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
We can't tolerate IP theft if we want to create as many high-paying jobs and careers as possible.
Municipalities need to understand and embrace innovation instead of protecting entrenched interests.
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.
regulators should sit back and enjoy the wonder of innovation, acting to clear the way rather than obstruct and delay.
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Before any changes are made to the current copyright regime law makers must be absolutely sure they understand all of the potential consequences.
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.
What would happen if IP protections were eliminated? A Washington Post op-ed describes just some of the havoc.
If the violators are fairly predictable before the report is released, what is the big deal? The answer to that is easy.
Going after those who would encourage the spread of pirated materials is also part of the battle to preserve innovation.
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.
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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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.