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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.

October 2, 2014

Are We Destined To Surf The UN-Net?

There is intense international pressure to have a UN-type organization take control of Internet governance, fundamentally changing ICANN into an international governmental regulatory agency.

October 1, 2014

State Tax Competition is Both Good Policy and It's Constitutional

Some people want the federal government to restrict the states from engaging in exactly the kind of activity, such as tax competition, that the Constitution reserves to the states.

September 17, 2014

Saving Our Savings

To save our savings, government needs only to get out of the way.

September 10, 2014

Muddled Morality and a Whopper of a Tale

An anti-inversion law that ignores broader tax reform might be legal but certainly is not the right thing to do.

September 10, 2014

Muni Broadband Pre-emption More Partisan at Federal Than State Level

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett D. Cleland

North Carolina and Tennessee are most likely to be the states where petitions could become a campaign issue because their laws are under FCC scrutiny, but there's not evidence it's a significant issue in state campaigns, said Bartlett Cleland.

August 7, 2014

More Taxes? Gulp! Or Maybe Big Gulp.

This November the residents of Berkeley, California, will vote on a first-of-its-kind tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead of offering saccharine speeches and sweet promises these pro-tax, government-control activists should be honest with their constituents.

August 6, 2014

What Software Patents Have Wrought: 'A lottery ticket to a lawsuit'

In June, the Supreme Court held that abstract ideas are not patentable and that merely implementing them via computer was not enough to make them so. While this decision provides some help, Congress must act to clarify the situation and end the very real harm to the overall patent system.

July 24, 2014

The Senate's Plan to Increase Your Taxes

Why would senators want to levy a large tax increase on their own citizens when times are already tough for too many? Good question.

July 21, 2014

The Undead Death Tax

Burying the undead death tax would be one of the 113th Congress’s best legacies.

July 11, 2014

The New Rent Seeking?

When companies resort to lawsuits to gain market advantage, a sort of rent seeking via the courts can be the result.


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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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