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Driving in the Age of Orwell

March 2, 2015 BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Additional Focus

TCF policy associate Sam Adler-Bell recently published a new blog post on four ways that the modern "surveillance industrial revolution" is changing the lives of Americans. The piece has been quoted in a Washington Examiner piece on driving in the age of Orwell.

Sam Adler-Bell for The Century Foundation: Your car can now be used to track you, hack you, and coerce you into paying your bills.

Read the article in the Washington Examiner.

Tags: surveillance, nsa, data collection, data

POLITICO Playbook: Mark Zuckerman Named TCF’s New President

Today is the first official day of TCF's new President, Mark Zuckerman, and his appointment has made it into the pages of POLITICO.

OBAMA ALUMNI – “Mark Zuckerman has been named the next President of The Century Foundation, a progressive New York based think tank ... Zuckerman served in the Obama White House as the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.”

See the "must-read briefing" listing the announcement in POLITICO's Playbook.

Tags: president, obama, century foundation

Mark Zuckerman New President of The Century Foundation

February 24, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Additional Focus, News About TCF

Mark Zuckerman has been named the next President of The Century Foundation, a progressive New York based think tank that has been delivering groundbreaking policy research since 1919.


Chapel Hill Murders Weren’t about Religion, But about Guns

February 20, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

In the wake of the Chapel Hill murders of three Muslims by Craig Hicks, a 46-year old white man, many have deemed the killings an act of hate tied to the victims' religion. TCF fellow Michael A. Cohen discusses why these killings reflect not an ideological issue between the killer and his victims, but rather a larger problem in America regarding gun violence. 

Indeed, in the aftermath of the North Carolina shooting — with the usual interviews with neighbors and family in search for some explanation of how someone could be driven to such brutal violence — there was precious little attention to the single element that turned a seemingly anodyne dispute into a triple homicide. Guns are the one constant, and yet, because of their very omnipresence, they’re also the one element so often looked past. Or perhaps, because we as a nation have basically given up trying to stop the daily drumbeat of gun violence, we search for other explanations. Better that than confront the constant reminders of our national failure.

See Cohen's piece in The Boston Globe.

Tags: newtown, mental illness, guns, gun violence, gun debate

James Risen and the Reporter’s Responsibility

February 19, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

On Twitter, New York Times reporter James Risen recently called Attorney General Eric Holder "the nation's top censorship officer" and the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” When the Times's public editor Margaret Sullivan came out to support her colleague, this resulted in a debate on Twitter between TCF fellow Michael Cohen and Sullivan. 

The opposing view, as expressed by Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen, is that Risen is outside of his bounds as a Times journalist. For the last seven years, Risen has been fighting the Justice Department's demands that he identify his confidential sources for his reporting on a CIA plan to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. As of January, Risen will not be called to the witness stand.

To read the debate, follow the link to Politico here.

Tags: twitter, press freedom, obama administration, obama administration, new york times, eric holder

Mourning David Carr, Another Stranger Who Made My Life Brighter

February 14, 2015 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

TCF fellow and Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Harold Pollack writes a heartfelt and poignant piece on the recent passing of famed New York Times columnist David Carr. Pollack writes that although he had never met Carr, he was one of the individuals who made his life a bit brighter everyday upon reading Carr's witty column on his morning commute. Carr will be deeply missed by those inside and outside the journalism community for his dedication and contribution to the reporting field.

Carr’s death stops me in my tracks for many reasons. He was struck down at the top of his game. He had such tremendous human vitality. I would so look forward to catching his latest column on my morning commute. He was just someone who made my life a little brighter, provided a flash of wit and insight, delivered with apparently effortless style.

Read Pollack's tribute to Carr in Washington Monthly.

Tags: reporting, journalism, david carr


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