Jim Harper

Jim Harper is director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute.

Rejecting National ID


Last year, seventeen states passed legislation objecting to the REAL ID Act, a massive national identification program the federal government is trying to foist on the American people through their states’ driver licensing systems. Virginia may soon join those states in the REAL ID rebellion. Today, the Virginia Senate’s Transportation Committee will consider a bill […]

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Thinking Out of the Black Box


New cars offer a delightful array of information and services: satellite radio, intelligent cruise control, braking and steering assistance, navigation systems, and roadside assistance, to name a few. These all appeal to drivers’ desire for safety, convenience, and comfort. But a troublesome feature of most new cars is the Event Data Recorder (“EDR”), or Black […]

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