1. What made you interested in policy work?
My passion for law, justice, and politics is what drove me to pursue my law degree. Policy was a natural fit for my desire to work aligning the law with justice.
2. Why privacy?
A world without privacy is a world without justice. Without clear boundaries between people, freedom is nonexistent. In a world where all human interaction is public, individuals lose out on necessary elements of personal autonomy.
Emerging technologies are becoming increasingly invasive to the human person. This has drastic implications for public policy and culture. In the midst of rapid cultural change it is essential for those who value freedom to weigh in on matters of grave public concern to ensure a free and just world is preserved for posterity.
3. What philosophy guides your analytic approach to policy?
My work is heavily influenced by the principles of classical liberalism, Christianity, and the philosophical work of the founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson.
The Constitution itself is a masterpiece of political theory and it is rooted in timeless principles that are as applicable today as they were at the time of ratification in 1788. For decades, faithful application of the principles of the Constitution to modern problems has been abandoned. Our nation has suffered greatly as a result. Power has increasingly concentrated into the hands of bureaucrats that were never designed to wield such enormous legal and cultural influence.
My work is rooted in attempts to renew the ideas animating Western Civilization and to restore a faithful application of constitutional principles. This will expand freedom and create the necessary preconditions for a flourishing society.
4. How is your philosophy connected to the privacy problem?
If the branches of government operated as intended by the Constitution, the privacy problem described above would not exist in its current iteration. This is because government's ability to collect information without a warrant would be stymied, and individual behavior across a range of dimensions would be far less heavily regulated by the government, thus freeing markets from the negative effects of strangling regulation.
Solving the problems of excessive executive power, government surveillance, and market regulation would create social conditions more conducive to individual privacy rights.