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For Immediate Release
September 17, 2004

Contact: Jim Harper

(202) 218-4602

http://www.privacilla.org

Privacilla Editor Joins Cato Institute

Harper Will Continue to Edit Privacilla, Expand Repertoire to Full Array of Information Policy Issues

Washington, D.C. Privacilla.org Editor Jim Harper has joined the Cato Institute as Director of Information Policy Studies.

In his new position, he will continue his research and writing on privacy and expand to similar information policy issues, such as cyber-security, online consumer protection, commercial communications, and credit reporting, as well as intellectual property, Internet governance, new technologies, and many others.

"I have long sought to distinguish privacy from the many other important Information Age issues like security, spam, and fair information use," said Harper. "At Cato, I will be able to articulate each of these issues for the benefit of policymakers and the public."

Devoting his full efforts to policy analysis, Harper has shuttered his wildly successful and remunerative consulting firm, which focused on technology, telecommunications, and e-commerce.

Harper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Before starting Privacilla, he served as counsel to committees in both Houses of Congress.

"Regulators are threatening to take the United States off the leading edge in information and digital technology," said Cato Executive Vice President David Boaz. "Jim Harper's background in Internet law and technology, his experience on Capitol Hill, and his foundation in constitutional law make him the ideal person to keep Cato's research both forward-looking and deeply rooted."

Cato will support the Privacilla project, which recently gained 501(c)(3) status. The Cato relationship will allow Harper to devote more time to improving the site as a resource for privacy information.

Privacilla.org (http://www.privacilla.org) is an innovative Web site that captures "privacy" as a public policy issue. Privacilla has been described as a "privacy policy portal" and an "online think-tank."

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