I'm a writer and editor, focused upon how shifts in technology are changing journalism, government and society. I am a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where I collaborate on research and the past, present and future of data-driven journalism. I also contribute a weekly column to TechRepublic. I attended Colby College, graduating with a degree in biology.
In 2013, I was also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010 to 2013, I was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where I covered the
voices, technologies and issues that are changing government,
technology and society.
Along with my correspondence for the O'Reilly Radar, I have
contributed to the National Journal, Forbes, Slate, the Huffington Post,
Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, CBS News' What's Trending, Govloop, Governing
People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and the Atlantic, amongst
others. I have appeared multiple times as an on-air analyst for Al Jazeera English and a guest on the
Kojo Nnamdi show.
I've been a speaker and moderator at conferences in
Washington and beyond, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Alfred University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NIST, Club de Madrid, Cato Institute, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the Social Security Agency, the U.S. National Archives, the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit
and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi,
Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, and the State of the Net, the
Open Government Partnership Annual Conference, In
2011, I was visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute.
Prior to joining O’Reilly, I was the associate editor of
SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where I wrote about how the
laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning
the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic
privacy and cybersecurity.
I'm a native of upstate New York, where I was born on a farm in a county that had more deer than humans. At age 8, I moved to Philadelphia and spent a decade growing up in one of America's great cities, attending Germantown Friends School until 1994. I graduated from Colby College four years later, with a bachelor of arts degree in biology (and a minor in sociology), and then enjoyed living in New England for another decade in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge.
I'd describe myself as a geeky outdoorsman, cyclist, angler and photographer. I'm an unabashed fan of great science fiction and fantasy books, movies and games. I currently live in Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia with my wife, daughter and a growing number of pots, pans and houseplants. When I'm not working or parenting, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, ambitious cooking and good books.
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