Open Technology Institute
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|Open Technology Institute|
|Type||Public Policy Think Tank|
|Headquarters||1899 L Street NW, Ste. 400|
The Open Technology Institute (OTI) is the technology program of the New America Foundation. OTI formulates policy and regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open-source innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open technologies and communications networks. Additionally, OTI is actively developing open-source, low-cost community wireless networks, particularly in underserved areas. In 2012 OTI's director Sascha Meinrath was named to Newsweek’s Digital Power Index list of Top 100 influencers among other “public servants defining digital regulatory boundaries”.
Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open, distributed server platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools founded in 2009 by Vint Cerf, Sascha Meinrath, and several other academics, researchers, and institutions. The project has grown to have 45 severs at 15 locations around the global and currently supports five tools. All the data collected by M-Lab is made available to the research community.
Commotion, is an open source “device-as-infrastructure” communication platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, Wi-Fi-enabled computers, and other wireless-capable devices to create community- and metro-scale, peer-to-peer communications networks. The project builds on existing mesh wireless technologies and gained widespread attention when, in 2011, the U.S. State Department announced funding for Commotion to lower barriers for building distributed communications networks. The project has been described as the "Internet in a Suitcase" by the New York Times.