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.

Call for Proposals: International Commotion Mesh Wireless Projects

August 15, 2014

The Open Technology Institute is pleased to announce its first call for proposals from groups interested in implementing Commotion-based wireless mesh networks in their communities. This project is supported by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs at the United States Department of State. Due to funding restrictions, projects must be located outside of the United States.

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.

Privacy Groups Submit Comments to the NTIA on Metadata Privacy Protections

August 6, 2014

Yesterday, OTI joined a coalition of public interest organizations, including Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and Free Press in submitting comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the importance of strong legal protections for telecommunications metadata.

Why Even the Definition of “Cyber Attack” Matters

August 5, 2014
Although definitional debates can sometimes seem pedantic, debates over the term “cyber attack” are an important exception. How “cyber attack” is defined has real consequences. Take the recent reporting about a cyber incident affecting NASDAQ, for instance. Last month, reports surfaced that in 2010 federal investigators discovered - to great internal shock - potentially malicious, intentionally damaging software placed deep inside the NASDAQ network.
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