Senior fellow Barton Gellman's latest in the Washington Post discloses the NSA's use of Internet users' cookies from Google to pinpoint potential hacking targets. These new revelations bolster concern from privacy advocates about the use of these types of tracking tools, including location data.
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While many politicians and advocates on both sides of the aisle talk a good game, only progressives are meaningfully pushing to increase public investment, fellow Andrew Fieldhouse writes. On the other hand, centrists use concern about public investment in the hopes of compelling progressives to make cuts to social insurance programs.
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A new movement in higher education seeks to base school funding on pre-determined performance standards. This idea has some promise, as America’s college education rates lag behind our international peers. But, as blogger Jill Silos-Rooney investigates, much more research needs to be done before implementing these new standards.
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Atlanta is a notoriously car-dependent city. But less than a year from now, downtown drivers in Georgia’s capital will have a new rival for the road: the Atlanta Streetcar. Blogger Jacob Anbinder writes about the inherent issues with cities spending more on less efficient streetcars than mass transit.
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Founded in 1919, The Century Foundation provides creative, progressive solutions to our important domestic and international challenges. Fellows at The Century Foundation – among the most accomplished experts in the country – advance distinctive, workable ideas built on compelling evidence.
Most K-12 education reforms are about trying to make "separate but equal" schools for rich and poor work well. The results of these efforts have been discouraging. The Century Foundation looks at ways to integrate public schools by economic status through public school choice. At the higher education level, we examine ways to open the doors of selective and non-selective institutions to students of modest means.
In the first years of the new century, an assertive foreign policy took a toll on the cultivated role of the U.S. as a responsible global leader. The Century Foundation's work in this area provides perspective on the international difficulties the U.S. is facing today, while providing policy recommendations to promote the nation's security interests. Our research and analysis focuses on effectively responding to challenges in the Middle East and Pakistan, as well as responding to international crime.
Compared to other advanced nations, America’s retirement security and health care systems offer weaker protections against risks we all face. The Century Foundation’s work focuses on ideas for strengthening Social Security, pensions, and health care – including steps for building on the Affordable Care Act.
In recent decades, and especially since 2000, the richest Americans have enjoyed soaring income and wealth while the rest of the population's living standards have stagnated. The Century Foundation was one of the first institutions to raise serious concerns about these trends and propose ideas for improving economic conditions for all Americans- not just the fortunate few.
Since our 1919 founding, The Century Foundation has published work examining a broad array of issues including civil liberties, the media, campaign finance, and intelligence agency reform. This section provides a portal to many of those works.
Benjamin Landy, on December 5, 2013
The rising level of student loan debt isn't the problem, it's a symptom. The real problem is the rising cost of college itself. Benjamin Landy's latest Graph of the Day details how much public education [...] Read More
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Published by Random House Publishing Group, October 29, 2013
This extraordinary collection gathers the never-before-seen correspondence of a true American original, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.—the acclaimed historian, lion of the liberal establishment, and longtime trustee of The Century Foundation. [...]