Archive: Jonathan Hofer

Jonathan Hofer is a research associate at the Independent Institute. He holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has written extensively on both California and national public policy issues. His research interests include privacy law, local surveillance, and the impact of emerging technologies on civil liberties. He is the author of The Pitfalls of Law Enforcement License Plate Readers in California and Safeguards to Protect the Public, COVID in California and Automated License Plate Readers: A Study in Failure, and his articles have appeared in such publications as The Hill, Towards Data Science, Human Events, The American Conservative, Real Clear Education, California Globe, Orange County Register, and The Daily Californian.
Ukrainian CSGO Star’s Plea for Peace
Russia's invasion of Ukraine sees the birth of esports diplomacy
Jonathan Hofer | March 4, 2022
The PATRIOT Act Should Have Ended With Afghanistan
Biden ended Bush’s failed war; he should end Bush’s failed surveillance state, too
Jonathan Hofer | October 12, 2021
Justices Split Van Buren v. US, Leave Gaps in Cyber Law
It is time for the relationship between tech user agreements and cyber law to be clarified
Jonathan Hofer | August 25, 2021
Washington Passes Deficient Facial Recognition Bill
Governor Jay Inslee signs off on controversial surveillance tool amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jonathan Hofer | May 8, 2020
Infection Surveillance in the Name of Public Health
Singapore-Style Disease Surveillance Poses Fourth Amendment Question For Americans
Jonathan Hofer | April 21, 2020
Civil Libertarians Worry that Facial Recognition Tech Is Inaccurate, but Fears May Worsen After It’s Perfected
When a government can flawlessly track individuals, the state becomes efficient at singling out its opponents.
Jonathan Hofer | November 23, 2019
Cities Should Look At Los Angeles’ History of Big Data Policing and Avoid Its Mistakes
Los Angeles adopted a big data policing program without having a proper framework in place first to safeguard liberty.
Jonathan Hofer | November 4, 2019