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Why Does It Still Take 5 Hours To Fly Cross-Country?!

We like to talk about the dizzying rate of technological change these days, but when it comes to intercity travel, we’re stuck back in 1959, when the 707 made its inaugural trans-continental flight. Why is that? And are we now on the eve of startling innovations in flying, or will it still take five hours to fly across the country in 2059? Join Future Tense for lunch in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 11 to discuss these questions, and the future of aviation.

Upcoming Events

Encryption is Key

EVENT May 17, 2016 01:30 PM– 03:00 PM

Tuesday May 17, 2016

01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Join New America’s Open Technology Institute and the Center for Democracy & Technology for a briefing on Capitol Hill, hosted by Senator Leahy and Senator Lee, on the importance of encryption to security, privacy, and industry.

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“Remember the Ladies”

EVENT May 26, 2016 09:00 AM– 10:30 AM

Thursday May 26, 2016

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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Abigail Adams held a role that only one other First Lady has ever held: she was a wife and a mother to a U.S. President. In the latest installment of New America’s Women’s Decision event series, Louisa Thomas speaks candidly about her acclaimed biography of Abigail Adams’ daughter-in-law, Louisa Adams. In conversation with Washington Post writer and FLOTUS reporter Krissah Thompson, Thomas will engage from a variety of perspectives the history, present, and future of the figure of the First Lady.

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All Books
article | May 15, 2016 | Open Technology Institute

OTI Submits Comments on the Verizon/XO Merger

In dual applications before the Commission, XO Communications and Verizon Communications propose a transaction that raises serious concerns for consumers, small businesses, the nation’s telecommunications networks, and the public interest. The applicants’ proposal would strengthen Verizon’s already dominant position in the Internet ecosystem by giving the company control of XO’s substantial wireline and wireless assets.