Julian Sanchez

Research fellow Julian Sanchez focuses primarily on issues at the busy intersection of technology, privacy, civil liberties, and new media — but also writes more broadly about political philosophy and social psychology. Before joining Cato, Sanchez served as the Washington Editor for the technology news site Ars Technica, where he covered surveillance, intellectual property, and telecom policy. Prior to that, he was an assistant editor for Reason magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. Sanchez’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Reason, The Guardian, Techdirt, The American Spectator, and Hispanic, among others, and he blogs regularly forThe Economist’s Democracy in America. Sanchez studied philosophy and political science at New York University.


An Introduction

by Julian Sanchez on Nov 3, 2011

Julian Sanchez discusses his perspective and philosphical interests.


Robert Nozick’s Final Interview

by Robert Nozick and Julian Sanchez on Jul 26, 2001

In this final interview before his death in 2002, philosopher Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.

Around the Web

The Psychology of Evil: The Lucifer Effect in Action

featuring Julian Sanchez, Philip Zimbardo, and Will Wilkinson on Jun 12, 2008

Prof. Philip Zimbardo, the conductor of the infamous 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, has become a leading authority on the psychology of evil.

Free Thoughts

Deconstructing the Surveillance State

featuring Julian Sanchez, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Sep 22, 2014

Julian Sanchez joins us for a discussion on privacy, the NSA, and domestic surveillance.

Free Thoughts

Nothing Is Secure

featuring Julian Sanchez, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 19, 2017

Julian Sanchez joins us to talk about online privacy in the era of mass data collection. What kind of data are we creating, and who’s watching us?

Free Thoughts

The CIA Listens to Free Thoughts

featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 25, 2017

Patrick G. Eddington joins us this week to tell us about the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, how the CIA operates, and what the new Wikileaks revelations mean for our privacy online.