitbart. “But my sense is that Rockaway is very mobilized and it is reminiscent of the experience in Red Hook.”

SketchFactor app for unsafe areas in racism row | BBC

August 8, 2014
"Technology is only as good as the people who form part of its developer and user community," Seeta Peña Gangadharan, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, told the BBC.

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Broad Coalition Including OTI Supports Updated USA FREEDOM Act to Rein In NSA Surveillance

July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), on behalf of a broad and bipartisan coalition of over forty civil liberties and human rights organizations, yesterday sent a letter to Senate and House leadership supporting the version of the USA FREEDOM Act, S. 2685, that Senator Leahy introduced Tuesday morning.

U.S. tech business losses foreseen if NSA spying isn't curbed | Newsday

July 31, 2014
U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency's power to spy on customers isn't curbed, researchers with the New America Foundation said in a report Tuesday.

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