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Why the Feds Should Promote Wi-Fi Everywhere

  • By
  • Michael Calabrese,
  • New America Foundation
February 8, 2013 |

 

ICANN, Make a Difference

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Elliot Noss
November 27, 2012 |

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is little known, but it wields a tremendous amount of power: It controls all of the Web’s top-level domains (those letters after the “dot,” like .com and .org). Currently, ICANN is in the midst of creating hundreds (and possibly thousands) of new, generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that span a host of different ideas, from .web to .cars to .anything_else_you_can_imagine. These new gTLDs have the potential to dramatically affect the future of Internet browsing, and they’re already stirring up some serious discussion.

Want To Pay Less and Get More?

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Christopher Mitchell
August 1, 2012 |

Imagine paying $40 per gallon of gasoline when people in neighboring towns are paying $4. Or paying $8 per kilowatt-hour for electricity when others were paying 8 cents. Unthinkable! But this stark disparity is commonplace when it comes to paying for Internet access in the United States. As the recent report “The Cost of Connectivity” from the New America Foundation (a partner with Slate and Arizona State University in Future Tense) documents, something is fundamentally wrong with our broadband.
 

Finding journalism's Future

  • By
  • Victor Pickard,
  • New America Foundation
April 11, 2012 |

This newspaper's parent company sold last week for $55 million, a staggering $460 million less than what it fetched in 2006. The plight of the company, which also owns the Daily News and Philly.com, reflects trends afflicting newspapers across the country, which continue to bleed revenue and jobs as readers and advertisers migrate to the Internet. It seems that advertising-fueled newspapers, nearly the last institutional bastion of journalism, are not sustainable.

The Real Problem With Google’s New Privacy Policy

  • By
  • James Losey,
  • Thomas Gideon,
  • New America Foundation
February 15, 2012 |

When Google announced impending changes to its privacy policy, users and the media alike were focused on one thing: the inability to opt-out, short of deleting your account. Though Congress keeps pushing Google for more clarification, many users have grumpily acknowledged the Gmail notifications and moved to new privacy concerns like an iPhone app that copied and uploaded users' contacts.

Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • New America Foundation
February 9, 2012 |

Entrepreneurs, businesses, NGOs, and governments exalt mobile technology as a game-changing tool to fight global poverty. But what if our eagerness to connect the world is inadvertently exacerbating the global economic divide?

Washington DC Broadband Bridge Regains Momentum

  • By
  • Preston Rhea,
  • Joshua Breitbart,
  • New America Foundation
March 3, 2011 |

The BroadbandBridge is a community-based partnership seeking to bridge the digital divide in Washington DC’s Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods.

For Middle East Democracy, Send in the Geeks

  • By
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Shawn Powers, Georgia State University
March 3, 2011 |

When the Berlin Wall fell, the western response was swift and obvious: send in the free-market economists. Soviet Communism was a system structured for failure that had left a group of governments and citizens in need of political and cultural tools, as well as knowledge of markets and the institutions they require to function.

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