James has five years experience in public policy and over ten years researching the intersection of information, technology and power. He is a PhD candidate with the School of International Studies and the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden working on a dissertation focused on the tensions between states and internet companies and the relationship to national sovereignty, citizenship and the flow of information. He is an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Previously, James has been a Google Policy Fellow with the Global Network Initiative and a Consortium on Media Policy Studies fellow.
James is also a fellow with X-Lab at the New America Foundation where he researches issues related to the control of communications, digital craftsmanship, and internet freedom. He has worked with the the New America Foundation since 2009 as an analyst and fellow with the Open Technology Institute researching information policy issues including freedom of expression online, intellectual property, spectrum, network neutrality and the digital divide. James bridges developer, activist, and government stakeholders and has given public presentations and advised policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been published in Advances in Computing, Ars Technica, CommLaw Conspectus, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Spectrum, Slate, and the Journal for Information Policy.
James holds an Mssc. from Uppsala University in Sweden, where he researched civil society involvement in information policy and the European ACTA debate, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his work in public policy and academia, James plays drums, banjo, and guitar and is a photographer.