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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.

August 8, 2019

Digital Piracy Steals Our Opportunity

Copyright piracy is just plain theft. Those who engage in it are greedy criminals stealing the property of others for their own benefit

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January 12, 2018

IP Theft Threatens America's Growing Economy and Great Jobs

We can't tolerate IP theft if we want to create as many high-paying jobs and careers as possible.

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February 23, 2016

Municipal Choke Point on Innovation

Municipalities need to understand and embrace innovation instead of protecting entrenched interests.

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February 6, 2016

The Promise of Smart Cities

To realize the vision of smart cities, we need smart leaders in both the private and public sectors making smart decisions to let go of archaic thinking in order to unleash the potential of innovation.

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January 8, 2016

Internet of Things Will Arrive Faster if Government Stays Its Hand

regulators should sit back and enjoy the wonder of innovation, acting to clear the way rather than obstruct and delay.

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March 6, 2014

One More Reason

So, in the U.S., you are highly taxed if you own a business, if you invest, if you save or if you earn income. And some people wonder why so many struggle to make ends meet?

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July 17, 2013

Copyright Review Must Not Fixate on the Ideological Leading to Economic Harm

Before any changes are made to the current copyright regime law makers must be absolutely sure they understand all of the potential consequences.

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June 7, 2013

The Problem with Software Patents

The problem with the patenting of software must be addressed head on and not allowed to continue to grow, ultimately causing more and more to question the validity of the U.S. patent system.

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May 22, 2013

No IP protections? An economic and security broadside against the U.S.

What would happen if IP protections were eliminated? A Washington Post op-ed describes just some of the havoc.

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May 22, 2013

Special 301 - What's So Special?

If the violators are fairly predictable before the report is released, what is the big deal?  The answer to that is easy.

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March 14, 2013

Less Pirated Material Results in More Sales of Legitimate Product

Going after those who would encourage the spread of pirated materials is also part of the battle to preserve innovation.

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March 7, 2013

The Copyright Legacy of 2013?

Last week the Copyright Alert System (CAS) began operating and once again we have a demonstration of what can be done when interested parties work together to solve a problem.

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February 25, 2013

On the Aaron Swartz Tragedy

A recent tragedy, that of Aaron Swartz, the enormously gifted computer programmer, entrepreneur and activist, has made me again wonder about what could be done to spot the signs before such a horrible act takes place.

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January 30, 2013

Copyright and Innovation? No. Copyright IS innovation.

Appropriate copyright protections are part of a dynamic innovation landscape, those who suggest otherwise bear the burden of proving so. Removing intellectual property protections risks damage to our innovation engine.

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January 18, 2013

Trolling for a Solution to Patent Lawsuits

In the long run we need a patent system that creates an incentive for more innovation. Playing small ball, simply treating the symptoms, will never get us there.

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