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Jim Harper is the Bitcoin Foundation’s Global Policy Counsel and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he was director of information policy studies from 2004 to 2014. 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.

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

Commentary

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

United States v. Wurie

Legal Briefs. April 9, 2014.

Riley v. California

Legal Briefs. March 10, 2014.

In re: Electronic Privacy Information Center

Legal Briefs. August 12, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Events