Jim Harper

Global Policy Counsel, The Bitcoin Foundation, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Jim Harper became the Global Policy Counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation in March 2014, while serving as a Senior Fellow at Cato. As Global Policy Counsel, Mr. Harper leads efforts to identify political impediments to Bitcoin adoption, and builds confidence in Bitcoin among governments around the world. Prior to his tenure at Cato, Mr. Harper served as counsel to committees in both the U.S. House and Senate, and provided government relations counsel to PayPal, VeriSign, and other companies in tech, telecom and e-commerce. Mr. Harper was an original member of the U.S. 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. Mr. Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Mr. Harper edited, a web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, until 2006, and he currently maintains online federal spending resource

Mr. Harper is a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation, and has been informally advising the foundation for some time.

Mr. Harper holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law.

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Publications and Multimedia
Bitcoin: Commerce, Government and Security - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
May 12, 2014
The NSA Telephone Metadata Program - Event Audio/Video
The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium
March 04, 2014