- Senior Research Fellow
Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies, with a particular focus on online child safety and digital privacy. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Forbes, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Thierer is a frequent guest lecturer and has testified numerous times on Capitol Hill.
Thierer has authored or edited seven books on topics ranging from media regulation and child safety to the role of federalism in high-technology markets. He contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading technology-policy blog. Thierer has served on several distinguished online-safety task forces, including Harvard University Law School’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force, and he advises the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force. Previously, Thierer was president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Thierer received his MA in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland and his BA in journalism and political philosophy from Indiana University.