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Tom Giovanetti


Tom Giovanetti is president of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a public policy research organization based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining IPI in 1992, Mr. Giovanetti was a freelance policy writer and the director of product development for a small manufacturing company in Dallas, where he designed several patented products and gained real-world experience in how taxes and regulations affect small business.

Mr. Giovanetti writes for IPI and for other publications on a wide variety of policy topics including tax reform, intellectual property, Social Security personal accounts, communications policy, Internet governance, education reform, the broadband revolution, and out-of-control government spending.  In addition to being published in leading papers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily and The Dallas Morning News, he also appears regularly on a number of radio and television programs.

Mr. Giovanetti represents IPI many national and international organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where IPI is an accredited NGO. IPI was also accredited as an observer organization with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), where he argued against UN involvement with Internet governance, and with the UN's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Mr. Giovanetti also participated during meetings of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, and represents IPI as a stakeholder during trade agreement negotiations such as the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In addition to his writing and speaking, Mr. Giovanetti also testifies before state and federal legislative committees on a variety of topics, and is primarily responsible for fundraising and development for the Institute for Policy Innovation.

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November 5, 2014

Statement on the Passage of Denton's Fracking Ban

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Observers should expect a judge to issue an injunction against the ban in short order.

November 2, 2014

The Only Fracking Stopped by the Ban Is the Good Kind

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Here's the poorly understood irony facing Denton voters on November 4: Responsible drilling is the only kind of drilling that will be stopped if the proposed ban passes.

October 23, 2014

Legal, Economic & Property Rights Arguments Against the Proposed Ban on Fracking in Denton (video)

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Two videos outlining some of the main arguments against the proposed ban on fracking in the city of Denton, Texas.

October 23, 2014

More Misleading Hype about the IP Chapter of the TPP: Forbes' Katheryn Thayer

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Cataloging the uninformed and just plain wrong reactions to the Wikileaked IP chapter of the TPP.

October 14, 2014

Ending Sugar Subsidies the Right (the Only?) Way

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

A global agreement is the best and maybe the only way to end U.S. sugar subsidies.

September 30, 2014

Good Riddance, FCC Blackout Rules

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

The NFL can no longer blame the FCC for sports blackouts, because the FCC is no longer involved in the NFL's business model (at least in this regard)

September 29, 2014

Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Grooveshark found to be guilty of copyright infringement and destruction of evidence

September 25, 2014

Online Piracy Is not Due to a Lack of Available Content

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

A new KPMG study shows that movies and TV shows are readily available to consumers in convenient, legal formats.

September 23, 2014

Yes, Of Course, In Trade Agreements, the Devil Is In the Details

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

If you accept that IP belongs in trade agreements, as it clearly does, then you open the discussion about the details.

September 19, 2014

U.S. Petroleum Exports Up, Crude Oil Imports Down

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Time to lift the federal ban on crude oil exports.

September 17, 2014

Some Things Are Worth Requiring Permission

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Permissionless innovation is a popular catchphrase, but property rights are important enough to merit protection and thus require permission.

September 16, 2014

We're Flaring (Wasting) Shale Gas Because We Can't Export It

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Glut prices for natural gas are an economic distortion caused by federal ban on export.

September 16, 2014

U.S. Energy Boom not about to Run Out

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Innovation is making wells more productive than expected.

September 16, 2014

U.S. Shale Boom Is Saving the World $5 Billion a Day

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Fracking is stabilizing global energy prices.

September 3, 2014

Quotes from UNT Prof. Adam Briggle that Undermine his Call for a Ban on Fracking in the City of Denton, Texas

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Some quotes from last night's debate on the proposed ban on fracking in Denton, Texas


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