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Columnist, Yahoo Tech
I try to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through my reporting, reviewing and analysis. I've done that in multiple channels: a weekly newspaper column and Q&A feature, frequent blog posts, Web chats, tweets, radio and TV interviews, podcasts and public-speaking appearances.
Specialties:Reporting, print and Web writing, consumer technology, tech policy, telecom, personal computing, social media, TV and radio appearances, podcasting, public speaking, photography
Write "The Rules of Tech," a weekly column on tech policy in all its forms for people who don't have DMCA section numbers memorized, and contribute additional posts on such topics as in-flight phone calls, the White House's first Maker Faire and Google I/O.
• Contributor to various online and print news outlets, including Ars Technica, Boing Boing, PCMag.com, The Atlantic Cities, CNNMoney.com, VentureBeat, NowU, PBS NewsHour, Reader's Digest, ReadWriteWeb, The Wirecutter, Washingtonian, IDG, The Magazine, Urban Land, Software Quality Matters and Sulia.
• Connect with thousands of readers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
• Discuss consumer-tech issues on TV, radio, and podcasts, including NBC Nightly News, History's 101 Gadgets That Changed The World, WTTG Fox 5's morning and evening news programs, WJLA ABC 7's evening news show, Al Jazeera, BBC, TV Land's Best Night In, KCRW's To The Point, WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show, WTOP News, TWiT.tv's This Week In Law and PBS's MediaShift.
• Speaker and panel moderator at events hosted by such organizations as SXSW, Google, Tech Policy Summit, Potomac Tech Wire, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, Free Press, Vocus, PR Summit, Edmunds.com, the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, Tech Cocktail, Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, BusinessWire and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Write a freelance tips/Q&A column for USA Today's site that addresses issues with computers, gadgets, Web sites and telecom services once a week; contribute occasional reports from such events as Mobile World Congress.
Reported and wrote about a wide range of technology-policy issues--for instance, patent abuse, privacy, broadband availability, open standards and U.S. competitiveness--for CCIA's Disruptive Competition Project blog.
Researched, reported and wrote on consumer-technology trends for Discovery News; occasional vlog guest.
Wrote a weekly column and hosted a monthly podcast and Web chat digging into technical, economic, social and political issues in the consumer-electronics industry.
• Wrote the weekly Fast Forward column and Help File Q&A columns for the Post's Business section, both popular fixtures that saw widespread publication in other newspapers via the Post's wire service.
• Launched the Post's Faster Forward blog in 2007 (and was its sole contributor until late 2010), posting as often as four times a day on breaking consumer-tech news and liveblogging Apple, Google and Microsoft product introductions.
• Hosted biweekly Web chats on the Post's site that consistently drew large and engaged audiences.
• From 2007 on, wrote a tip-of-the-week e-mail for members of the Post's PostPoints reader-loyalty program.
• Discussed tech topics on Twitter, radio and TV (highlights: NPR's On The Media, WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show, the BBC World Service, MSNBC's Countdown).
• Made appearances before community and business groups such as the Consumer Electronics Association, Free Press, the New America Foundation, the Future of Music Coalition, SF MusicTech, TWTRCON, Computers, Freedom and Privacy to talk about my work.
I wrote a weekly personal-tech column for the Business section of the paper and a newsletter for the Web site, in addition to hosting increasingly popular biweekly Web chats online. I also assigned and edited about a page of review and how-to articles from staff and freelance writers.
I assigned and edited freelance and staff reviews for the Post's Weekend section's consumer-technology page. Wrote features for same while also contributing to numerous other sections of the paper.
I wrote articles and fact-checked and edited reviews for the Post's consumer-tech section Fast Forward (first a monthly magazine, then a weekly page in the Weekend section). Helped launch a weekly e-mail newsletter, one of the first the Post would publish, and unsuccessfully lobbied for the paper to set up a Web page a year before it did. Wrote for any other section that would have me--concert recaps and Web-site writeups for Style, book reviews for Book World, features for Travel, etc.
I sorted mail, delivered faxes, and on the really good days answered the phones on various desks. Eventually graduated to proofreading and screening would-be letters to the editor for the Editorial section for two days a week, then proofreading and writing reviews for the Fast Forward section over the other three days in the week.
I worked on Carnegie's then-quarterly journal, Foreign Policy, where I screened submissions and fact-checked and edited articles.
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