X-Lab Celebrates One Year Anniversary as it Spins Out to Independent Tech Tank

Dear Friends,

After launching a number of groundbreaking initiatives over the last year, X-Lab will celebrate its first anniversary by as an independent tech tank starting in April.

We will be housed at the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports a diverse array of technology, conservation, education, global health, and other philanthropic initiatives. We’re excited to continue X-Lab’s work of empowering tinkerers and the digital craftsmen and women of tomorrow in the development human-centric, rights-preserving innovations as an independent tech tank.

Check out the for more details.

In just its first year, X-Lab has kicked off several programs including Commotion Labs, the Civil Liberties Coalition, the Circumvention Tech Audit Lab, the PrivWare Lab, and a participatory democracy platform called Nobis, being built in collaboration with DemocracyOS and Loomio. I look forward to these projects joining earlier successes like the,, and the.

Even though X-Lab will have a new home, what won't change is our committment to bold policy proposals and innovative, rights-centered tech development. We're looking forward to another year of preserving and expanding an open and free internet, whether through policy advocacy, innovative business models, or novel technology development I look forward to working with many of you on this new stage of our journey.

Sascha Meinrath
Director, X-Lab
Founder, Open Technology Institute

In The News

. Read the Press Release announcing our new home.

. The Surveillance State Repeal Act would roll back some of the worst constitutional abuses that have resulted from the US government's widespread spying practices. While it has received backing across the political spectrum, the act needs broad public support to become a reality.

. Tea After Twelve did an in-depth interview with me on Commotion Wireless and closing the digitial divide. Read more .

. Cuba is poised to potentially transform from a dictatorship into a model for participaroty democracy in the digital age. The US should be the first to help it do just that.

. For those interested in keeping up-to-date on various goings-ons in the cybersecurity realm, here'sa non-exhaustive list of interesting resources I wrote as a guest post for Tom Rick's Foreign Policy blog.

. Even if Congress could pass a proposal addressing net neutrality, the probable result would be a contorted bill that would most likely be vetoed.

. The FCC did confirm during the net neutrality vote that the rules do tackle interconnection, but only through complaints made on the case-by-case basis.

. If you have a credit card that gets compromised you can get a new credit card, but what do you do if your iris or your fingerprints get compromised?