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Sean Gallagher

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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 all the cybers. Posts match profile pic. Ex-Navy, Ex-DOD contractor. PGP:https://keybase.io/thepacketrat

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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, ...

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@thepacketrat — 12,410 followers, 23,311 tweets

May 26, 2017

RT @pwnallthethings: Alternative phrasing of same story: Comey was aware of a secret foreign disinfo plot to cast FBI quietly closing Clinton's case as corrupt

May 26, 2017

@nixcraft @Google I wanna say no Firefox ftw but I installed Chromium on both my Linux boxes.

May 26, 2017

@PenguinParty466 @ErrataRob I have Ubuntu on my MacBook Air and love it. But not so much for the networking and the VirtualBox and the aircrack and stuff.

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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.

Awards

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