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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.

February 12, 2024

IPI Policy Basics: The Costs of Protecting Teens Online (Audio: Podcast)

Taking advantage of IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland’s presence in-studio, we discuss the problems with the state and federal legislative attempts to “protect children online” through age verification and other schemes. Hint: The problems are overwhelming and underappreciated. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.


February 8, 2024

Can States Deny Donald Trump Ballot Access? (Audio: Podcast)

We discuss today’s Supreme Court arguments on Colorado’s case for denying Donald Trump ballot access, and agree with the apparent leanings of SCOTUS that Colorado’s arguments are unsustainable. Nevertheless, it’s a great opportunity to nerd-out on constitutional law and federalism. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

April 24, 2023

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Intellectual Property, Why Is it Important, and Why Is it Controversial? (Audio: Podcast)

In recognition of World IP Day, the Institute for Policy Innovation, an accredited Non-Governmental Organization affiliated with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), discusses the importance of intellectual property protection. With IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland and IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

April 24, 2023

How the Biden Administration is Putting Prescription Drug Innovation at Risk (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, who has spent significant time researching and understanding prescription drug and health care innovation, describes how the Biden administration is abusing the “march in rights” permitted under the Bayh-Dole legislation in order to supposedly reduce prescription drug prices. He then explains how the Biden administration is also in danger of allowing the international TRIPs waiver provisions to further weaken patent protection. IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland relates these issues to the same kinds of tech transfer issues encountered in the tech industry, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti interjects thoughts of questionable value.

February 16, 2023

When Government Pressures Big Tech (Audio: Podcast)

The “Twitter Files” have revealed federal agencies making requests and even pressuring Twitter and other social media platforms to influence their content moderation decisions. What happens when government and private entities cooperate? Is there anything new about this? When should we be concerned, and when do private entities become “quasi-government actors?” Is there any such thing as a quasi-government actor? IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland, and President Tom Giovanetti discuss the news and the issues involved.

February 16, 2023

Is DirectTV Censoring Newsmax? (Audio: Podcast)

Yet another retransmission dispute involves DirectTV refusing to accede to NewsMax’s demand for higher carriage fees. We see this as a business dispute between two private companies, but a group of conservatives is complaining that DirectTV is “censoring” NewsMax for its conservative news coverage. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland talk through the issues involved, including whether private entities can engage in true censorship at all.

July 14, 2022

Should the Federal Government Subsidize Domestic Microchip Manufacturing (Audio: Podcast)

Should national security interests trump free-market proponents’ usual anti-corporate welfare, no subsidy, no trade distortions approach to policy? What constitutes a genuine national security consideration, since using national security as an invalid excuse has been used in the past. IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discuss the legitimacy of federal policies that favor domestic sourcing of critical products such as microchips, pharmaceutical ingredients, rare earth metals, etc. for national security considerations.

July 14, 2022

The Texas Energy Grid, Resiliance, Fragility, and Why We Need An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy (Audio: Podcast)

During our current hotter-than-usual summer, the Texas grid has come close to overcapacity several times. In light of the 2021 Texas freeze and blackouts, the Texas electrical grid is the subject of increased scrutiny. IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discuss electrical generation and transmission, solar, wind and thermal generation, and what Texas needs to do going forward.

May 5, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: Permissionless Innovation vs. the Precautionary Principle (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland guides a discussion with IPI President Tom Giovanetti about the importance of permissionless innovation, and the problems with its opposite—the precautionary principle.

May 5, 2022

Proper Policymaking and the Implications of a Possible Roe Reversal (Audio: Podcast)

Based on this week’s shocking leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe decision, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland avoid discussing the morality of abortion but instead explain how Roe precluded any development of consensus on abortion policy and drove both sides to their corners to become more extreme. Now, if Roe is overturned, an overdue policy discussion that has been frozen for 50 years can finally take place through consensus and legislation.

March 28, 2022

Conservatives Confusing Policy, Principles, Preferences, Technologies and Business Models (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discusses several examples of how conservatives can confuse principles with technological preferences and business models. Joined by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

December 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Is Antitrust the Right Solution to the Problem? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland talks through the right way to think about antitrust policy. When is a company “too big?” Are there benefits to scale? What’s the consumer welfare standard, and isn’t any alternative to the consumer welfare standard just arbitrary? With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

December 10, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Social Media Regulation, Section 230, and the First Amendment (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland and IPI President Tom Giovanetti have an extensive conversation explaining the origins of Section 230, and the insurmountable First Amendment problems with states trying to compel social media platforms to host speech they don’t want to host.

October 21, 2021

Why a Tight Labor Market Is a Bad Thing (Audio: Podcast)

Progressives seem to think a tight labor market is a good thing because it pressures businesses to pay higher wages. But a labor shortage is bad for the economy, because in order to grow, an economy requires an abundant supply of both capital and labor. A tight labor market contributes to slower economic growth, higher prices, lower production, and inflation. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland.

October 21, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Supply Creates Its Own Demand (Audio: Podcast)

A fundamental issue in economics, a law described by French economist Jean-Baptiste Say in 1803 asserts that production is necessary before any consumption can take place; therefore, production comes first, and is more important. Production creates economic growth, and demand essentially takes care of itself. This is in dramatic opposition to Keynesian economics, which posits that government should encourage consumption through borrowing and deficit spending, and that increasing demand will stimulate production. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explain why Say’s Law (and thus supply-side economics) is correct and why Keynesian, demand-side economics is wrong. And Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland contributes several examples from the innovation economy that illustrate the point.

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