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Jim Harper is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, working to adapt law and policy to the information age in areas such as privacy, cybersecurity, telecommunications, intellectual property, counterterrorism, government transparency, and digital currency. A former counsel to committees in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, he went on to represent companies such as PayPal, ICO-Teledesic, DigitalGlobe, and Verisign, and in 2014 he served as Global Policy Counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation.

A founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Harper co-edited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy is Failing and How to Fix It. He has written several amicus briefs in Fourth Amendment cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is the author of Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. He has been cited by numerous print, Internet, and television media outlets, and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and other leading publications. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Harper holds a JD from the University of California – Hastings College of Law.

More from Jim Harper


The Stupidity of the American Voter

Orange County Register. November 14, 2014.

Officials Need to Come Clean on NSA Surveillance Activities

Daily Caller. June 6, 2013.

E-Verify Wrong for America

The Hill (Online). May 23, 2013.

Cato Studies

Public Filings

Draft Model Regulatory Framework for Digital Currency Regulatory Regimes

Public Comments. February 9, 2015.

City of Los Angeles v. Patel

Legal Briefs. January 30, 2015.

United States v. Wurie

Legal Briefs. April 9, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals