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Timothy B. Lee was a staff writer and later adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He covers tech policy for Ars Technica and blogs at He has written extensively about copyright and patent law, civil liberties, online privacy, and network neutrality regulation. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Slate,, and Reason magazine. While earning his master’s degree in computer science at Princeton, he was the co-author of RECAP, a software project that promotes public access to federal court records.

More from Timothy B. Lee


Aaron Swartz, American Hero

Washington Post. January 13, 2013.

Inflation Isn’t the Point of Monetary Easing May 2, 2012.

Why Inflation Isn’t a Moral Issue April 14, 2012.

Cato Studies

The Case against Literary (and Software) Patents

TechKnowledge No. 125. August 28, 2009.

The Durable Internet: Preserving Network Neutrality without Regulation

Policy Analysis No. 626. November 12, 2008.

Bring Appellate Competition Back to Patent Law

TechKnowledge No. 118. July 28, 2008.

Public Filings

Mayo v. Prometheus Labs

Legal Briefs. September 9, 2011.