Jun 12 2008
I’m a professional journalist and a computer scientist, fascinated by problems of knowledge and culture. I’ve written for the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Wired as a freelancer. I’m currently the lead the development of the Overview Project open-source document archive analysis system for investigative journalists, a project of the Associated Press and the Knight Foundation. I teach a course in computational journalism at Columbia University. This blog is my personal opinion.
I’ve reported from Hong Kong, Berlin, and San Francisco. I once designed a parallel programming language for Adobe Systems. I’ve helped build more than one huge music-playing interactice fire sculpture. I train in the circus art of aerial rope.
I like to think and write about how journalism is going to have to change in response to the internet, and how the internet can be applied towards greater transparency, increased self-government, and ultimately the happiness and amusement of people worldwide. We’ve got this new thing. We may as well see what we can do with it.