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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.

January 17, 2013

Copyright Conversation Alert at CES

Discussions about the protection of IP rights should be robust, including many voices but should also be honest. Perhaps next year, with the kabuki-like fights on Capitol Hill a more distant memory, we can hear about the positive progress being made to address real concerns.

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January 8, 2013

mHealth Moving Along

While health technology is advancing, it needs more champions to move it from the domain of regulators and hospitals to where it belongs, in the imaginations of innovators an the hands of consumers.

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January 7, 2013

An IP lesson during breakfast

When someone invests the time, capital and effort in innovation or growth can we really feel good about arguing that others should be able to commandeer the results of that work to line their own pockets?

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September 21, 2012

Objective Data Ignored at the FCC

For all the talk of the FCC being data driven, the use of objective data is hard to find. Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Genachowski labored to make an argument The Need for Speed, that the speed of broadband in the U.S. is less than adequate. But again, while his column included several data points, the fundamental point was left unsupported.

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July 31, 2012

The Mirage of False Federalism in the Marketplace Fairness Act

False federalism is that knee jerk opposition to the federal government doing anything.

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