Archives: Open Technology Institute Press

NSA Spying Will Cost US Tech Titans Billions, and That's Just the Start | Motherboard

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at OTI and the primary author of the report, said in a statement. “But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the US tech economy, internet openness, America’s foreign policy interests, and cybersecurity."

OTI Supports New, Stronger USA FREEDOM Act to Rein in NSA Surveillance

July 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Leahy re-introduced a new version of the USA FREEDOM Act intended to reform the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.  The Open Technology Institute (OTI) supports the new version of USA FREEDOM as a strong first step toward comprehensive surveillance reform, and urges the Senate and the House to quickly pass the bill without weakening it again.
 

Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance | Wired

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative,” said Danielle Kehl, policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute and primary author of the report. “But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the U.S. tech economy, internet openness, America’s foreign policy interests and cybersecurity.”

How data caps could reshape the economics of the Internet (again) | Washington Post

July 29, 2014
This idea that you should pay more for greater usage is hardly new. As the New America Foundation noted last year, advocates for usage-based pricing "analogize implementing caps on Internet service to charging per kilowatt hour for electricity."

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Tech Companies Reel as NSA's Spying Tarnishes Reputations | Bloomberg

July 29, 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 today

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Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom, and Cybersecurity

July 28, 2014
As a new version of the USA FREEDOM Act surveillance reform bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate this week, the debate about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs still tends toward a simplistic focus on striking the right balance between national security and individual privacy.

Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help | Yes! Magazine

July 25, 2014
As Seeta Peña Gangadharan argues, “Data literacy can’t be taught by parachute or evangelism. The best thing would be to give resources to schools, libraries, and other community anchor institutions to teach this new material.”

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Battle on Many Fronts to Get NYC Wired | City Limits

July 22, 2014
Those nodes use Commotion software deployed by New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) to emit their signals and connect to one another—creating the mesh. For Georgia Bullen of OTI, communities don't just need Internet access—which a mesh may or may not provide—they need "infrastructure that grows with the community." OTI has applied for grant money from the NYC Economic Development Corporation's initiative Rise : NYC—to set up similar networks elsewhere in the city.

All Aboard for Net Neutrality | In These Times

July 22, 2014
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, says the FCC’s notice and comment period tends to be more about “performing participation” than actually framing rules over majority opinion.

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House Republicans Are Killing the Dream of Local High-Speed Fiber Internet | Motherboard

July 21, 2014
"This comes down to the issue of local choice. It's a matter of whether broadband services in an area meet the needs of the community," Patrick Lucey, a researcher who studies municipal broadband for the New America Foundation, told me. "Over the next year or two, more and more cities are going to be discussing this issue for themselves, and what's happening [in Congress] is harmful to that debate."

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