As director of information policy studies, Jim Harper works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, and security. Harper was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and he recently coedited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It.
He has been cited and quoted by numerous print, Internet, and television media outlets, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper wrote Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. He is the editor of Privacilla.org, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, and he maintains the online federal spending resource WashingtonWatch.com.
Harper holds a JD from the University of California–Hastings College of Law.