Adam Thierer is a Senior Fellow and the Director of PFF's Center for Digital Media Freedom (CDMF). As Director of the CDMF, Thierer analyzes public policy developments that impact both the economic and social aspects of the media industry, with a strong focus on First Amendment issues.
Prior to joining PFF in 2005, Adam spent four years at the Cato Institute as Director of Telecommunications Studies, and nine years at The Heritage Foundation as a Fellow in Economic Policy. His work on communications, high-technology, and media policy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, The Economist, Newsweek, and many other newspapers, newsletters, and trade journals. Adam is the author or editor of five books on diverse topics such as intellectual property, mass media regulation, Internet governance and jurisdiction, regulation of network industries, and the role of federalism within high-technology markets.
Before coming to Washington, Adam spent time in London at the Adam Smith Institute where he worked on reform of the British legal system. Mr. Thierer earned his B.A. in journalism and political science at Indiana University, and received his M.A. in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland. In his spare time, Adam also works as a media integration specialist with a small Virginia firm that specializes in "smart home" creation and calibration (i.e., installing fully integrated home audio, video, data, and lighting systems). He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two children.