Jim Foster is interested in the intersection of technology and policy with a particular focus on how regulatory frameworks impact on innovation and growth. He is also active on global Internet governance issues, especially as they related to privacy, security and competition policy concerns.
He is a former Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and a founder of the ACCJ Internet Economy Task Force, which supports the US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 and received his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980. He is a former US diplomat and worked as Director of Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Tokyo.