Archives: Open Technology Institute Press

How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws | The American Prospect

April 22, 2014

“This data-based discrimination strips crucial resources from working families and communities of color in ways that allow disadvantage to accumulate over time,” says Seeta Gangadharan, senior research fellow at the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation. “During the mortgage crisis, it is clear that African American and Latino families were targeted by the subprime industry—including by targeted online advertising. These families lost their homes and were foreclosed on at higher rates than other groups.

OTI and Partners Call on US Government to Strengthen The Principles Guiding Development of Encryption Standards

April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and a coalition of eleven other digital rights, technology, privacy, and open government groups submitted a letter to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calling upon the agency to strengthen its series of proposed principles to guide cryptographic standards development.

U.S. Promotes Network To Foil Digital Spying | The New York Times

April 20, 2014

Sascha Meinrath, founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan research group in Washington that has been developing the mesh system, said that his group has had “hundreds of queries from across the U.S.” since ...

When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives | NewScientist

April 19, 2014

The Wi-Fi routers we are using and the software that binds them into a mesh are part of a networking toolkit called Commotion, developed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI) in Washington DC. This drill is not their first mesh though.

"Immediately after the storm, people came to the Red Hook Initiative because they knew it was a place where they could get online and reach out to their families," says Georgia Bullen of the OTI. The institute added more routers to the network to boost its range over the following three weeks while the power was out.

Coup De Pouce Aux Dictateurs | La Presse

April 15, 2014

"Ces technologies de surveillance peuvent être utilisées à des fins légitimes par des forces policières, explique en entrevue Tim Maurer, chercheur au Open Technology Institute, à Washington. Dans certains pays, elles peuvent aussi être utilisées dans un but amoral, comme outil de répression politique et de violation des droits de l’homme."

Danielle Kehl, analyste des politiques à l’Open Technology Institute, signale que les pays occidentaux contrôlent déjà très bien les exportations vers les pays qui sont frappés par des sanctions officielles.

China's Latest Crackdown On Porn Has Little To Do With Porn | Quartz

April 14, 2014

“Historically in China … the technology used to censor porn has ended up being used more vigorously to censor political content than smut,” Rebecca MacKinnon, an expert on China's internet, wrote about a previous campaign in 2009. That year, several ...

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.

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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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.

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:

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