The Technology & Democracy Project provides expert analysis and commentary on technology and public policy issues, and seeks to influence decision-makers and opinion leaders by generating public support for our ideas and by serving as a resource for media and legislators at the local, state and national levels.
The work of the Technology & Democracy Project complements the overall mission of Discovery Institute. Our efforts to “advance a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation” are greatly enhanced by our work related to the technology sector, which has led (and continues to lead) much of the creativity and innovation witnessed throughout the economy over the past two decades. Promoting sensible policies that encourage economic growth and innovation is crucial to the long term health of the United States.
The mission of Discovery Institute’s Technology & Democracy Project is to advocate free market-oriented public policies for promoting investment and innovation in the information economy.
What We Do
Our research and advocacy — including written reports, newspaper articles, radio and television interviews and op-eds, combined with speeches, conferences, lectures and public testimony — help promote governmental attitudes that are pro-technology and pro-free enterprise.
We have been a leader in advocating against “network neutrality” regulation for many years. This issue is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is considering whether, in an age of media abundance, the First Amendment protects broadband service providers, and whether net neutrality amounts to a taking without just compensation according to the Fifth Amendment.
We have also been a leader in charting a course for regulatory reform as single-purpose communications networks become multiple purpose broadband platforms capable of delivering voice, video and data services.
Senior Fellow, Technology & Democracy ProjectHance Haney is Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute, in Washington, D.C. Haney spent ten years as an aide to former Senator Bob Packwood (OR), and advised him in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee during the deliberations leading to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He subsequently held various positions with the United States Telecom Association and Qwest Communications. He earned a B.A. in history from Willamette University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Discovery InstituteGeorge Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A co-founder of Discovery Institute, Mr. Gilder is a Senior Fellow of the Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality, and also directs Discovery's Technology and Democracy Project. His latest book, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy(2018), Gilder waves goodbye to today's Internet. In a rocketing journey into the very near-future, he argues that Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.
John WohlstetterSenior Fellow, Discovery InstituteJohn Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and at the London Center for Public Policy Research. He is founder and editor of the issues blog Letter From The Capitol, and author of the books Sleepwalking With The Bomb and The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, Fordham University School of Law and The George Washington University. He is a trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra and a director of The Israel Energy Partnership. He resides in Charleston, SC.
Senior Program Advisor, is a broadly experienced telecommunications executive. He worked for various Oregon newspapers and the Oregon Public Utility Commission prior to joining GTE Corp. as part of their corporate headquarters staff. For 10 years he was external affairs director for GTE-Northwest, before being named Vice President for Federal Government Relations for GTE (and later Verizon Communications) in their Washington, D.C. office. He is recently retired and resides in Arlington, Va.
The Project is a program of Discovery Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-partisan educational and research organization based in Seattle, and with a presence in Washington, D.C. We are supported entirely by the generosity of private foundations as well as individual and corporate donors committed to technological innovation and economic growth.