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Cato senior fellow Jim Harper works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age, in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, transparency, and security. From 2004 to 2014, Harper was director of information policy studies at Cato. In 2014 he became a Cato senior fellow and global policy counsel at the Bitcoin Foundation. Harper was an original member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and he co-edited 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 Cato Supreme Court Review, the American University Law Review, the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Harper edited, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, until 2006, and he currently maintains online federal spending resource He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law.

More from Jim Harper


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.

Get over Your ‘Privacy’ Concerns

The New York Times. December 12, 2012.

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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.

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