Jerry Brito


Jerry Brito is executive director of Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. Previously he directed the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and served as adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. His research has focused on technology and Internet policy, copyright, and the regulatory process. Jerry is the recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award and was named one of Washington’s 100 top tech leaders by Washingtonian magazine and to the POLITICO 50 list of D.C. influencers.

Brito hosted Surprisingly Free, a weekly half-hour podcast featuring in-depth discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, academics, and entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, policy, and economics. He also contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading technology-policy blog.

Brito has created several websites to foster transparency and accountability in government, including, which provides an alternative interface to the federal government’s regulatory docketing system. He also co-created the International Telecommunication Union transparency site with fellow Mercatus scholar Eli Dourado.

Brito earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. in political science from Florida International University.