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IT Editor — Ars Technica
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Covers:  open source, arduino, web development, social networks, car technology, software, defense industry, internet, technology, technology of business, cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, biotech, internet culture, big data, business of technology, hardware hacking, internet of things, networks, information technology, enterprise technology, google, open government
Doesn't Cover: funding rounds

IT editor at Ars Technica. Ex-sysadmin, ex-director of IT strategy, ex-Navy. Currently planning Arduino robot uprising. Posts are my own, not my employer's.

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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American Association of Business Publication Editors National Gold Award

2003 - Case History
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.

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.

DOJ inspector general: reporter’s hacking claims can’t be substantiated — According to a US Department of Justice Inspector General report released today, an investigation "was not able to substantiate the allegations that [Sharyl] Attkisson's computers were subject to remote intrusion by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise." The report was introduced into the Senate record at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

Clinton courting Obama campaign tech team members for 2016 — Orca, the Romney campaign's "killer" app, skips beta and pays the price. As the last presidential campaign showed, having the right technology team may not win elections, but it certainly helps. The Obama campaign's focus on tech startup-style digital talent helped turn it into a fundraising and voter turnout machine, while the Romney campaign's attempts to match them apparently failed spectacularly.

IT vendors cry foul at new Chinese security rules requiring built-in backdoors — Last year, the Chinese government started laying out new rules for technology products used by government agencies and banks, in part as a response to revelations about the National Security Agency's exploitation of Chinese networks.

Amazon goes after Office365 with WorkMail hosted e-mail service — Amazon is preparing to unveil a new cloud-hosted e-mail and calendar service today that will compete directly with Microsoft's Office365 and Google's Apps for Business services. Called WorkMail, the service will be the latest in a series of new offerings that increasingly target end-users rather than service providers and developers.

Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing — In the wake of a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee's late-night drunken mischief with a DJi Phantom 2 consumer quadrocopter drone over White House airspace, President Barack Obama called for new laws to govern the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Campaigning Nominees - Freedom of Expression Awards 2015 - Index on Censorship — Afghan journalist and executive director of the media advocacy group Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar has dedicated himself to helping free and fair journalism grow in his country. Through Nai, Khalvatgar monitors violence against journalists in Afghanistan, offers training and is behind an all-female radio station.

Drunken spy satellite agency employee crashed drone on White House lawn — The curious incident of the drone in the night-time has been made a bit less mysterious today, as the Secret Service revealed new details into their investigation-including a confession by the pilot himself. According to the Secret Service, an unnamed employee of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) claimed responsibility for crashing a remote-controlled quadrocopter into a tree on the grounds of the White House.

Journalism Nominees - Freedom of Expression Awards 2015 - Index on Censorship — Safa Al Ahmad has spent the last three years covertly filming a mass uprising in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province that had, until her film, gone largely unreported. She did this in a country where those accused of dissent can face execution and travelling solo as a female is restricted.

Arts Nominees - Freedom of Expression Awards 2015 - Index on Censorship — Fleeing North Mali after Islamist groups captured the area and imposed strict sharia law banning all secular music, four musicians who met as refugees came together to form the band Songhoy Blues. Calling for an end to the conflict, their music plays to an audience made up of both Songhoys and Tuaregs - two previously feuding North Malian groups now expelled from their homes by insurgent Islamist groups.

Digital Activism — Hungarian journalist Tamás Bodoky founded the investigative news website to promote a free press in Hungary, a country where journalists and news organisations face recently introduced media taxes, a proposed internet tax for citizens, smear campaigns and police-run office raids.
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Jan 30, 2015

@davetroy It's cool, I bought @paulajgal a ticket through MissionTix. @livingsocial apparently oversold. Enjoy India!

Jan 29, 2015

@jaimefilson @3xplo1t2 @tedx problem solved, @paulajgal is now ticket-equipped. (though @livingsocial is still sitting on money for no-tix)

Jan 29, 2015

Hey @davetroy , @paulajgal was going to go to #TEDXBaltimore tomorrow, but apparently @LivingSocial oversold. Who do I express outrage to?

Jan 29, 2015

RT @natedogg213: @thepacketrat @ErrataRob @scrivener50 why do I have the feeling he is now drilling a hole into a cheese block, a la paranoid Rob Lowe.

Jan 29, 2015


Jan 29, 2015

@natedogg213 @erratarob for all I know @scrivener50 *is* being electromagnetically assaulted. Oh, he blocked me now, nevervmind. He's nuts

Jan 29, 2015

@scrivener50 @erratarob I'm a journalist who has covered CYBERCOM and its predecessors, IT and defense for 20+ years. No contractor checks.

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