Archives: Bartlett Cleland / Articles

Archives: Bartlett Cleland / Articles

  • Standards are Policy, and They Change the Way We Live image

    Standards are Policy, and They Change the Way We Live

    State legislators are keenly aware of the public policy choices they face every day. They are also well tuned to most of the public policy decisions that are made elsewhere, …

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    An Evidence-Based Market of Ideas

    Those developing public policy related to technology or innovation almost predictably have an interest in science, technology, entrepreneurship, creativity and invention. To craft the right public policy in these areas …

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    Uber Choice for Workers

    Almost a year ago, the Department of Labor published a report on “alternative work arrangements,” which for the most part meant an analysis of the “gig economy.” The gig economy …

  • Free Market Principles Should Not End Where the Innovation Track Begins image

    Free Market Principles Should Not End Where the Innovation Track Begins

    Innovation always has detractors. Innovation inherently involves risk of failure and change. Change is hard, and generally, the status quo is comfortable. Taking a chance on something new, a product, …

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    The Fires of Innovation Under Fire

    The American Legislative Exchange Council is clear in its bias: the organization is dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. These principles work together to provide …

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    Government Should Stay in its Lane on Automated Vehicles

    As Rich States, Poor States (the new 11th edition can be found here) shows, states vary greatly in their fiscal health and operations. Fortunately, many states strive to create …

  • Congress to Stop States from Making Their Own Bets? image

    Congress to Stop States from Making Their Own Bets?

    In 1992, Congress enacted the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that effectively prevented any state from legalizing sports gambling unless the state had already legalized it.

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    States Make Game of Looting Video Games

    Some might recall searching for “pirate treasure” in their youth, hoping to come across an abandoned gold mine brimming with wealth, or even finding a path to candy land. Some …

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    Are You Secure? Really? How Do You Know?

    Homeland security has been top of mind for state legislators for the last several years. Whether discussing and sharing best practices or understanding how to best protect the nation’s students …

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    Is It Time to End “Smart Cities?”

    For years, the talk of the future of connected communities has been centered in “smart cities.” Cloud services, broadband access, the Internet of Things, smart meters, parking apps, smart street …

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    Video Game Violence and the Game Washington Plays

    Almost like clockwork after a tragedy of gun violence, special interests begin pointing fingers. One of the regular targets of such finger pointing is the video game industry. Rather than …

  • The Consumer Electronics Show – The State of Innovation image

    The Consumer Electronics Show – The State of Innovation

    The states are the laboratories of democracy as Justice Brandeis wrote in 1932. They are seen as a proving ground of sorts for public policy, a platform from which the …

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    Center for Innovation and Technology Update – November 2017

    The American Technology Council, started by President Trump, released a draft report in August detailing how to reorganize government to enhance the delivery of …

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    Innovative Policing: Saves Time and Money

    Police forces often face budget challenges and time crunches – little money and more work than time allows. In this environment, technological innovations can come slowly, expensive, difficult to deploy …

  • Innovation Heats Up! And You Can Be Part of It! image

    Innovation Heats Up! And You Can Be Part of It!

    Of the many promises of innovation, no promise likely rises higher than the opportunity to live longer, healthier and more active lives. While advances in entertainment and consumer electronics tend …

  • Getting to the Near Future, and Beyond image

    Getting to the Near Future, and Beyond

    The promise of the world of tomorrow is just an empty promise long held out as being made good. But now we really do stand on the precipice of the …

  • Considering an Innovative Change in Transportation Infrastructure image

    Considering an Innovative Change in Transportation Infrastructure

    We live in an age of unparalleled innovation, with innovation affecting all we do and how we do it. But at the forefront of innovation news, and capturing the imagination …

  • Right to Repair Policies are Government Mandates and will Jeopardize Consumer Privacy image

    Right to Repair Policies are Government Mandates and will Jeopardize Consumer Privacy

    Whether consumers should have the right to repair electronic devices, cars, and other products with a software component is a tough debate. On the one hand, those who support right …

  • Why the Federal GSA Has No Business Competing with the Private Sector image

    Why the Federal GSA Has No Business Competing with the Private Sector

    Over the last couple decades, the steady stream of new information technologies and more general innovations has continued to amaze and delight. With these creations and opportunities appearing broadly in …

  • Out With the Old, in With the New image

    Out With the Old, in With the New

    Sometimes we can overlook what is right in front of us.  Focusing on innovation and casting about for a new topic to illuminate every couple of weeks often leads one …