IT editor at Ars Technica. Ex-Navy, Ex-sysadmin, covering the convergence of technology with defense, security, government and society. Plus, sarcasm.
Sean Gallagher's Biography
Ars Technica's IT Editor, overseeing enterprise and general information technology coverage. Over 20 years of tech journalism experience, from test lab to news beats. Winner of two American Society of Business Publication Editors awards and one Neal award. Past positions include Managing Editor, InformationWeek Labs; Technology Editor, Baseline Magazine; Editor-in-Chief of Defense Systems.
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PRISM revelations result in lost business for US cloud companies
Build your own data-stream mining NSA in the cloud with "FunnelCake"
With Larry Barrett, for McBusted—a case study of the failure of McDonalds' attempt to computerize the entire business process of its franchisees right down to how often the fryer oil was changed.
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What was your first job as a journalist?
As a freelancer, I wrote about trade finance. My first full-time gig was as assistant editor for a DC computer newspaper.
How is social media changing news?
It's an ongoing open conversation with sources and readers. It creates transparency.
How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?
We don't take pitched stories very often. I prefer PR people understand Ars before wildly pitching, or I may never have time to respond.