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.
Full Biography and Publications
Authoritarian Governments with Kernel-Level Anti-Cheat Software
The precedent set by Saudi Arabia's questionable record in sports washing, coupled with its alleged involvement in human rights abuses should concern gamers
Jonathan Hofer | December 18, 2023
Oakland’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) Debacle
History of ALPRs in Oakland casts a shadow over the notion that license plate readers are indispensable tools for law enforcement
Jonathan Hofer | August 16, 2023
Unveiling the Mary, Queen of Scots Cipher
A historical prelude to the modern surveillance state
Jonathan Hofer | June 6, 2023
Will the New Impaired Driver Monitoring Requirement Jeopardize Privacy?
Examining the Advanced Technology Mandate in the Infrastructure Act
Jonathan Hofer | December 20, 2022
With SBF Arrested and FTX Underwater, Is it Time for an Overhaul?
What we have here is the failure FTX, not a clear financial regulation failure
Jonathan Hofer | December 14, 2022
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