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FBI’s iPhone Request Threatens Innovation

Frustrated by its unsuccessful attempt to access the contents of an iPhone that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects in December, the FBI has obtained a court order requiring Apple’s cooperation. Although the FBI insists this is an exceptional request, limited to a single iPhone, in fact it has grave consequences for tech firms. Read DI Senior Fellow Hance Haney’s analysis at The Stream.


Non-Adaptive Order: An Existential Challenge to Darwinian Evolution

At London’s famous Natural History Museum in South Kensington, a statue of Richard Owen had been prominently placed for many decades at the head of the main staircase. But in a curiously symbolic event on May 23, 2008, the statue was moved to one of the adjacent balconies to make room for a statue of Charles Darwin, which now sits in pride of place. Read the full article at Evolution News.


Beyond Partisanship — Why Clinton is Unfit For Commander in Chief

Writing at Investor’s Business Daily Discovery Institute senior fellow, economist Scott Powell, weighs in on the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Obsession with the extent and legal culpability of Hillary Clinton in her handling of classified information as secretary of state through a private, home-based and unsecure email server makes for intrigue and anticipation of a perp-walk indictment and ensuing political drama. But it misses the mark on what voters need to understand. Clinton’s repeated claims that she neither received nor sent classified information through her private email system and her tacit assertion of good judgment and accomplishment in national security matters as secretary of state were incredulous from the very beginning. Consider just two things. Read the rest at Read More ›


American Center for Transforming Education: Updates from Washington and Oklahoma

Discovery Institute recently launched its newest program, the American Center for Transforming Education (ACTE), to target one of the nation’s highest priority public policy objectives: improving the performance of the U.S. education system. ACTE blends a focus on increasing parental choice and empowerment with the complementary objectives of reforming certification for teachers and administrators and strengthening teacher preparation programs. ACTE’s work is rooted in the philosophy that the education of the child is a fundamental responsibility of the family. All families, regardless of socioeconomic status, should be able to access the school that they believe will best serve their children. A ZIP code should not be the determining factor in what education a child will be able to receive. In Read More ›


Education Reform Must Begin With the Legislature Says Former Seattle School Board President

This week, the Legislature begins its deliberations during this short session. The top priority will be “education” and the need to comply with the Supreme Court decisions on charter schools and funding. The charter school issue should be the easier of the two according to Don Nielsen, former Seattle School Board President and author of Every School: One Citizen’s Guide To Transforming Education. Read More ›

Intelligent Design Is Older Than You Think — A Lot Older

The modern intelligent design movement may be traced to a seminal meeting organized by Phillip Johnson at Pajaro Dunes in 1993, although the Wistar Symposium of 1966 and a persistent march of Darwinian skeptics certainly prepared the soil for that fertile meeting. But ID as a concept long predates the twentieth century. Just as modern materialism and physicalism have their roots in the ancient atomists (notably Leucippus, Democritus, Lucretius), so too ID has a deep and rich history. Continue reading at Evolution News.



Discovery Institute Senior Fellows’ Message to Congress: Support Permanent Internet Tax Freedom

December 11, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hance Haney [email protected] 202-558-7083 George Gilder, Hance Haney and John Wohlstetter of the Discovery Institute’s Technology & Democracy Project urge Congress to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 644). “The Internet Tax Freedom Act has prevented broadband Internet access services from being taxed like alcohol, tobacco and telecommunications since 1998. Had the Internet been taxed like telecom, it would have added 18% on average to the cost of a monthly subscription and slowed the growth of Internet services. “The time has come for Congress to extend this important consumer protection, which expires today. A tax on broadband would be regressive, inefficient and contrary to the goal of affordable broadband for all Read More ›