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Bartlett D. Cleland

Research Fellow

Bartlett D. Cleland is a research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation.

Cleland represented IPI as a member of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force and contributed to its final report, released in January 2009. The Task Force was created in February 2008 at the request of 49 state attorneys general to identify effective tools and technologies to keep kids safe online. 

He currently serves as private sector co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force. Cleland also serves on the Internet Education Foundation Board of Directors, which involves working closely with the Internet Caucus and such projects as GetNetWise, a project to assist parents in understanding the Internet and how to protect children on-line. 

Cleland began his professional career in the human resources field with Lee Hecht Harrison as a consultant for executive outplacement.  He went to Washington, D.C. in 1995 to work for Senator John Ashcroft, serving as the Senator’s technology counsel from 1996 - 1998.  At the same time, he held various management positions, ultimately serving two years as operations director.  From 1998 to 2000, he worked for Americans for Tax Reform as technology and policy counsel, and advised Commissioner Grover G. Norquist on the Advisory Committee on Electronic Commerce.  From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Associate General Counsel and VP, Software, at the Information Technology Association of America.

Bartlett graduated from Millikin University with a B.S. in philosophy and business administration.  He received his Masters of Business Administration, as well as his law degree with a specialization in international and comparative law, from St. Louis University.  He is admitted to the Missouri bar.

June 2, 2016

FTC Should Have Priority Over Internet Privacy


Too many government entities looking after our privacy means that we do not have any.

April 21, 2016

Texas Telemedicine is Ailing


As yet another example of regulation hampering innovation, telemedicine in Texas is being held back by the Texas Medical Board.

April 20, 2016

Texas Telemedicine is Ailing


As yet another example of regulation hampering innovation, telemedicine in Texas is being held back by the Texas Medical Board.

March 17, 2016

Let the People Speak and Innovate


Politicians and bureaucrats increasingly want to legislate and regulate innovative new products and business models before they even exist. Instead, better to let society express its will before legislators try to do it. 

March 10, 2016

The Internet of (No)Thing


If Washington has its way, the “Internet of Things” won’t be much more than a sprawling, tax-collecting, expansive, government-spying operation.

December 23, 2015

Just in Time for Christmas! It's Text Spam


When a company is seeking to use government regulation to pad its own bottom line the government should reject the proposal.

November 19, 2015

The Creeping Tentacles of Unrestrained Regulation


We need restraint in the face of ill-defined, or ill-fitting, regulations that were clearly drafted and enacted in another age, for technology found today only in museums.

November 18, 2015

Why Republican Presidential Candidates Should Abandon Their VAT Tax Proposals


To introduce a hidden tax as part of a tax plan is a sure path to failure of transparency, and a failure to serve the citizens.

October 22, 2015

Playing Politics With Internet Taxes


Congress should move to protect taxpayers and Internet users once and for all by making the moratorium permanent.

October 15, 2015

Breaches and Breakdowns


Cyberattacks are a big and growing problem; fortunately, there are legislative ways to address the problem that will increase cooperation without stifling innovation.

 

Total Records: 191

 

Featured Publication

The "UN-Internet" Is Coming

This TechByte by Bartlett D. Cleland explains how Internet governance is managed now and how the freedom we have taken for granted is about to be under direct attack.

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