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Program areas at New America
Domestic policy programseducation policy program: the education policy program uses original research and policy analysis to help solve the nation's critical education problems, crafting objective analyses and suggesting New ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large. New America combines a steadfast concern for historically disadvantaged populations with a belief that better information about education can vastly improve both the policies that govern educational institutions and the quality of learning itself.the early & elementary education policy team works to help ensure that all children have access to a system of high-quality early learning opportunities from birth through third grade that prepare them to succeed in school and in life.the prek-12 initiative works to ensure that all children attending public elementary and secondary schools have access to and receive high-quality educational experiences, with a particular emphasis on improving equity and outcomes for traditionally underserved students.new America's higher education initiative works to make higher education more accessible, innovative, student-centered, outcomes-focused, and equitable.the center on education and skills is a research and policy development program focused on the intersection of our higher education, job training, and workforce development systems. The center is dedicated to building learning-based pathways to economic opportunity that can begin inside or outside of formal higher education.the english learners initiative provides a policy-driven focus on language learners in the early childhood years through the prek-12 education system. The initiative conduct research, develop recommendations, and disseminate New ideas to policymakers, practitioners, and the public to improve outcomes for english learners.the teaching, learning, and tech project focuses on how educators and other professionals can use New media and technologies to promote more equitable systems of learning, from pre-k through 12th grade and into the post-secondary years.political reform program: the political reform program seeks to develop New strategies and innovations to repair the dysfunction of government, restore trust, and rebuild the promise of american democracy by working towards an open, fair democratic process, with equitable opportunities for full participation, in order to restore dynamism and growth to the american economy and society.better life lab: the better life lab is leading the national conversation about the evolution of gender roles and norms, family policy, and how we work and live. The program seeks to create a public environment that's hospitable to change, through powerful writing and informed debate about careers and families, their strengths and their needs.new America local: New America is overhauling the traditional think tank model by developing a New model of civic enterprise, which experiments with ideas and solutions to public problems on the ground through direct action and collaborative policy processes. In addition to the research and writing the analysts and fellows do around the country, the teams in California, indianapolis, and chicago are dedicated to doing work relevant toand withpeople in their communities.muslim diaspora initiative: the muslim diaspora initiative provides a fresh perspective on muslim communities in the united states through a non-security lens. They research, analyze, write, convene, advise and conduct outreach on policy-relevant topics related to american muslim communities. Through these activities, the muslim diaspora initiative seeks to inform and improve the public conversation about american muslim communities, as well as use scholarship and data to inform policy.millennials initiative: the millennials initiative examines the challenges facing this generation of young adults (born between 1980 and 2000). It encompasses a public policy fellowship and a program of in-depth policy research focused on supporting the development of a forward-looking policy agenda.family centered social policy program: the family centered social policy program is a collaborative effort to help reimagine social policy for the twenty-first century. The primary objectives include assessing current conditions, exploring alternatives, and proposing forward-looking reforms to inform policy design and public discourse.resilient communities program: the resilient communities program works alongside local groups and leaders to design, build, manage, and leverage community wireless networks as platforms to strengthen relationships and address risks and challenges.
International policy programsinternational security: the international security program aims to provide evidence-based analysis of some of the toughest security challenges facing american policymakers and the public. Its research has addressed homegrown american terrorism, the development and nature of isis' networks in the west, the united states' drone wars abroad, the collapse of the american monopoly on armed drones and the proliferation of drones around the world, and the profound changes in warfare wrought by New technology and societal changes. The program also examines regional security issues, with a particular focus on the middle east and south asia.future of property rights: the future of property rights program engages with policymakers, technologists, academics, civil society, and jurisdictions to help communities around the world formalize property rights. Recent technological advancements have made it possible to reduce the time, cost, and complexity of property rights formalization. The program's role is to highlight these opportunities, expand the conversation, and facilitate instances of property rights formalization improving lives.resource security program: New America's resource security program works on the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources, or "natural security." New America is looking at the shifting patterns of natural security, from local communities to geopolitics, and with its phase zero project, seeks to understand how climate change can predict global conflict.work, workers and technology: the work, workers, and technology program reimagines America's social contract and how the evolution and automation of work is changing society. Through a series of scenario planning exercises with small groups of tech and business ceos, wwt explores how artificial intelligence, the on-demand economy, the aging workforce, and other technological and cultural changes will transform the way we work.
Technology policy programsopen technology institute: the open technology institute strengthens communities through grounded research, technological innovation, and policy reform. New America creates reform to support open source innovations and foster open technologies and communications networks. Partnering with communities, researchers, industry and public interest groups, New America promotes affordable, universal, and ubiquitous communications networks.the wireless future project develops and advocates policy proposals to promote universal, affordable, and ubiquitous broadband and improve the public's access to critical wireless communication technologies.the ranking digital rights project evaluates and ranks the world's largest internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies' commitments, policies and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy.techcongress is a project to embed technologists in congressional offices to bolster in-house tech expertise in government.the measurement lab (m-lab) platform and corresponding toolkit measure internet speeds and performance, so that anyone can now search for local information about internet providers and speeds, download the data themselves, and compare locations across the world.public interest technology program: the public interest technology program connects technologists to public interest organizations to improve services to vulnerable communities and strengthen local organizations that serve them.cybersecurity initiative: the goal of New America's cybersecurity initiative is to bring the key attributes of New America's ethos to the cybersecurity policy conversation. In doing so, the initiative provides a look at issues from fresh perspectives, an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration, a commitment to quality research and events, and dedication to diversity in all its guises. The initiative seeks to address issues others can't or don't and create impact at scale.the digichina project, primarily through translating and analyzing chinese-language sources, works to understand how the chinese state and society deploy and use digital technologies policy developments.future tense: future tense is a partnership between New America, Arizona state university, and slate magazine to explore emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy. Central to the partnership is a series of events that take in-depth, provocative looks at issues that, while little understood today, will dramatically reshape the policy debates of the coming decade. Digital impact and governance initiative: the digital impact and governance initiative (digi) develops technology platforms that transform the way institutions deliver value for citizens. The program works with partners in government and the private sector to create modular, interoperable technology solutions built on open source code that address key challenges facing the public sector. These platforms provide "80 percent" solutions, with governments able to customize the last 20 percent of each platform to meet their specific needs. Over the next five years, the program hopes to scale the use of open source platforms to jurisdictions with at least 100 million people.blockchain trust accelerator: the blockchain trust accelerator, grown out of the bretton woods ii program, explores how blockchain technology can be used to solve social impact and governance challenges.