Most Americans live endangered by out-of-control Internet policies. We exist to restore Constitutional accountability to the Internet to shield everyday Americans from being exploited by cybercrime, Internet injustice, and Internet inhumanity.
Restore Us Institute (RUI) is a nonpartisan, research and education, nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring U.S. Constitutional authority and accountabilities to the U.S. Internet to protect people from online harms and crimes.
RUI’s Internet accountability research, public education, and coalition, can provide necessary public accountability for U.S. public policies that deter government, technology, and corporations from protecting the American public from out-of-control, online harms and crimes.
Mission: We restore Internet accountability to protect people from online harm.
Scott Cleland has thirty years of relevant professional expertise in U.S. Internet policy and technology. In 1992-93, he served as Deputy United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the H. W. Bush Administration and received a U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award. From 2002-2014, the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee covering international Internet policy, reappointed him to serve several two-year terms. He has testified under oath before eight different U.S. Congressional subcommittees on communications and Internet issues a total of sixteen times.
As an analyst, entrepreneur, and pioneer in change research, Institutional Investor twice ranked him and his independent investment research firm, The Precursor Group, as the #1 independent communications analyst and investment research provider in the U.S. in 2004 and 2005. From 2002-2005, He also served as the Founding Chairman of the Investorside Research Association of seventy independent research firms, which was the first U.S. financial association to require an ethics policy for membership. From 2006-2018, His Internet policy/competition research and consulting firm Precursor® served Fortune 100 companies. Since 2006, he has written over 2,000 Precursorblogs on Internet policy related issues.
In 1982, Cleland earned a BA in Political Science from Kalamazoo College with Senior Thesis Honors; and served as President of the Student Commission. In 1984, He earned a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas — Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs. In 2000, he was awarded Kalamazoo College’s Distinguished Achievement Award for excellence and achievement in one’s professional field. Full Bio: ScottCleland.com
A Personal Note for Context: Why found RUI with a mission to restore Internet accountability to protect people from online harm? For thirty years I have been a precursor, analyst, and researcher anticipating the implications of Wild West Internet industrial policy. There’s long been a flood of research echoing the utopian notion that the Internet and its absence of government were only positive and not negative. That exposed a dearth of skepticism, watchdogs, and accountability. Thus it has been my passion, focus, and track record to anticipate, discover, and expose Internet-related problems, harms, and wrongdoings, so they could be rectified. For the last five years I have documented and analyzed the Internet’s macro dynamics, risks, and wrongdoings, to discern their root causes, commonalities, and cures. RUI, its mission, and solution are the culmination and fruit of that dedicated research and learning. We can fix this together.
Paul Farrell’s career has provided him with a diverse set of skills developed across several technology-related disciplines. Including: programming, management consulting (Deloitte), enterprise software solution providers, online consumer web (AOL, SVP, 1997-2003), content aggregation and distribution (Moreover, CEO, 2009-2015) and cybersecurity risk quantification solutions for enterprise clients (Nehemiah Security, CEO, 2015-2021). After successfully selling Nehemiah Security, Paul now leads Pater Holdings. Pater’s goal is to invest in and come along side companies to help them flourish.
He has pursued several faith-based initiatives that center on providing people with the ability to flourish. They include: Reset180 (Board Member), an organization that prevents and disrupts modern day slavery while restoring survivors; the DC Dream Center (Advisor) that inspires youth and adults to dare to dream and to equip them to reach their God given potential; and the High Technology Prayer Breakfast (Board Member).
Sue Moye is retired after serving on the staff of McLean Bible Church for over 14 years, most recently as Associate Director of Discipleship. This team of 13 oversaw all adult ministry for a church serving over 10,000 adults. She provided strategic direction for church-wide initiatives as well as overseeing volunteer leadership of 13 community groups, each serving a different demographic of the church. Prior to working for the church, Sue served for 8 years on the staff of Young Life, an international ministry to youth, overseeing teams of volunteers leading area-wide ministry. Sue has also taught Career and Life Planning both at George Mason University and Fairfax County Adult Education. Education: MEd, Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; BA, Political Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL.
Adonis Hoffman, Esq. is a lawyer, business strategist and thought leader with over 30 years of high-level legal, government and international experience in media, communications, public policy and corporate affairs. He is a leading voice on corporate stewardship and integrity, and the author of “Doing Good—the New Rules of Corporate Responsibility, Conscience and Character.”
Mr. Hoffman is CEO of The Advisory Counsel, Co-Founder of the American Social Impact Foundation, and is a member of the Media Institute’s Board of Trustees. From 2013 – 2015 he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor for FCC Commissioner and Interim FCC Chairman Mignon Clyburn. On Capitol Hill, he served counsel and subcommittee staff director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee. From 2000-2010, Hoffman was senior vice president and counsel at the American Association of Advertising Agencies, representing the advertising industry before Congress, the FTC, and federal courts.
Mr. Hoffman is a former Adjunct Professor of Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University. He earned an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the United States Supreme Court.
Dr. Robert Epstein is Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT) and the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he has published 15 books on artificial intelligence, adolescence, and other topics, as well as more than 300 scientific and popular articles, including scientific reports in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
His 2015 report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the “Search Engine Manipulation Effect” (SEME) describes one of the largest effects ever discovered in the behavioral sciences. Dr. Epstein’s research suggests that SEME and a dozen other new methods of online influence he has discovered pose a serious threat to democracy, free speech, and human autonomy. Dr. Epstein has testified before Congress about his research on online manipulation. This research is also featured in the recent documentary film, “The Creepy Line.” A thought leader in the behavioral sciences, Dr. Epstein is typically interviewed by journalists more than 50 times a year. You can learn more about his work at DrRobertEpstein.com or www.aibrt.org.
Bassem Youssef has over twenty-seven years of executive and management experience at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United Nations (UN) in the fields of operational counterterrorism (with a focus on radical Islamic terrorism) counterintelligence, cyber matters, and genocides/crimes against humanity. He was an accredited Legal Attaché to seven Persian Gulf nations; has exceptional foreign liaison experience with prominent high-level government, law enforcement, Intelligence and security officials of Middle Eastern and European nations, and he has engaged in high-level meetings with heads of state of several Gulf nations as the personal representative of the FBI Director. He also has executive counterintelligence policy experience within the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC).
Mr. Youssef is Founder and Managing Director of CBY Group International LLC, which provides investigative, security and private diplomacy services. In 2020, he served as Director of Investigations of the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’Esh/ISL (UNITAD) for genocide and crimes against humanity. Serving in the FBI Counterterrorism Division, he was Chief of the Communications Analysis Unit, and previously Chief of the Digital Media Exploitation (DMX) Unit where he established the infrastructure and procedures of the first ever DMX Unit in the FBI. He has a B.A. from the California State University, Los Angeles and has earned multiple FBI Academy Certifications and FBI commendations.
David M. Dworkin is the 17th president and chief executive officer of the National Housing Conference, the nation’s oldest housing coalition, founded in 1931. Prior to joining NHC in 2018, Mr. Dworkin was a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he advised Treasury Department officials on matters related to housing and community development. He also served as a member of the President Barack Obama’s Detroit interagency team, where his responsibilities included developing and implementing strategies to assist in the City of Detroit’s revitalization.
Previously, he managed the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) at the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund, which disbursed $80 million in grants for economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and nonprofit housing organizations.
Prior to joining the Treasury Department, he was CEO and Founder of Affiniti Strategies, a political consulting firm that assisted clients build political relationship capital. Mr. Dworkin served in a number of leadership positions at Fannie Mae. His service in the administration of President George H.W. Bush included the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Jim Hadley is Founder and CEO of Tiber Solutions, LLC; a professional services company focused on delivering data analytics leadership and solutions to corporations and government agencies. Mr. Hadley has dedicated the past 25 years of his life helping people transform their business using data. He has worked with over 50 organizations, large and small, public and private, representing a wide range of industries including financial services, healthcare, technology, government, energy, education, transportation, and hospitality. Analytics has always been his primary focus and lasting passion. In 2005, Mr. Hadley founded Tiber Solutions to focus on one thing – Data Analytics. Tiber’s mission is to help clients solve their most challenging business problems through the creative use of data.
Prior to founding Tiber Solutions, Mr. Hadley held senior leadership positions at three technology startup companies – Required Technologies, Sagent, and Talus. Mr. Hadley spent the first 8 years of his career at Accenture holding senior consulting and management positions. He has served on eight boards providing leadership to both Christian organizations and technology companies. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Jim and his wife, Katrina, live in Leesburg and have four children.
Ira Brodsky is a veteran tech industry pundit and author with over 30 years of experience in the communications and technology sectors. His columns have appeared in publications including American Thinker, BMJ, Computerworld, Daily Caller, Network World, and TechCrunch. He writes frequently about the opportunities and dangers posed by new technologies, the role of free markets and government regulation, and creativity in technology and science.
Brodsky founded Datacomm Research, a publisher of technology research reports, in 1989. He has been a consultant to companies throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Brodsky has authored four books about the tech industry including Wireless: The Revolution in Personal Telecommunications (Artech House) and The History and Future of Medical Technology (Telescope Books).