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IT Editor — Ars Technica
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IT editor at Ars Technica. Baltimoron. Geek Dad. Tech wisacre. Occasional coder and hardware hacker.

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.

Another Tor router crowdfunding project nixed by Kickstarter — Kickstarter is apparently not the place to go if you're trying to crowdfund privacy hardware. Just days after the Anonabox project, a highly criticized effort to package the Tor privacy protection service into a portable miniature Wi-Fi router, was suspended by the crowdfunding site, another similar project has met its demise-and its founder's account has been deleted.

In wake of Anonabox, more crowdsourced Tor router projects make their pitch — Fundraiser far exceeded expectations, but raised security questions. Last week, Ars reported on the story of Anonabox, an effort by a California developer to create an affordable privacy-protecting device based on the open source OpenWRT wireless router software and the Tor Project's eponymous Internet traffic encryption and anonymization software.

Chinese government launches man-in-middle attack against iCloud —, a group that monitors censorship by the Chinese government's national firewall system (often referred to as the "Great Firewall"), reports that China is using the system as part of a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on users of Apple's iCloud service within the country.

Kickstarter pulls Anonabox, a Tor-enabled router that raised over $585,000 — In the wake of Neal Stephenson's failed Kickstarter game, terms get an update. Kickstarter removed a fundraiser for a popular Tor-based router project on Friday afternoon. The Anonabox, which was created by August Germar, of Chico, California, aimed to be an "open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor."

Opening an Internet time capsule-Internet in a Box for Win95 — A few days ago, my wife messaged me a photo from a thrift shop with the question, "You want?" The picture was of a box of software still in shrinkwrap-SPRY Inc.'s Internet in a Box for Windows 95. The answer was an obvious "OMG YES."

Whisper CTO says tracking “anonymous” users not a big deal, really — On Thursday, the Guardian reported that the developers of Whisper, an social media platform that allows individuals to post anonymous messages that can be seen by others based on a number of factors, isn't all that anonymous after all.

Ghost in the (Bourne Again) Shell: fallout of Shellshock far from over — The long, painful rollout of patches to a security flaw in the Bourne Again Shell (bash) has left thousands of systems still vulnerable, and malware based on the vulnerability continues to spread, according to a number of security experts.

So you named your company “Snappening”… — An Indianapolis-based events planning search engine startup is seeing huge upticks in Web traffic and social media activity this week, attracting thousands of new visitors from over 150 countries-though not because it knocked its marketing goals out of the park.

Developer of hacked Snapchat web app says “Snappening” claims are hoax — Posters to 4Chan's /b/ forum continue to pore over the contents of thousands of images taken by users of the Snapchat messaging service that were recently leaked from a third-party website. Meanwhile, the developer behind that site,, used a Facebook post to say it was hacked because of a misconfigured Apache server.

Guitar hero: Ars builds the Loog, a Kickstarter-funded mini-rocker kit — A little less than a year ago, I backed a Kickstarter project launched by Rafael Atijas, a New York based designer. The project was the Electric Loog, a small, three-string electric guitar designed for children (and adults) to jam with.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @EmilyG: I've written a blog post analyzing the messages I get vs my male co-founder. Turns out I get 4X the harassment.…

Oct 24, 2014

@digiphile @thisisdebasish @google Clearly. I'll be able to explain more in depth on Tuesday.

Oct 24, 2014

@digiphile @thisisdebasish @google I was joking, and because Google won't answer my calls about cloud privacy and security.

Oct 24, 2014

@digiphile @thisisdebasish @google you read too much into a 930 pm tweet I made while writing about the post-Snowden cloud. :D

Oct 24, 2014

@digiphile @thisisdebasish @google TBH no, I haven't. Sort of knee deep in other stuff right now. I would never assign it to malice anyway

Oct 24, 2014

@samfbiddle It's worse than it appears—the FBI explicitly told us not to tell you about the email.

Oct 24, 2014

@jbrodkin It was. And then my sources got back to me today.

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