I wanted to take a moment to welcome Hance Haney to the Tech Liberation Front blog and introduce TLF readers to our newest contributor. Hance is the director of the Discovery Institute’s “Technology & Democracy” project and a frequent blogger on Discovery’s excellent “Disco-Tech” blog. He’ll be cross-posting many of his Disco-Tech essays here on the TLF now.
I first met Hance over 10 years ago when he was a staffer for Rep. Bob Packwood in the years leading up to the passage of the Telecom Act of 1996. For those who might not remember, Bob Packwood was about as principled as they come on communications, media and First Amendment issues when he was in Congress. Hance and I used to enjoy coming up with radical pieces of legislation that would gut heavy-handed telecom regs and cut the FCC down to size… and, amazingly, his boss would introduce every one of them! (Needless to say, Sen. Packwood and Hance didn’t make a lot of friends with the Big Government crowd in the Senate in those days!)
After leaving his Senate position, Hance worked with the U.S. Telecom Assoc. and Qwest Communications before finally landing at Discovery. As you can see from some of the blog entries he’s already posted here, Hance does solid research on the issues we care about and will make a fine contributor to the TLF.
Welcome aboard Hance!