Scholar Commentary

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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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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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Op-Ed: Home-Based Businesses Are Coming

With the rapid spread of Covid-19, working from home is having a moment. With most major cities now under stay-at-home orders and nonessential businesses closing down across the country, millions of Americans are working remotely for the first time. Will it stick?

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CHART: Regulatory Reaction Timeline of COVID-19

The introduction of the COVID-19 virus has precipitated a variety of responses from a range of different institutions. But there is disagreement about whether or not institutional responses have been effective and timed efficiently. For example, university researchers

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Accelerating availability of vaccine candidates for COVID-19

Without a vaccine for COVID-19, the pandemic will be here for some time. Measures such as social distancing and robust surveillance can control the spread of the disease, but there will always be a risk that a flare-up will take lives, especially those of elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

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Op-ed: Changing Antitrust rules will cause confusion

Last week Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced a new bill alongside Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to change a critical section of antitrust law. According to Klobuchar, the Anticompetitive Exclusionary Conduct Prevention Act of 2020

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Op-ed: Our national parks deserve better

With springtime quickly approaching, many families are preparing for summer road trips to America’s national parks. But instead of wide-open spaces, visitors may be greeted with long lines, full campgrounds and nowhere to park. Outside of California’s Joshua Tree

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Op-ed: Repressive state-laws can harm mental health

A popular theory about mental health for children and young adults revolves around increased social media exposure. Digital technology now allows for the quick and rampant display of narcissistic sentiments and even intentions to bully. Research in this area is

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Op-ed: Positive changes to the Endangered Species Act

An ecologist at the University of Sydney estimates that at least one billion animals have died in the wildfires that continue to rage across Australia. Even once the flames die out, widespread damage to habitats may push some species closer to extinction. Photos of

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