I've self-published my writing online ever since I knew what an HTML tag was. Today, I've progressed to writing for some of the most well-respected general interest science and technology publications in the world. I like the balance between news and features, too. I get ideas on the news side that might end up in features later but even the shift in pace itself is a real luxury. Some weeks I'll be chasing down the news cycle while at other times I find myself doing in-depth interviews with world experts or savvy entrepreneurs. It never stops being challenging and I love every minute of it.
For quite a while now it's been clear that technology journalism should go beyond endless gadget reviews. As more and more people express a feeling that their world has changed drastically thanks to the rise of the world wide web and the proliferation of consumer electronics, it's become necessary to go deeper. To get at that nexus between what new technology is and how human beings actually respond to it. How does it affect society? Is it for better or worse? What risks might we be exposed to? And that, in a nutshell, is what I'm constantly compelled to investigate. That's what I write about.
Photo: Kirsty Lucas
The End of Anonymity
26th Oct. 2013, The cover story. A feature about concerns over online anonymity and the scientific research behind self-awareness.
29th Jun. 2013, In this feature I covered the rise of "civic hacking" as a new way to improve municipal services through technology.
Mapping pilgims' body heat to make a safer hajj
4th Dec 2013
Bitcoin flaw could threaten booming currency
6th Nov 2013
Haulin' Data: How Truckers Became the Frontier of Work Surveillance
20th Feb. 2013, A special feature in which I explore the impact of an incoming EOBR mandate on the American trucking industry.
The Quest for Seamless Virtual Reality
26th Jun. 2013, What makes VR feel "real"? Is it all about visuals? It turns out there are a lot of factors - and human senses - to consider.
Whatever Happened to the Phone Phreaks?
18th Nov. 2013, When computer hacking boomed in the 80s and 90s, it looked up to a much older sibling in "phreaking", the act of hacking telephone networks.
Prism and the UK: Nothing to fear?
11th Jun. 2013
SOPA and the day the web got serious
18th Jan. 2012
Breaking free from the net
23rd Mar. 2011
The quest to make encryption accessible to the masses
13th Dec. 2013
I have a good knowledge of the web languages, libraries and software listed below. My journalism skills have been honed since an early age, as I first started writing about digital culture online when I was fourteen. Since then I've actively pursued opportunties to develop my research and writing skills through training as well as on-the-job exerience. These skills are of course indispensible for my work today.
In November 2010 I launched a website called "The Machine Starts". The name came from E. M. Forster's 1909 short story, The Machine Stops. In the story, inhabitants of a dystopian future live within the cells of a giant, subterranean machine that answers to their every whim and connects individuals across a neglected globe. Does that sound like the Internet to you? It does to some. TMS is an effort to document and discuss the role of recent technological change as part of the human experience. For over three years I've written about significant events in digital culture and dealt with topics such as consumerism, technophobia, social network theory and the language of the web. A few examples of popular posts are linked to below.
IRL or it Didn't Happen: Why We Still Dismiss the Digital (24th Jul. 2013)
Malice, Crime and Secret War: How "Cyber" Became the Prefix of Evil (15th Jul. 2013)
"The Wheel of the Devil": On Vine, gifs and the power of the loop (28th Jan. 2013)
How We Started Calling Visual Metaphors "Skeuomorphs" (13th Nov. 2012)
Facebook, the Projected Self and Narcissism (11th Jul. 2011)
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