I’m a freelance journalist and computer scientist, fascinated by problems of knowledge and culture. I’ve written for the New York Times, Associated Press, Foreign Policy, ProPublica, and Wired. I currently the lead the development of the Overview open-source document set analysis system for investigative journalists. 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 interactive 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.