Archives: Open Technology Institute Press

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.

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.

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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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:

First POST: Stunts | Tech President

April 8, 2014

The Open Technology Institute's policy director Kevin Bankston is urging President Obama's big data review to include "internet surveillance" conducted by the NSA as the biggest big data issue to address.

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Open Technology Institute Joins National Civil Liberties Groups Demanding Action on USA FREEDOM Act

April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – The Open Technology Institute is among the national civil liberties groups that are demanding action by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke, Lynchburg) to pass the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act, which would curtail the NSA's mass surveillance programs. That legislation is currently stalled in the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs, even though a majority of committee members are cosponsors.

Human Rights Groups Call for End to Surveillance Tech That 'Crushes Dissent' | Mashable

April 7, 2014

If it is, it needs permission, "giving the U.S. government the ability to approve or deny the application based on a number of factors, including the destination and end-use," as Danielle Kehl and Robert Morgus, researchers at New America's Open Technology Institute, explained in Slate.

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Open Technology Institute Joins New Global Coalition of Human Rights Organizations: Urges Governments to Keep Surveillance Technologies In Check

April 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC —New America’s Open Technology Institute is part of a new global coalition of human rights organizations that launched today in Brussels, and called upon world leaders to commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes.
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