CLI is starting a new special project: the Technology Education Institute.

TEI's mission is to provide background knowledge necessary for choosing appropriate congressional and regulatory policy toward technology-based industry.

Its audience is anyone who is interested, but with a focus on members of Congress and their staffs, personnel of regulatory and executive branch agencies, state legislators and their staffs, and the trade press.

Its mechanisms will be:

  • Site Visits. The military has a tradition called "the Staff Ride," which is a tour of an actual battlefield conducted by an expert who discuses the facts on the ground, the information available to the commanders, and the choices available and made.
    The battlefields of the high-tech age are data centers, communications hubs, research labs, energy facilities, fab plants, and innovation clusters, often of awesome size and complexity. There is no substitute for actually seeing such facilities and learning how they work. TEI will conduct a series of short but intensive tours of such facilities, usually in small groups of six to 12 at a time, starting with those within reach of D.C.
  • Expert Seminars and One-on-One Briefings; Washington has too many panel discussions at which contending interests each get 10 minutes to shout their talking points. TEI will conduct seminars for staff and Members at which one or two experts will take as long as necessary to discuss a key topic with the audience, in thoughtful but practical terms.
  • Conferences. TEI will sponsor high-level conferences that are focused on how to get things done rather than on endless debate. For example, its first conference will be on electromagnetic spectrum. There is universal agreement that more spectrum must be made available to commercial enterprises; the question on the table is how to build a robust secondary market for spectrum.
  • Papers. TEI will produce background papers, selectively. These will be pithy works addressed to the audiences described above – people who already know something about an issue, but need additional information or would profit from a new point of view that is receiving insufficient attention. The objective is to be useful to congressional staffers and trade press by helping them better do their jobs.
  • International. TEI will continue to be actively involved in both the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) and their annual conference as well as the IGF USA  conferences and activities. Additionally, TEI will continue to look to co-sponsor events with ICT policy think tanks outside the US and establish relationships with organizations like CEPS (Center for European Policy Studies) in Brussels  and the Istituto Bruno Leoni in Italy.

TEI will be an autonomous project within CLI. Its President, Founder & Director is Garland T. McCoy, Jr., the former Senior VP of the Progress and Freedom Foundation and former Founder and Chief Development Officer of the Technology Policy Institute.  Its Vice President will be James V. DeLong, who is VP & Senior Analyst of CLI.

TEI will operate within the confines of CLI’s 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit corporation. This status is deliberately chosen to emphasize that TEI’s function is education, not lobbying, and that it is not a channel for anyone’s talking points.

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