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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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August 28, 2014

Muni Broadband Isn't About the Unserved

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Wilson NC's municipal broadband network seems more interested in providing service to the already served rather than to the unserved.

August 26, 2014

Independent, Technical, Multistakeholder Organizations that Have Become Part of the United Nations

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

It's not like it's never happened before.

August 26, 2014

Piracy Killing Movie Franchises

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Piracy may not be the only factor behind a movie's underperformance, but it's clear that it can be a major factor.

August 22, 2014

The One-Two Punch Against American Agriculture

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

We allow other of our domestic industries to be exposed to blatant market manipulation and outright attack by our trading partners, particularly in agriculture.

August 7, 2014

Creativity is More than Pushing Buttons

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Monkeys, photographs and a nihilistic view of creativity.

August 5, 2014

The Left Bashes, then Copies, Center-Right Institutions

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Left-leaning activists bash and denounce ALEC and SPN, while at the same time setting up their own versions. What's wrong with this picture?

August 4, 2014

So Do We Need Pharmaceutical Innovation, or Not?

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Karen Ignagni and her health insurance clients want it both ways: They want to reap the savings from innovative cures like Sovaldi, but they don't want to help pay for the innovation.

August 4, 2014

Piracy and the Small Indie Filmmaker

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

When everything is being done with marginal resources, marginal impacts have major impact.

June 17, 2014

Export-Import Bank loaning money to drug cartels

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Documentation for that little tidbit.

May 28, 2014

What Has Been Learned from the New Copyright Alert System (CAS)?

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

So far it seems there is every reason to be optimistic about the Copyright Alert System, and every reason to ignore its critics.

May 27, 2014

Amendment Would Prevent Administration from Relinquishing Control of the Internet

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Congress is right to prevent the administration from acting unilaterally to take what is almost certainly a bad step for the Internet.

May 19, 2014

Wait--I Thought "Permissionless Innovation" Was a Thing?

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Net neutrality means "permissionless innovation" for everyone EXCEPT broadband network providers.

May 18, 2014

Highlights of Commissioner Pai's Net Neutrality Dissent

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Commissioner Pai strikes at the heart of the problem with assuming that the D.C. Circuit court gave the FCC broad authority to impose regulations on broadband.

May 18, 2014

"Welcome to the Stupid Internet" Still Holds Up

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

An eight year old op/ed against net neutrality regulations still pretty much holds up. And the Internet is still fine.

May 7, 2014

More Ad Dollars Flow to Pirated Video

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Good piece in today's WSJ about the problem of ad-supported piracy.


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