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Tech coalition urges support for Senate bill banning bulk collection of phone, Internet data

September 10, 2014
In a statement Robyn Greene, policy counsel with New America's Open Technology Institute, said CISA is "wholly inadequate."

"When it comes to cybersecurity, rather than recycling old ideas about cyber information sharing and weakening privacy protections, Congress should focus on cleaning up the mess that the NSA has made of our Internet," said Greene in a statement.

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Bipartisan Coalition Urges Senate To Hurry Up on USA FREEDOM Act, Slow Down On CISA

September 5, 2014
Washington, DC – Ahead of the Senate returning from the August recess this coming Monday, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) sent a letter yesterday to the Senate leadership on behalf of a broad and bipartisan coalition of over 40 civil liberties and human rights organizations, urging that the Senate make its top legislative priority passing the updated version of the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685).

Privacy groups pressure Senate on NSA

September 5, 2014
“Based on these important improvements, a wide range of major technology companies and public interest groups spanning the political spectrum is eager for Congress to pass this legislation swiftly and without weakening the bill,” wrote the 43 groups, including the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitution Project.

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OTI Applauds Chairman Wheeler Speech on Broadband Speeds and Competition

September 4, 2014
Washington, DC – Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler gave a speech at 1776, a startup incubator in Washington, D.C. The Chairman recognized the need to define broadband access so that it reflects the present and future needs of users, and he highlighted the Commission’s role in protecting and encouraging competition in broadband markets. His remarks have implications for multiple proceedings at the FCC, including the Commission's review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable transaction and the Open Internet proceeding.

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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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.

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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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.”
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