Digital Media

Drop the Case Against Assange

  • By
  • Tim Wu,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2011 |

It is time for the United States to drop the case against WikiLeaks. Pressing forward with efforts to prosecute an Internet publisher at home while standing up for an open Internet in Egypt and the world at large is an increasingly tenuous position.

News Organizations Should Stop Being Neutral on Net Neutrality

  • By
  • Kat Aaron,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2011 |

Many news organizations have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. While the abundance of free, online news has helped wreak havoc on the industry, the Internet itself has created incredible possibilities for news outlets to expand their reach and spark innovation. Thanks to the Internet, audiences can contribute to reporting and news in ways that would have been unimaginable a generation ago. Even the most venerable papers are experimenting with crowdsourced journalism.

From the Digital Divide to Digital Excellence

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Laura Forlano, Alison Powell and Gwen Shaffer
February 1, 2011

Communications technologies have continued to evolve and now increasingly provide opportunities for deploying low-cost broadband.

WikiLeaks 2.0: Al Jazeera and the Future of Investigative Journalism

January 25, 2011

Irrespective of your personal feelings about WikiLeaks, the model it pioneered has challenged traditional journalism models and serves as a harbinger of change for 2011. WikiLeaks-esque tools supporting a new generation of whistleblowers are facilitating fundamental changes in the relationships among sources and journalists. These tools can disseminate exceedingly large amounts of information within remarkably short time frames and challenge journalists, who necessarily must utilize new technologies to vet, manage, source, and expose the needles in the haystack.

Yes, Julian Assange Actually is a Criminal

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
December 22, 2010 |

In my previous column for Salon, I cited the infatuation of many on the left with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks as evidence of a disturbingly casual approach to the rule of law among Americans of all political persuasions, along with the U.S. policy of targeted assassinations, preventive war and widespread toleration for illegal immigration and the use of offshore jurisdictions for tax avoidance.

Does Anyone in America Believe in the Rule of Law?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
December 21, 2010 |

Different ideas about the rule of law in the United States and a certain nation in Latin America were explained to me once by a distinguished professor of law from that country. "In your country, the Constitution and the laws are considered to be binding," he told me with an ironic smile. "In my country, they are considered to be ... aspirations."

Long Live Wiki-Diplomacy

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
January 20, 2011 |

Since the WikiLeaks scandal exploded at the end of last year, many commentators have declared this episode marks "the end of diplomacy." Nonsense.

For almost two centuries, even world leaders have feared that communications technology would marginalize diplomacy's special role in international relations.

When Lord Palmerston received the first diplomatic cable at London's Whitehall in the mid-1800s, he proclaimed, "This is the end of diplomacy!"

'Blood Libel': How Language Evolves and Spreads Within Online Worlds

  • By
  • C. W. Anderson,
  • New America Foundation
January 18, 2011 |

When Sarah Palin used the term “blood libel” to describe purported attacks on her and the Tea Party movement in the wake of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some were left wondering why the former governor would use a phrase historically associated with anti-Semitism.

A Walled Wide Web for Nervous Autocrats

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
January 10, 2011 |

At the end of 2010, the "open-source" software movement, whose activists tend to be fringe academics and ponytailed computer geeks, found an unusual ally: the Russian government. Vladimir Putin signed a 20-page executive order requiring all public institutions in Russia to replace proprietary software, developed by companies like Microsoft and Adobe, with free open-source alternatives by 2015.

Wiki Rehab

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
January 7, 2011 |

American diplomacy seems to have survived Wikileaks's "attack on the international community," as Hillary Clinton so dramatically characterized it, unscathed. Save for a few diplomatic reshuffles, Foggy Bottom doesn't seem to be deeply affected by what happened. Certainly, the U.S. government at large has not been paralyzed by the leaks—contrary to what Julian Assange had envisioned in one of his cryptic-cum-visionary essays, penned in 2006.

Syndicate content