Scholar Commentary

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Op-Ed: Seeing on the far side of the moon

This piece was originally published at Works in Progress. In 1929, Bell Labs was frustrated by persistent electrical interference on its transatlantic wireless telephone link. The system had launched two years earlier on the staggeringly low frequency of 60 kHz. After an upgrade to operate between 10 and 20 MHz, electrical disturbances still plagued phone […]

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A Divided America: Adam Smith Institute Webinar

“Much of the last few weeks have been leading up to one decisive day, the day when all would be clear: US Election Day. But in the days following, as votes slowly have been tallied up, we have seen that the democratic process takes time. As we move closer to a result, albeit contested as […]

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Policy Briefing: Critical Habitat Designations & Proposed ESA Reforms

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule regarding the administration of critical habitat designations for endangered species. Critical habitat designations on private land can discourage property owners from maintaining or restoring habitat for protected species. Because private lands provide essential habitat for endangered wildlife, it’s important that reforms boost the incentives […]

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Radio: In first presidential debate, what will we hear about the economy?

The U.S. economy is among the six topics selected for the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. When it comes to the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic President Trump and his Democratic opponent former Vice President Joe Biden are likely to agree on the basics. Listen to CGO Academic Director […]

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TV: Tick-Tock for TikTok?

Senior Research Fellow Will Rinehart joined Jim Lokay on The Final 5 (Fox 5 DC) to break down the President’s recent executive order on TikTok and WeChat, and how that could alter how the government handles private business.

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The Great Antidote – Benjamin Powell

In this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Benjamin Powell. In their discussion, Juliette and Benjiman cover sweatshops, the global economy, economic policy, and more.

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Op-ed: Don’t Ban TikTok Before A Public Trial

On August 6, the White House gave TikTok’s parent company in Beijing, ByteDance, 45 days to sell off the social media app or face a ban in the United States. Senior Research Fellow, Will Rinehart argues against an outright ban in the U.S. in this Daily Caller op-ed.

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Op-ed: SB1070 failed — it didn’t make anyone safer

Wednesday, July 29 marked the 10-year anniversary since the controversial implementation of SB 1070. Commonly called the “show-me-your-papers” law, supporters argued that it would reduce crime in communities. But has SB 1070 actually made Arizonans safer? New evidence suggests it has not.

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Big Tech Antitrust Hearings

William Rinehart at Utah State University discusses the news about big tech companies testifying before the House on antitrust, politics, and censorship.

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Op-ed: A Second Wave Is Coming … to Our Criminal Justice System

During the Covid-19 crisis, courts all across the country have severely restricted access to the criminal justice system. As a result, an already inefficient and painfully slow process has ground to a near halt and only the most severe cases are heard, and even then, many of those are postponed until social distancing requirements begin to ease.

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The Great Antidote – Ed Glaeser

On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Ed Glaeser, she is joined by guest Ed Glaeser. In their discussion, Juliette and Ed cover the current housing crisis, potential solutions, and the advantages brought on by urban life.

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The Great Antidote – Randy Barnett

On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Randy Barnett. In their discussion, Juliette and Randy cover constitutional law, originalism, and his new book with Josh Blackman, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know.

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Radio: Contact Tracing and Technology

Lowman Henry of American Radio Journal talks with senior research fellow, William Rinehart, about the promise and pitfalls of contact tracing. Will notes that application based contact tracing should only be considered as a supplement to manual contact tracing.

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Blog: There Aren’t Luddites in a Quarantine

Before COVID-19, catchy headlines like “Heavy Social Media Use Linked With Mental Health Issues In Teens” and “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” were met with nods and approvals. These concerns found backing in legislation like Senator Josh Hawley’s “Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act” or SMART Act.

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