Telecom & Technology

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.

Reply Comments on 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Service

August 15, 2014
The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation joined Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Commission's rules on Licensing Models and Technical Requirements in the 3550-3650 MHz Band. Read full text of comments here [pdf]

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.

Surveillance Costs: The NSA's Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Kevin Bankston,
  • Robyn Greene,
  • Robert Morgus,
  • New America Foundation
July 29, 2014

It has been over a year since The Guardian reported the first story on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs based on the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, yet the national conversation remains largely mired in a simplistic debate over the tradeoffs between national security and individual privacy. It is time to start weighing the overall costs and benefits more broadly.

Comments on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

July 17, 2014

The following is the executive summary of the comments. Download a PDF of the full comments here.

Build With, Not For: A #CivicTech Manifesto

July 3, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed withsocial impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

4 Tips for Organizing Unstructured Events Without Going Insane

July 2, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed withsocial impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

On Accountability and Audience: Why We Didn't Have a Funk Parade Hackathon

June 27, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed with social impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

Our approach to community-building in the name of civic tech should be the same.

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