New America Foundation

Driving Out of the Red with Greener Cars

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
March 24, 2014

Income inequality in California is already high, and it continues to increase. This income inequality is exacerbated by unequal access to jobs, credit, and efficient vehicles. Wages in California's Central Valley are lower than in the rest of the state, and workers there must commute long distances, with little access to alternative transportation, in older, inefficient cars. As a result, some working families in the Central Valley spend as much as a third to half of their income on fueling and maintaining their vehicle.

The U.S. Economy After The Great Recession

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
March 4, 2014
The bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 plunged the U.S. economy into a serious crisis, leaving American households with a huge debt overhang and the economy with a large gap in output and employment. This report reviews the economy’s deleveraging and recovery experience more than five years after the crash. It explores the following questions:  
  • How far has the economy come in the deleveraging process? Is private sector debt now at a sustainable level or do households and the financial sector continue to need to pay down debt?  
  • To what extent has the U.S.

Do NSA's Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • David Sterman,
  • Emily Schneider,
  • Bailey Cahall,
  • New America Foundation
January 13, 2014
On June 5, 2013, the Guardian broke the first story in what would become a flood of revelations regarding the extent and nature of the NSA’s surveillance programs.  Facing an uproar over the threat such programs posed to privacy, the Obama administration scrambled to defend them as legal and essential to U.S. national security and counterterrorism.

Translating Norms to the Digital Age

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Sonia Phene
December 4, 2013
Increasingly, the free flow of information and the ability to communicate is considered a human right that needs to be protected online as well as offline, especially in the most repressive countries in the world. The 2009 Green Movement in Iran and the Arab Spring were powerful examples of the new technological reality we live in. However, comprehensive U.S.

Between Al Qaeda and the Syrian Regime

  • By Adam Baczko, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (Paris), Gilles Dorronsoro, University of Paris-Sorbonne and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Arthur Quesnay, Sorbonne University
November 14, 2013

The consequences of a continuing war in Syria are costly: the creation of a safe haven for Al Qaeda, the development of a war economy, a long-term refugee population, and the destabilization of neighboring countries. Yet, current discussions are focusing solely on the destruction of chemical weapons, without offering any credible prospect of terminating the conflict.

Virtually Unused

  • By
  • Seeta Gangadharan,
  • Bryan Dosono,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Bryan Dosono, Department of Information Science, Syracuse University; Kitior Ngu, Department of Communication, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
November 13, 2013
How accessible is privacy and security software? Though recent research and news reports find that Internet users are taking measures to secure themselves online, a survey completed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America Foundation suggests that public library Internet users may not be as nimble. Looking at Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), OTI found that almost none of nearly two hundred public library Internet users took advantage of this particular tool, and only eight individuals even knew what a VPN was.

Reply Comments on E-rate Modernization

November 8, 2013
The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program.

Solving the 'Spectrum Crunch:' Unlicensed Spectrum on a High-Fiber Diet

  • By
  • Michael Calabrese,
  • New America Foundation
October 23, 2013

The following is an excerpt. For a PDF of the full paper, click here.

The Cost of Connectivity 2013

  • By
  • Hibah Hussain,
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Patrick Lucey,
  • Nick Russo,
  • New America Foundation
October 28, 2013

Data Summary

Last year, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute published The Cost of Connectivity, a first-of-its-kind study of the cost of consum

Lessons from the Summer of Snowden

  • By Georg Mascolo, Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and Ben Scott Senior Advisor, Open Technology Institute
October 22, 2013

The revelations of Edward Snowden have opened a breach of trust between the United States and Europe that will not be closed easily or quickly. This rift reflects the results of a decade of actions by US secret services (with the cooperation of many other governments) to conduct mass surveillance (mostly) for counter-terrorism. The technologies they use have extraordinary, supra-national reach. And the invasion of privacy required by these programs goes beyond what many citizens will comfortably tolerate now that it is out of the shadows and under the heat lamp of media attention.

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