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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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April 13, 2014

Video of Tom Giovanetti Speaking on the U.S. Relinquishing Control of Internet Root Zone Functions

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

It's worth questioning the wisdom of the U.S. surrendering the core Internet functions to a yet-to-be-determined multistakeholder organization with yet-to-be-determined rules and procedures.

April 7, 2014

Sen. Mike Lee Agrees with IPI on Ending the Ex-Im Bank

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Great piece in National Review today by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on eliminating the Export-Import Bank.

March 24, 2014

Bigger Can Be Better; or Why the Comcast Merger is Probably Good for Time Warner Cable Customers

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

No, Senator Franken, there will not be less competition, since Comcast and TWC don't compete with each other now.

March 21, 2014

Speaking at Cato on IP in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Thoughts on speaking at the Cato Institute on whether intellectual property protections should be part of trade agreements like the TPP.

March 6, 2014

Francis Gurry Wins Reelection at WIPO

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

And that's a good thing.

February 15, 2014

"You Didn't Build That" Comes to Copyright

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

But the mob still lurks out there, demanding that they are a better judge of how the fruit of your labor should be deployed than you are.

February 10, 2014

US Files WTO Complaint Against India's Domestic Content Requirements for Solar Panels

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

It's right for the U.S. to take action to highlight and counter India's strategy, both at the WTO and in other venues.

February 10, 2014

IP is Property Even Though Infringement Doesn't Deprive the Owner of Its Use

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Property is not limited to "that which only can exist in a single, physical, tangible, non-duplicable state."

February 7, 2014

Good Video of a Copyright Discussion

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Back on January 14th, the New York chapter of the Copyright Society hosted a debate between junior law school student Derek Khanna and MPAA Vice President of Legal Affairs Ben Sheffner.

February 7, 2014

A Sad State of Affairs

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Congress cannot legislate because it doesn't have confidence that the President will faithfully execute the laws it passes.

February 5, 2014

The Government Class Makes A Startling Admission

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

“It’s a lot of money. It’s enough for everybody. Folks should make sure everybody is included.” Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th, said.

January 30, 2014

Secondary Ticket Markets In the News

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

It's important to maintain secondary markets for things like event tickets, and to make sure when you buy a ticket, you have the right to resell it.

January 29, 2014

An Exercise in Misdirection

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Obama's theme for the State of the Union address seemed to be "the real state of our union is in our hearts," and it was an attempt to divert attention away from real measurements of how well we're doing, which is pretty awful.

January 14, 2014

No Clear Cut Winner From DC Circuit Net Neutrality Decision

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Everyone spins the results of important court decisions such as this, but the early social media reactions that “Verizon won and the FCC lost” were an uninformed oversimplification.

January 6, 2014

Kim Dotcom Bought His Bling At The Cost Of A Whole Lot of American Jobs

Posted by Tom Giovanetti

Yes, it’s a crime to induce massive copyright infringement. Like most pirates, Kim Dotcom tries to whitewash his crimes, but he’s a career criminal, not a hero.


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