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Call for Proposals: International Commotion Mesh Wireless Projects

December 5, 2014

The Open Technology Institute is pleased to announce its first call for proposals from groups interested in implementing Commotion-based wireless mesh networks. Due to funding restrictions, projects must be located outside of the United States and Europe.

The FCC must protect against further consolidation and preserve the open Internet we know and love

September 5, 2014

As a consumer of communications services, you’re undoubtedly concerned about monthly fees that seem to constantly creep upward; about the quality of the programming in your cable package or the consistency of your Internet connection; and about your ability to both communicate with users around the world and access all of the amazing content the Internet has to offer.

OTI advocates for local broadband networks by submitting comments and joining a coalition

September 2, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been busy lately. In addition to reviewing comments about important issues like network neutrality, the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, and spectrum auctions, the FCC has also invited comments on two petitions that, if approved, could help pave the wave for more local broadband networks across the country.

From Surveillance to Swing States, Transparency to Turkish Digital Rights: What to Expect at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum

September 1, 2014
This week, OTI’s Policy Director Kevin Bankston and I are in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), along with Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of the Ranking Digital Rights project. OTI will be leading or participating in a number of key sessions and side meetings at the conference (which officially starts tomorrow) as well as attending various panels and events related to our broader work.

Summer of Surveillance Revelations Highlights Spread of Spy Tech to Repressive Regimes

August 28, 2014

As the fallout from Edward Snowden’s revelations continue to dominate the news, another surveillance scandal has begun making headlines: powerful, Western spy technology reaching the hands of human rights-abusing, repressive regimes.

OTI Urges FTC to Address Effects of Big Data Technologies on Underserved Communities

August 20, 2014

Last week, New America’s Open Technology Institute urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to confront the challenges of determining the effects of big data technologies on underserved communities.

OTI submits Reply Comments in latest round of Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service proceeding

August 19, 2014

On Friday OTI joined with Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in submitting reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the effort to establish a Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz band of spectrum.

President Obama comes out in favor of strong open Internet rules

August 15, 2014

Last week, President Obama made it clear that he supports an open Internet and would be opposed to a system where discrimination that favors “big wealthy media companies” is the norm.

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