CEI’s President and CEO Kent Lassman said, “I’ve known Jim for nearly 20 years and found his scholarship to be well-founded and groundbreaking. Jim brings diverse talents and plenty of enthusiasm for the mission of CEI, which will help propel us forward into a changing political climate ripe with opportunity for policy change.”
Prior to joining CEI, Harper spent more than a dozen years at the libertarian 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. Harper also served as counsel to committees in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, is a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and in 2014 he served as Global Policy Counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation. He is the author of Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood, co-editor of the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It, and has written several amicus briefs in Fourth Amendment cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I’m excited to join Kent Lassman and the strong team at CEI,” said Harper. “CEI has been known for decades as an aggressive defender of free markets and personal liberty. I hope to help build on CEI’s strengths, further increasing the quality of CEI’s work, adding new dimensions to CEI’s efforts in technology and information policy, and carrying forward the messages of liberty, free markets, and human development.”