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Sean Gallagher

Somewhere near Ft. Meade
IT and National Security Editor — Ars Technica
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

ArsTechnica IT/NatSec editor. Covering the cybers, defense, deep tech. Former Navy, ex-DOD contr. PGP: Tweets are my own.

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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, ...

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@wvualphasoldier @BaldingsWorld @hcsteinhardt @HowellONeill Firmware from carrier and carrier locking could be used as a backdoor. Hell, they are already used as a backdoor by definition.
RT @MalwareJake: I predict that in the next year, we'll learn of a new OPM-scale intrusion into a US government network. We'll later…
@drgitlin He does it for free, because confirmation bias.
RT @pwnallthethings: Ugh. Being *still* shadowbanned means I can't search thru my own tweets. Super annoying. @TwitterSupport @Policy
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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.


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.

Jesse H. Neal Award

2003 - Best recurring feature