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Google Plus Finally Gives Up on Its Ineffective, Dangerous Real-Name Policy

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
September 17, 2014 |
After three years, Google finally got it. Google now admits it was wrong to require real names on Google Plus, and it’s apologized for taking so long, causing “unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users.” Too bad it had to learn the hard way, but better late than never.
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Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts | New York Times

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2014 |
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.
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Tracing Ebola’s Breakout to an African 2-Year-Old | New York Times

  • By
  • Sheri Fink,
  • New America Foundation
August 9, 2014 |
Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea. Bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guéckédou is at the intersection of three nations, where the disease found an easy entry point to the region.
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"Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth" | Foreign Policy

  • By
  • Shane Harris,
  • New America Foundation
July 31, 2014 |
As Washington awaits the release of the highly classified probe into the CIA's torture program, John Brennan's integrity is being questioned just when the agency needs it most.

GE Seeks to Leap over Pure Power | Financial Times

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2014 |
There is little obvious to distinguish the jet engine waiting at site 3B of General Electric’s Peebles engine-testing range from the many others being tested at the facility, in the hills of southeastern Ohio.

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3D Printing Starts to Add Up for GE Aviation | Financial Times

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2014 |
The machines lining either side of the room at GE Aviation’s Additive Technologies laboratory on the edge of Cincinnati look like nothing so much as microwave ovens, complete with glass viewing windows and handles on the doors. However, the signs reading “export sensitive” blocking the view into some show that something more unusual is cooking here.

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Techno Sapiens: The Ghost in the Data Edition

  • By
  • Christine Rosen,
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Welcome to Techno Sapiens, a biweekly series of six podcasts hosted by Future Tense fellows, Christine Rosen, senior editor of the New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society, and Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment lawyer who has worked for Google, eBay, and Dropbox, among others. Each podcast will examine how technology—now and in the future—will impact us as a species, and how we relate to each other.
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Libya Is Working With Rebels to Protect Tripoli’s Oil | Defense One

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Oil prices declined again today as Libya said it is poised to resume crude exports after a deal struck last week between a local rebels and Tripoli. The country has millions of barrels cooped up in storage awaiting shipment, but to prevent a freefall of prices, Libya will only let out the oil gingerly.

Obama Poised to Yank Top Military Intel Pick

  • By
  • Shane Harris,
  • New America Foundation
June 27, 2014 |
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