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Nova Spivack (born June 5, 1969) is a technology entrepreneur. Presently CEO of Bottlenose, a new startup that provides social search, listening and analytics tools for marketers. He is also a co-founder and investor in several other ventures, including Live Matrix, which was sold to OVGuide in 2012, The Daily Dot which provides an online newspaper about Web culture, and StreamGlider which is making a new mobile media dashboard. He is also the first outside investor in Klout, which measures social influence. Spivack is an active angel investor and advisor to startups including Cambrian Genomics, Sensentia, Publish This, Chronos Trading and Energy Magnification Corporation. He is on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation which provides Common Crawl, a free and open 5 billion page search index of the Web. Spivack was founder and CEO of Radar Networks, the makers of Twine.com and is considered a leading pioneer in semantic web technology.
In 1994 he co-founded EarthWeb, Inc., one of the first Internet companies. He founded Lucid Ventures in 2001 and the semantic web venture Radar Networks in 2003.
Nova Spivack writes about the future of the Internet and topics
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (/ˈmɑrkoʊs muːˈliːtsəs/; born September 11, 1971), often known by his username and former military nickname "Kos" (kōz), is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics in the United States. He is also a weekly columnist at the Washington, D.C. newspaper, The Hill, and a contributing columnist at Newsweek.
Moulitsas currently resides in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.
Moulitsas was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Salvadorian mother and Greek father. He moved with his family to El Salvador in 1976, but later returned to the Chicago area in 1980 after his family fled threats placed on their lives by communist insurgents during the Salvadoran Civil War. As an adult, he has recounted his memories of the civil war, including an incident that occurred when he was 8 years old, in which he saw communist guerrillas murdering students who had been accused of collaborating with the government.
After graduating from Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992. He completed training at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma and fulfilled his three-year enlistment
Steve Rubel is a public relations executive and professional blogger. While with the firm CooperKatz & Co., he advised clients on using blogs in their business strategy and started his own blog, Micro Persuasion, in 2004. The focus of his blog is the effect of blogging on the public relations industry.
Rubel moved to the Edelman public relations firm in February 2006, to help it use blogs more effectively. The firm later came under criticism when one of its clients, Wal-Mart, helped pay for a couple to blog their cross-country RV trip on which they parked at local Wal-Marts. The blog, "Wal-Marting Across America", was quite favorable towards Wal-Mart, but the extent of the financial support was not fully disclosed (any RV can park overnight for free at Wal-Mart, but the company also paid for renting the couple's RV, along with gas and other fees). As the firm's blogging expert, Rubel was a focus of some of the criticism, but he said he was not personally involved in the project.
Paul Soglin (born April 22, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin.
Soglin was raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He graduated from Highland Park High School and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1966 and, in 1972, a law degree from the university's law school.
While a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin–Madison History Department, Soglin was first elected to Madison's Common Council in 1968. He was re-elected in 1970, and 1972. The following year, he ran for mayor of Madison and was elected.
In May 1969, Soglin, while representing the Eighth Ward, was twice arrested at the first infamous Mifflin Street Block Party. Soglin was tried and found guilty of "Failing to Obey the Lawful Order of a Police Officer." The charge from the second day, "Unlawful Assembly," was thrown out by a federal court. The following fall he enrolled in law school.
He served as mayor of Madison for three terms from 1973 to 1979. In 1979 he became a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. After serving for nearly a decade as a lawyer in Madison, Soglin returned to office in 1989, serving
Aaron Gleeman is the Senior Baseball Editor at Rotoworld and owner of a popular blog, aarongleeman.com. He also currently writes for Rotoworld and NBC Sports. He was the co-founder and main operator of the baseball statistics website, The Hardball Times before leaving to write for NBC Sports. In 2006, Gleeman was featured in a short profile in Sports Illustrated.
Gleeman is a graduate of Highland Park High School in St. Paul, MN. After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota as a journalism major. However, the Minnesota Daily did not hire him as a staff writer, despite annual attempts (although they did give him one freelance story which ran on the Daily website) and Gleeman eventually dropped out of the University without obtaining his degree.
On November 25, 2003, Gleeman used his blog to introduce a new statistic called Gleeman Production Average. The name was later changed to Gross Production Average to make it more palatable. The formula is
where OBP is on-base percentage and SLG is slugging percentage. The result is a number that resembles a batting average but reflects the player's ability to avoid outs and hit for power.
Rob Bryanton is a Canadian author, composer, and sound designer. He lives and works in his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is the author and creator of the book and website, Imagining the Tenth Dimension.
Bryanton has composed soundtracks to a number of Canadian TV episodes, and has been nominated for 10 Gemini Awards, mostly shared with several other composers . Since 1995, Bryanton has been a co-owner of Talking Dog Studios. Bryanton was once the president of the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association
In July 2006, Bryanton published a book about a "new way of thinking about time and space", called Imagining the Tenth Dimension. It equates time, parallel universes, and the omniverse with Euclidean geometry. Bryanton continues to elaborate on his ideas in a video blog project of the same name.
The initial animation describing ideas from the first chapter of Bryanton's book grew to become a popular viral video after being posted to YouTube in 2007.
Some experts see Bryanton's hypothesis of ten dimensions as speculative or philosophical, lacking mathematical explanation. Bryanton insists his theories are simply a more intuitive explanation for the mathematics of
Beau Gunderson was one of two 2004 Washington state 5th legislative district Libertarian Party candidates for the United States House of Representatives.
Gunderson was born in Bellevue, Washington. His residence at the time was Fall City in legislative district 5 of Washington state where he had his candidacy.
The 5th legislative district in Washington state had no Libertarian Party candidates for the two House of Representatives positions at the time of Washington state's primary election. Stepping up in the absence of such runners, Gunderson and Keith Kemp decided to run for those positions. Making the requisite 1% in the primary, the two were on the general election ballot for November 2, 2004. Running mate Keith Kemp is also one of two 2004 Washington state 5th legislative district Libertarian Party House of Representatives candidates.
Jeff Jarvis (born July 15, 1954) is an American journalist. Previously he was a television critic for TV Guide and People magazine, creator of Entertainment Weekly, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner.
Jarvis was president and creative director of Advance Internet, the online arm of Advance Publications. He currently consults for Advance Internet. He has also consulted for the New York Times Company at About.com, where he worked on content development and strategy. In 2006 he became an associate professor at City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, directing its new media program. He has a fortnightly column in the MediaGuardian supplement of the British newspaper The Guardian.
In 1974 Jarvis was an undergraduate at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University when he was hired by the Chicago Tribune. Jarvis first began his career in journalism writing for the Addison Herald-Register, a weekly newspaper, in 1972.
He was one of the first to report on the aftermath at the World Trade Center attacks, having just arrived on the last train from New Jersey as the first plane
Lance Ulanoff is an American tech and social media commentator. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of PCMag.com and PC Magazine and SVP of Content for PCMag Digital Network, and is now editor-in-chief at Mashable.com. He appears as guest on US TV and radio shows. He has spent nearly two decades in the computer technology publishing industry. Previously, he edited PCMag.com, the website for PC Magazine. Ulanoff also writes an award-winning and popular column for the website.
Ulanoff went to Hofstra University and started his journalism career as a newspaper reporter on Long Island. In 1996, Ulanoff became the online editor at popular computing magazine, HomePC, and whilst there launched AskDrPC.com and KidRaves.com. In 1998 he was appointed by Windows Magazine as their online version's senior editor. Winmag.com drew 6,000,000 page hits a month, and was the runner-up in the Computer Press Association's "Best Overall Website" category. In August 1999 Ulanoff moved to Deja.com as producer for the Computing and Consumer Electronics channels, and was named senior director for content. In November 2000, PC Magazine rehired Ulanoff; their website was relaunched in July 2001. It won an ASBPE in
Michael Tippett (born February 23, 1970) is an entrepreneur, columnist and educator. He was the original founder of NowPublic which is one of the pioneers in citizen journalism and quickly becoming one of the largest news agencies in the world. In 2009 the site was nominated for an Emmy in Advanced Technology. In August 2009 NowPublic was acquired by billionaire, Phillip Anschutz for a reported 25 million dollars . In 2009, Tippett was recognized by the British Columbia New Media Association with an award for visionary leadership.
Prior to his involvement in NowPublic, Tippett was the Director of Marketing for Afternic.com. Afternic was acquired by Register.com for $60 million dollars in 2001. At Register Tippett was the Director of Channel Marketing for the company and then General Manager for one of The Company's five divisions.
He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the brother of Jonathan Tippett of the Mondo Spider and is also related to Michael Tippett, the composer.
Tippett is a member of the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism Advisory Board, The Capilano University, Advisory Committee and is also a board member of CABINET, a
Grant Lawrence (born July 30, 1971) is a veteran Canadian radio personality and writer based in Vancouver. He is a host on CBC Radio 3, a Sirius Satellite Radio channel which emphasizes new independent Canadian music. As of summer 2012, he is also the host of The Wildside, a weekly half hour program on CBC Radio One that shares stories of life in Canada's great outdoors. Grant was also the vocalist for the indie rock group The Smugglers.
In addition to his regular shifts on Radio 3 itself, Lawrence was the host of Radio 3's Saturday night program on the CBC Radio 2 network until March 17, 2007, when that program was discontinued. He is also regular host of the service's weekly podcast, which is the most widely downloaded Canadian podcast on the Internet as of 2006. Spin magazine dubbed it the best podcast in Canada. In 2012, he also hosted the summer series The Wild Side on CBC Radio One.
Lawrence began his association with the CBC in the 1990s, filing stories about life on tour with the Smugglers for David Wisdom's show Nightlines. When Nightlines ended in 1997, Wisdom and Leora Kornfeld, the former host of Realtime, went on to host the new series RadioSonic. Lawrence initially
Chantal Hébert OC (born April 24, 1954) is a Canadian columnist and political commentator.
Hébert was born in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the eldest of 5 children. In 1966 her family moved to Toronto where the 12-year-old was enrolled in École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-de-Charbonnel. She then attended Ontario's first francophone high school, École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé. After high school, Hébert obtained a B.A. degree in 1976 in Political science from the bilingual Glendon College of York University. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Hébert began her media career in 1975 at the regional television and radio newsroom of the French language Radio-Canada facility in Toronto. She eventually became their reporter covering provincial politics at Queen's Park. After Radio-Canada appointed Hébert to cover federal politics on Parliament Hill, she worked as bureau chief for Montreal's Le Devoir and La Presse. Widely respected for her straightforward and factual approach to political issues, she has written columns appearing in the London Free Press, the Ottawa Citizen and the National Post and currently in Le Devoir and the Toronto Star.
Cory Efram Doctorow (/ˈkɒri ˈdɒktəroʊ/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.
Born in Toronto, Canada, to Trotskyist teachers, Doctorow's parents were "techno-utopians" and "sort of quasi-doctrinaire Trotskyist school teachers" His father was born in a refugee camp in Azerbaijan, and Doctorow became involved with nuclear disarmament activism and as a Greenpeace campaigner as a child. He received his high school diploma from the SEED School, an anarchistic "free school" in Toronto, and attended four universities without attaining a degree. He later served on the board of directors for the Grindstone Island Co-operative in Big Rideau Lake in Ontario.
In 1992, Doctorow went on a volunteer visit to Costa Rica with Youth Challenge International (YCI), which he found "profoundly good and profoundly enriching". In June 1999,
Jeff Fry is a lead software test engineer for Freebase.com at Google, serves on the board of directors for the Association for Software Testing, and blogs about testing at http://testingjeff.wordpress.com/
Jessamyn Charity West (born September 5, 1968) is an American librarian and blogger, best known as the creator of librarian.net and for her unconventional views of her profession. She is a former member of the American Library Association Council, and is a moderator on MetaFilter.
West grew up in Massachusetts, where her father, computer engineer Tom West, worked for RCA and Data General. (He was the key figure in the 1981 Tracy Kidder book The Soul of a New Machine.) She may be named after the author Jessamyn West (according to her parents, a "coincidence"), and as a child corresponded with her. She is also the niece of actor Peter Coyote.
She graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst and moved to Seattle in 1990. In 1995, she went to Cluj-Napoca in Romania, where she ran a library for the Freedom Forum. After returning to the U.S. she completed graduate work at the University of Washington for a Master of Librarianship degree.
She has lived in Vermont since 2003. She works as a freelance library consultant, mainly in Orange County, Vermont, focusing on helping libraries with technology. She is a paid employee and moderator for the group blog MetaFilter, and answers as many as
Mark Bittman (born c.1950) is an American food journalist and author. He is a columnist for The New York Times.
Bittman is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School Class of 1967 and of Clark University.
Bittman is a prolific author on the topic of food and cooking. Three of his books, including Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef, have been given the IACP/Julia Child and/or James Beard awards.
Bittman published his book Leafy Greens in 1995, How to Cook Everything in 1998, Fish - The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking in 1999 and Simple to Spectacular in 2000.
In 2005 he published the book, The Best Recipes in the World and Bittman Takes On America's Chefs and hosted the Public Television series Bittman Takes on America's Chefs which won the James Beard Award for best cooking series.
In 2007 he published How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and created the film "What's wrong with what we eat?"
Bittman appeared with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali, in a PBS series called Spain... on the road Again in 2008.
In 2009 Bittman published the book Food Matters on food related topics such as environmental challenges, lifestyle diseases, overproduction and over consumption of meat and simple
Matthew Frederick Robert Good (born June 29, 1971) is a Canadian rock musician. He was the lead singer for the Matthew Good Band, one of Canada's most successful alternative rock bands in the 1990s, before dissolving the band in 2002. Other band members included drummer Ian Browne, guitarist/keyboardist Dave Genn, and original bassist Geoff Lloyd, later replaced by Rich Priske. In the years since the Matthew Good Band's disbanding, Good has pursued a solo career and established himself as a political activist and blogger. He is also credited with coining the phrase first world problems.
Good's early career in music involved a variety of folk demos and a stint as the lead singer of a folk band, the Rodchester Kings. Matthew Good and guitarist Simon Woodcock were discovered at an open mic at Simon Fraser University by manager Brent Christensen. Early Rodchester Kings demos were recorded at Fragrant Time Records in Burnaby by Greg Wasmuth and Steven Codling.
In late 1993, Good recorded a short demo tape called "Euphony", which featured acoustic songs like "Mercy Misses You", "Heather's Like Sunday", and the title track "Euphony". In 1994, he won a prize from 99.3 The Fox's Seeds
Simon Willison is a programmer and co-founder of the social conference directory Lanyrd. Originating from the UK, he is also a consultant on OpenID and client- and server-side Web development, a frequent public speaker and a co-creator of the Django Web framework. Before going freelance, Simon worked on Yahoo!'s Technology Development team and on very early versions of the Fire Eagle geolocation service, and prior to that at the Lawrence Journal-World, an award winning local newspaper in Kansas.
Simon Willison was hired on 2008 by the UK newspaper The Guardian to work as a software architect.
In late 2010 he launched the social conference directory Lanyrd with his wife and co-founder, Natalie Downe. They received funding from Y Combinator in early 2011.
Mercedes Allen is a bisexual transsexual in a lesbian relationship. She has done written advocacy for the GLB, Native, HIV and Leather communities, as well as sex trade workers and Intersex people, but has focused most of her energies on the transgender community, where she has found the greatest need and fewest voices. Located in Southern Alberta, Canada, she started AlbertaTrans.org as a network to help foster and support the Edmonton, Calgary and rural communities within the province, as well as to provide information and training where requested. She is also interested in developing a wider Canadian network in the future. In her spare time, she works an 11-hour a day job.
William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre. Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome" (1982) and later popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). In envisaging cyberspace, Gibson created an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the World Wide Web.
Having changed residence frequently with his family as a child, Gibson became a shy, ungainly teenager who often read science fiction. After spending his adolescence at a private boarding school in Arizona, Gibson evaded the draft during the Vietnam War by emigrating to Canada in 1968, where he became immersed in the counterculture and after settling in Vancouver eventually became a full-time writer. He retains dual citizenship. Gibson's early works are bleak, noir near-future stories about the effect of cybernetics and computer networks on
Dave Shea is a Canadian web designer and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web.
He is known for his work in web-standard development—from his design community project CSS Zen Garden to his active contributions at the Web Standards Project (WaSP). Shea is also a writer “for a large global audience of web designers and developers on his popular weblog, Mezzoblue” and is the founder and creative director of Bright Creative in Vancouver, BC.
Along with co-authoring his own book with Molly E. Holzschlag, Shea has contributed to online magazines Digital Web Magazine and A List Apart. His web work has been featured in publications such as Page Magazine, Stylesheet Stylebook, Linux Format Magazine, PIXELmag, and DMXZone
Michael Ruse, FRSC (born June 21, 1940 in Birmingham, England) is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the creation-evolution controversy and the demarcation problem in science. Ruse currently teaches at Florida State University. He was born in England, took his undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol (1962), his master's degree at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (1964), and Ph.D. at the University of Bristol (1970).
Ruse taught at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada for 35 years. Since his retirement from Guelph, he has taught at Florida State University and is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy (2000–present). In 1986, he was elected as a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Bergen, Norway (1990), McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (2003) and most recently the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (2007). He considers himself both an atheist and agnostic, but believes that "new
Dave Winer (born May 2, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City. Winer is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management, and web services, as well as blogging and podcasting. He is the founder of the software companies Living Videotext and Userland Software, a former contributing editor for the Web magazine HotWired, the author of the Scripting News weblog, a former research fellow at Harvard Law School, and current visiting scholar at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Winer was born on May 2, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Eve Winer, Ph.D., a school psychologist, and Leon Winer, Ph.D., a former professor of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business who died October 3, 2009. Winer is also the grandnephew of German novelist Arno Schmidt and a relative of Hedy Lamarr. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1972. Winer received a BA in Mathematics from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1976. In 1978 he received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In 1979 Dave Winer became an employee of
Ryan Block (born June 25, 1982) is a technology journalist and critic. He was the editor-in-chief of AOL’s Engadget before he co-founded the popular community site gdgt.
Originally from southern California, he moved to Jersey City, New Jersey in 2001, but only lived there for two or three months while he was looking for a place to live in New York. He then lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for several years.
Block joined technology news website Engadget as a part-time reporter in June 2004, and started full time in June 2005. He went on to replace the site's creator Peter Rojas as editor-in-chief in 2007. On May 16, 2007, Block posted a leaked internal email from Apple in which it was revealed that the iPhone and Mac OS X Leopard would both be delayed. The email was later confirmed as fake by Apple PR, but it was reported that its posting by Engadget took $4 billion off Apple's market cap. Block has since noted that the approximate $4b market cap drop was almost immediately pushed back up after he posted that the email was forged.
In July 2008 Block posted on Engadget that he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief to create a new company, leaving then Associate Editor Joshua
Dean Barnett (July 13, 1967 – October 27, 2008) was an American columnist and blogger and occasional fill-in radio host for Hugh Hewitt.
Barnett was born in Boston and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in government, and a J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1992.
Barnett ran for state representative from Newton as a Republican in 1992, and later started a legal recruiting company. In January 1994 Barnett was one of the first volunteers for Mitt Romney's Senate campaign, during which Barnett often drove Romney to campaign events. Barnett was a declared supporter of Romney's 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
In 2004, Barnett created SoxBlog, a weblog focused on conservative politics, social issues, golf and the Boston Red Sox. Barnett's popularity led radio talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt to invite him on as co-blogger, which he did until joining the Weekly Standard in 2007.
Barnett was known for his thick Boston accent (earning him the nickname "Chowdah") when he filled in on Hewitt's radio show. Barnett's writings appeared in National Review Online, the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Derek Zumsteg is an American sports writer and blogger.
Zumsteg is a co-creator and writer for the sports blog U.S.S. Mariner dedicated to the Seattle Mariners as well as a former contributing author of the baseball publication Baseball Prospectus. His first book The Cheater's Guide to Baseball was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2007.
A graduate of Clarion West, Zumsteg currently lives in Washington.
Meg Hourihan is the cofounder of Pyra Labs, the company that launched the Blogger personal blogging software that was acquired by Google. She published weblogs at Megnut.com and meg.hourihan.com. She co-founded Kinja along with Nick Denton of Gawker Media.
She is the co-author of We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs (ISBN 0-7645-4962-6), and a frequent speaker at technical conferences concerning online journalism and the role of women in technology. In 2003, she was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. PC Magazine named Evan Williams, Paul Bausch, and Hourihan — the Blogger team — as People of the Year in 2004.
She was a member of the RSS Advisory Board from 2006 to 2007.
Hourihan married fellow blogger Jason Kottke on March 25, 2006. Their son, Ollie, was born on July 3, 2007. Their daughter, Minna, was born September 21, 2009.
David P. Barash (1946 – ) is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and is notable for books on Human aggression, Peace Studies, and the sexual behavior of animals and people. He has written approximately 30 books in total. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Ph.D. in zoology from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1970. He taught at the State University of New York at Oneonta, and then accepted a permanent position at the University of Washington.
His book Natural Selections: selfish altruists, honest liars and other realities of evolution is based on articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and published in 2007 by Bellevue Literary Press. Immediately before that was Madame Bovary's Ovaries: a Darwinian look at literature, a popular but serious presentation of Darwinian literary criticism, jointly written with his daughter, Nanelle Rose Barash. He has also written over 230 scholarly articles and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, along with many other honors.
In 2008, a second edition of the textbook Peace and Conflict Studies co-authored
Dick Clarence Hardt (May 28, 1963) is the founder and CEO of Sxip Identity. He is an advocate of Identity 2.0.
Hardt has spoken at tech events such as Web 2.0, Supernova, Digital ID World, ETech, OSCON, PICNIC, International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007), ISOC, Anti-Phishing Working Group, at New York University (NYU), Harvard and many other locales. He's been interviewed extensively and has been cited in numerous publications including Wired.
Prior to Sxip, Hardt founded ActiveState in 1997. Under his leadership as CEO, ActiveState became a leader in tools for open source programming languages and anti-spam software and was acquired by UK-based security company, Sophos, in 2003 for $23 million.
Hardt claims to have made the original port of the Perl programming language to Windows in the mid-1990s, which was highly controversial in the open source community. In 1999, ActiveState signed a contract to add features previously missing from Windows ports of Perl.
On December 9, 2008 Hardt announced that he was joining Microsoft as a Partner Architect and will be working on consumer, enterprise and government identity problems. While at Microsoft he would continue to be on the
Jay Rosen (born May 5, 1956 in Buffalo, New York) is a media critic, a writer, and a professor of journalism at New York University.
Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986; from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department.
He has been one of the earliest advocates and supporters of citizen journalism, encouraging the press to take a more active interest in citizenship, improving public debate, and enhancing life. His book about the subject, What Are Journalists For? was published in 1999. Rosen is often described in the media as an intellectual leader of the movement of public journalism.
Rosen writes frequently about issues in journalism and developments in the media. Media criticism and other articles by Rosen have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Salon.com, Harper's Magazine, and The Nation.
He runs his own weblog called PressThink, which concentrates on what's happening to journalism in the age of the Net. His writing for the weblog won the Reporters Without Borders Freedom Blog award in 2005. He is also a semi-regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Rosen currently resides in New York City.
In July 2006, he
Timothy William Bray (born June 21, 1955) is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur. He co-founded Open Text Corporation and Antarctica Systems. Bray was also one of the main authors of the original XML specification . Bray was Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems from early 2004 to early 2010. Since then he has served as a Developer Advocate at Google, focusing on Android and then on Identity.
Bray was born on June 21, 1955 in Alberta, Canada. He grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science (double major in Mathematics and Computer Science) from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. Tim described his switch of focus from Math to Computer Science this way: "In math I’d worked like a dog for my Cs, but in CS I worked much less for As—and learned that you got paid well for doing it."
In June 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Guelph.
Fresh out of university, Bray joined Digital Equipment Corporation in Toronto as a software specialist. In 1983, Bray left DEC for Microtel Pacific Research. He joined the New Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo in 1987 as its
Xeni Jardin ( /ˈʃɛni ʒɑrˈdæn/ SHEN-ee zhar-DAN; b. 1970) is an American weblogger, digital media commentator, and tech culture journalist. She is known for her position as co-editor of the collaborative weblog Boing Boing, as a contributor to Wired magazine and Wired News, and as a correspondent for the National Public Radio show Day to Day. She has also worked as a guest technology news commentator for television networks such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ABC.
Jardin was born in Richmond, Virginia, on August 5, 1970. Her father, artist Glenn B. Hamm Jr., died in August 1980 of ALS. She left home at age 14, but remained in school in Richmond. Her brother, Carl M. Hamm, retained their family name, and is a Richmond, Virginia-based disc jockey, who performs under the stage name "DJ Carlito". Meanwhile, Jardin prefers the name "Xeni Jardin" over her given name, for personal reasons. "Xeni" is short for "Xeniflores," a word with origins in Guatemala's native culture, meaning "protector of flowers," while "jardin" is the Spanish and French word for "garden." Prior to becoming a journalist, she was site editor for travel agency Traveltrust, then Supervisor of Enterprise Web Technology for
Paul Wells (born 1966) is a Canadian journalist and pundit, currently working as a columnist for Maclean's. His column previously appeared in the back page slot famously occupied for many years by Allan Fotheringham, but is now kept at the front of the magazine with other columns.
Wells was born in Sarnia, Ontario, the son of Eleanor and Allen Rollins Wells. He attended Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School where he played trumpet in the school's jazz band and captained a winning Reach for the Top team. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1989 with a BA in political science. While at UWO, Wells spent a lot of his time working on The Gazette, the undergraduate student newspaper, where he was news editor. After graduation, he landed an internship at the Montreal Gazette. Midway through his tenure there, Wells took a year off and moved to France to study politics and improve his French, hoping that this would help him move to the political beat.
In 1994 the Gazette assigned Wells to Ottawa as a political columnist. His work for the Gazette and his occasional pieces in Saturday Night magazine during this period brought him to the attention of editors
Bradley M. Kuhn (born 1973) is a free software activist from the United States.
Kuhn is currently Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Until 2010 he was the FLOSS Community Liaison and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). He previously served as the Executive Director of Free Software Foundation (FSF) from 2001 until March 2005. He was elected to the FSF's board of directors in March 2010.
He is best known for his efforts in GPL enforcement, both at FSF and SFLC, as the creator of FSF's license list, and as original author of the Affero General Public License. He has long been a proponent for non-profit structures for FLOSS development, and leads efforts in this direction through the Software Freedom Conservancy. He is a recipient of the 2012 O'Reilly Open Source Award.
Kuhn attended Loyola Blakefield, followed by Loyola College in Maryland, graduating in May 1995 with a summa cum laude Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Kuhn attended graduate school in Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati. His graduate adviser was John Franco. Kuhn received a USENIX student grant scholarship for his thesis work., which focused on
Claudio Bergamini is a company founder, a project manager, a technical architect and a consultant with over twenty years experience encompassing a wide range of tools, languages and environments, focussing primarily on Enterprise Architectures, Semantic Web technologies and Internet.
Fred Wilson (born August 20, 1961) is a New York-based venture capitalist and blogger. Due to his successful investment track record and community involvement, he is recognized as a leading voice of the venture capital finance community. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in Web 2.0 companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga and 10gen.
In 1996, Wilson co-founded Flatiron Partners with his partner Jerry Colonna. Flatiron, named after the Flatiron District, became a successful, primarily follow-on investment fund in the New York City area, with investments in notable Dot-com bubble successes and failures including Alacra, comScore Networks, Yoyodyne, Geocities, Kozmo.com, New York Times Digital, PlanetOut, Return Path, Scout electromedia, Standard Media International, Starmedia, and VitaminShoppe.com. The firm's 1996 fund capitalized at $150 million with two investors: SOFTBANK Technology Ventures and Chase Capital Partners, the private-equity arm of Chase Manhattan Corp. The firm later raised another fund capitalized at $500 million with Chase Capital Partners as the sole active LP. In 2001, Wilson
Jeffrey Zeldman is an entrepreneur, web designer, author, podcaster and speaker on web design. He is the founder of the web design studio Happy Cog. He also co-hosts The Big Web Show, a podcast on the web and online publishing.
Zeldman has blogged and published independent web content since 1995. In 1998, he began the e-zine A List Apart, which focuses on best practices and innovations in web design and front-end development. Zeldman used A List Apart as an evangelical platform, showing designers how to use web standards to achieve accessible, search-engine-friendly sites that cost less to produce and work better across platforms. Since 2007, A List Apart has conducted surveys of web designers, creating one of the first public pictures of the profession as it is practised in the U.S. and worldwide.
Zeldman's book Designing with Web Standards brought standards awareness to a new international audience. It has been translated into 13 languages and has been updated twice. The latest edition, Designing with Web Standards 3rd Edition, co-written with Ethan Marcotte, describes semantic markup, the separation of presentation from structure and behavior, the benefits of standards-based
Marcus Steven Zarra (born July 31, 1970) is a Macintosh software developer, writer and teacher. He is probably best known for the blog that he writes with Matt Long called Cocoa Is My Girlfriend. Marcus Zarra is the sole owner of Zarra Studios and develops software for both the Macintosh platform and the iPhone platform.
Marcus is currently working on a book for The Pragmatic Programmers on the subject of Core Data. In addition to his book, he has been published in numerous magazines including:
and many others.
He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Lyndia and four Shih Tzu: Ginger, Copper, Zeus and Faye.
Lee Kin Mun (Chinese: 李健敏; pinyin: Lǐ Jiànmǐn), better known as mrbrown, is a Singaporean blogger best known for his social and political commentary amidst Singapore's tight media restrictions. Affectionately known by many as Singapore's "Blogfather", Lee is one of the more notable bloggers in the Singaporean blogosphere. His podcast attracts some 20,000 downloads per day. In 2007, Lee was the only Singaporean to make it to the annual list of Top 20 Asian Progressives in World Business Magazine. Lee was educated in Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Hwa Chong Junior College.
Created in March 2005, the mrbrown show is a podcast produced by Lee. It was formerly co-produced by Mr Miyagi, another local blogger, who has since left the show to pursue other interests. The show showcases guests from various quarters of Singapore, and parodies a wide variety of subjects, ranging from VISA's advertising campaign starring Richard Gere, to political satire. Zhng My Car, a recurring series in the mrbrown show, is a spoof of MTV's Pimp My Ride, and has seen over 100,000 downloads.
Similarly produced and hosted by Lee, the WTF! Show (the "WTF!" is an abbreviation for "Wow, that's Fierce!") is
Wendy Cheng (郑彦彦), better known by her pseudonym Xiaxue (born 28 April 1984), is a Singaporean celebrity blogger who posts about her life, fashion and local issues. Her main blog, which attracts over 20,000 readers per day, has won prestigious blog awards and earned her sponsorship deals, as well as stints as a columnist and TV show host. However, she is a contentious figure in the Singaporean blogosphere, with some of her offensive posts sparking national controversies.
When Xiaxue was younger, she maintained a paper diary for a year, however her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend threw the diary away during a Chinese New Year "spring clean". Wanting to air her thoughts in a space that nobody could throw away, she started blogging in April 2003. She selected her pseudonym, "Xiaxue" （下雪）, which means "snowing" in Mandarin Chinese, because it "had that tinge of mysterious, beautiful girl thing about it".
Xiaxue has ten blogs, including her main blog, a geeky blog, her media centre and several private blogs. On her main blog she provides updates about her personal life, posts photographs, writes about topics such as fashion, rants about issues such as "nasty taxi drivers", and posts paid
David "Doc" Searls (born July 29, 1947), co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, is an American journalist, columnist, and a widely-read blogger, a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an alumnus fellow (2006–2010) of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
A longtime advocate for open-source software, Searls has been involved with Linux Journal since it began publishing in 1994. He became a Contributing Editor in 1996 and has been Senior Editor since 1999. His column "Linux for Suits" ran until 2007, and was followed by "EOF" inside each issue's back cover. His work with Linux Journal, and as an advocate of free software and open source, earned him a Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Communicator in 2005. His byline has also appeared in many other publications, including OMNI, Wired, PC Magazine, The Standard, The Sun Magazine, Upside, Release 1.0 and The Globe & Mail.
In early 1999 Searls joined Christopher Locke, David Weinberger and Rick Levine in writing The Cluetrain Manifesto, an iconoclastic website
Stephanie Anne Pearl-McPhee (a.k.a. "The Yarn Harlot") (born June 14, 1968) is a writer, knitter, IBCLC or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and doula living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pearl-McPhee's grandmother, a professional knitter, taught her to knit when she was four years old. She and her husband, Joseph "Joe" Dunphy, have three daughters, Amanda (born May 30, 1989), Megan (born August 15, 1991), and Samantha (born February 17, 1994). Stephanie and Joe were married on September 30, 2006.
Pearl-McPhee has contributed articles and patterns to knitting magazines such as Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Stranded, and Spin-Off. She also contributed a chapter to the book Knitlit Too. In addition, she has written five books on knitting.
One of Pearl-McPhee's best known works is her blog, which also carries the moniker "The Yarn Harlot". In 2004, she founded Tricoteuses sans Frontières (Knitters without Borders), a group dedicated to raising money for the non-profit Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). As of the 6th anniversary of Pearl-McPhee's blog (January 2010), they have contributed over $1,000,000 CAD to MSF/DWB.
In 2006 she started the
Angie Goff is an American broadcast journalist based in Washington D.C.. After spending several years at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., Goff joined WRC-TV (locally known as "NBC4" or "NBC Washington") as a weekend morning anchor in September 2011. Goff also writes the popular blog OhMyGoff known for showcasing viewer generated content.
Goff joined WUSA-TV in November 2007 from WIS-TV where she was a news anchor and reporter. While at the Columbia, South Carolina station Goff won a regional Emmy Award. Goff also served as a morning anchor and reporter for CBS affiliate KMEG-TV in Sioux City, Iowa. She got her first job in television reporting for public-access television cable TV station Torrance CitiCable while living in Los Angeles, California. During this time Goff served as the personal assistant to Entertainment Tonight anchor Mark Steines.
Goff was born in Seoul, South Korea. She spent most of her childhood and teenage years there, and attended the Seoul American High School for her freshman and sophomore years, where she played guard on the basketball team. In 1995, she moved to Herndon, Virginia and graduated from Herndon High School, where she was senior class president. She
James Bach is a leader in the field of Software Testing, writing and teaching a great deal on topics including exploratory testing, rapid testing, the use of heuristics, and session based test management. He is a vocal critic of the currently available software testing certifications, arguing that they cheapen the craft by claiming or implying that they represent a consensus that doesn't exist within the field, and often teaching things that many testing leaders consider outmoded at best.
Bach is also a public proponent of self-education. He has no HS or college diploma, and writes and speaks on how to take charge of one's own learning.
Carl Magnus Alexander "Alex" Schulman (born 17 February 1976 in Farsta) is a journalist, blogger and television and radio personality.
Alex Schulman is the son of television producer and journalist Allan Schulman and the television host Lisette Schulman (née Stolpe). He is also a maternal grandson of the author Sven Stolpe. He has two brothers: Calle and Niklas Schulman. Together with his brother Calle he runs the company Schulmangruppen ("The Schulman Group").
From 1999 to 2000, Schulman worked for the celebrity magazine Se & Hör. He is the former editor-in-chief of the magazine Stureplan but left this position in April 2007. He now writes at the entertainment page in Aftonbladet and he is also a columnist for the Aftonbladet-affiliated free newspaper Punkt SE. He also participates regularly in the radio show Äntligen morgon med Adam & Gry on Mix Megapol, and as sidekick to Lennart Ekdal on the debate show Kvällsöppet on TV4.
From 2006 to 2007, he wrote the personal blog Att vara Alex Schulman ("Being Alex Schulman"), which was later hosted on Aftonbladet's website and grew in 2007 to became the most widely read blog in Sweden by far with around 285,000 readers per week. On 1
April Terri Winchell (born on January 4, 1960 in New York City) is an American actress, writer, voice actor, talk radio host, and commentator. She is the daughter of ventriloquist, voice actor and comedian Paul Winchell.
As a voice actress, she has been heard in hundreds of animated television programs, such as King of The Hill, Phineas & Ferb, Pucca, Kim Possible, Recess (as Miss Muriel Finster), Goof Troop (as Peg Pete), Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as Clarabelle Cow), Pepper Ann (as Lydia Pearson), The Legend of Tarzan (taking over for Rosie O'Donnell as Terk) and 101 Dalmatians: The Series (as Cruella De Vil), SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (as Molly Mange). She has also voiced roles in numerous films, including Antz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Winchell portrayed the "Glendale Federal Bank" lady – a cranky, cynical customer mollified by the service at her new bank – in a series of highly successful radio commercials, which Winchell wrote and directed herself. She was also considered for the part of Regan in the Exorcist until she fell ill and was taken out of consideration.
Besides her many
Luis Villa is an attorney, currently at Greenberg Traurig. Previously he was an attorney at Mozilla, where he worked on the revision of the Mozilla Public License (MPL), work he continues at Greenberg Trauig. Prior to graduating from Columbia Law School in 2009, he was an employee at Ximian, which was acquired by Novell in 2003. He spent a year as a "senior geek in residence" at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society working on StopBadware.org. He has been elected four times to the board of the Gnome Foundation. He was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and has a somewhat popular blog.
Mike Linksvayer was vice president of Creative Commons from 2007 to 2012.
Linksvayer holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has experience as a software developer and consultant. He joined Creative Commons as Chief technical officer in April 2003, and held that position until April 2007 when he became vice president. He also co-founded Bitzi.
The former executive director of Creative Commons, Glenn Otis Brown, noted that Mike Linksvayer brought much-needed stability to the organization, comparing his role to that of a drummer in a band.
Linksvayer has encouraged NASA to use public APIs to open up its data, which are in the public domain since they constitute government works. This would allow the data to be used in mashups. He also suggested that scientists and other planetary societies use Creative Commons licenses to disseminate photos and other works so that the public has better access to them.
Following his tenure as vice president, in April 2012 Linksvayer became a part-time Senior Fellow at Creative Commons.
Mike Linksvayer is a vegan and follows a low-calorie diet. He was featured in a news story carried by a number of sources
Ryan Singel is a San Francisco-based blogger and journalist covering tech business, tech policy, civil liberty and privacy issues. His work has appeared extensively in Wired.com, and Singel co-founded the Threat Level blog with journalist and convicted hacker Kevin Lee Poulsen. As of 2008, he began covering tech business news for "Wired.com"'s Epicenter blog.
Singel has covered issues of government monitoring, and has been a chronicler of AT&T's alleged involvement in the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy. Involvement by Wired News in the case has been criticized by federal authorities.
Singel also founded a copy editing company called The Universal Desk in 2009.
Ze Frank ( /ˈzeɪ/; born Hosea Jan Frank on March 31, 1972) is an American online performance artist, composer, humorist and public speaker based in Los Angeles, California.
Frank was born to German-American parents and raised in a suburb of Albany, New York. He graduated from Brown University in 1995 where he studied neuroscience. Information given in the show indicates that he was educated at a Montessori school and also has a sister, who is a painter.
Beginning at Brown, Frank played guitar and sang lead vocals for a funk/jam band called Dowdy Smack, along with Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla, until its dissolution in 1998.
Frank married his longtime girlfriend Jody Brandt in 2003. They met at Brown University and dated for five years before getting married. Jody is a licensed psychologist. She also officiated at the wedding ceremony of Frank's band mate Tad Kinchla in 2009. Frank and Brandt moved from Brooklyn Heights, NYC, to Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, at the end of 2008.
In 2001, Frank created an online birthday invitation and sent it to seventeen of his closest friends. Forwarded wildly, the invitation soon generated millions of hits and over 100 gigabytes of daily web
Harold Charles "Hal" Turner (born March 15, 1962) is an American white nationalist, Holocaust denier and blogger from North Bergen, New Jersey. In August 2010, he was convicted for making threats against three federal judges with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to Turner's arrest, his radio program, The Hal Turner Show, was a webcast from his home once a week.
Turner was born in Jersey City and raised in Ridgefield Park. He served for ten months in the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge. Prior to working in radio, Turner worked as a driver and a salesman.
Identifying himself as "Hal from North Bergen", Turner became notable in American conservative circles as a frequent caller to and supporter of WABC radio talk show hosts Bob Grant and Sean Hannity. Turner parlayed this fame into a role as the northern New Jersey coordinator for Patrick J. Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign. He went on to serve as campaign manager for Libertarian Party candidate Murray Sabrin in New Jersey in the 1990s, including a 1997 gubernatorial campaign.
Turner claims he established a friendship with Sean Hannity, on whose radio program he had once been a frequent
Alessia Marcuzzi (born November 11, 1972) is an Italian television host and actress.
Born in Rome, she has debuted in Telemontecarlo hosting Attenti al dettaglio and then Qui si gioca, with Josè Altafini, in the 1991/1992 season. In March 1992 also presented the kids show Amici mostri. In the 1992/1993 season hosted the intertainment sho Novantatrè, with Umberto Smaila. Has appeared in RAI televisions in 1994, with Gigi Sabani, in Il grande gioco dell'oca. In 1994 also debuted as actress in the movies Chicken Park, directed by Jerry Calà, and Tra noi due è tutto finito.
She started working in Mediaset from November 1995 hosting the Italia 1 Saturday afternoon program Colpo di fulmine, until June 1997. It became a daily show in 1996, because of his great success. Thanks to this program has become one of the most important Italia 1 host; in this period she started hosting the well-known music festival Festivalbar, from 1996 to 2002, with whom she won a Telegatto in 2001, has presented the late night show 8 millimetri with Paolo Brosio and, from 1997 to 1998, the afternoon show Fuego!. She also presented the primetime show Mai dire Gol, from 1998 to 2000, with Ellen Hidding and the
James Andrew Coyne (born December 23, 1960) is a Canadian political columnist with the National Post and a member of the At Issue panel on CBC. Previously, he has been national editor for Maclean's, a weekly national newsmagazine in Canada and a columnist with the Globe and Mail.
Coyne was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Hope Meribeth Cameron (née Stobie) and James Coyne, who was governor of the Bank of Canada from 1955 to 1961. His paternal great-grandfather was historian and lawyer James Henry Coyne. His sister is actress Susan Coyne. He is also the cousin of constitutional lawyer Deborah Coyne, who is the mother of Pierre Trudeau's youngest child. Coyne studied at the University of Manitoba where he was editor of The Manitoban before transferring to the University of Toronto's University of Trinity College, from which he received a BA in economics and history. He received his master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Coyne has said that he considers the political labels "left" and "right" to be "tribes" of "self-quarantine." He endorses a strong federal government, more market based economic solutions, and a stronger role for Canada in the War on
Gan Huai Shi is a blogger from Singapore who pled guilty to sedition at the age of 17 in 2005, after he posted comments that were offensive towards Malays including calls for genocide against them, in a blog titled The Second Holocaust (and later, The Third Holocaust).
He said the reason for his antipathy against Malays was because his younger brother died when he was young after a Malay stole the cab that would have sent his brother to hospital.
On 23 November 2005, Gan, a private school student, was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation. He was also required to attend counselling sessions and perform community service working with Malays.
Regina "Gina" Barreca is an American academic and humorist. She is professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. Her latest book, It's Not That I'm Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, was published by St. Martin's Press in the spring of 2009. Gina was born January 14, 1957.
She is currently a columnist for "The Hartford Courant, as well as a blogger for The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Brainstorm" section and for "Psychology Today." She has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, "Joy Behar," "Dr. Phil,"and The Today Show.
Author of eight books and editor of sixteen others, Barreca has also published articles in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, The Harvard Business Review, ', The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, Ms. magazine, The Common Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Cosmopolitan and elsewhere. Prof. Barreca's books have been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
A noted public speaker, Dr. Barreca
Guy Kewney (30 April 1946 – 8 April 2010) was a South African-born British journalist, regarded by some as the first UK technology journalist. He was best known as a personal computing pundit, starting with Personal Computer World (PCW) writing a monthly column for the magazine from its launch in 1978 until its closure in June 2009. He launched the blog NewsWireless.Net in 2002 and was a founding partner of AFAICS Research. One of his daughters, Lucy Sherriff, was on the staff of The Register until 2007.
At the peak of the fame and influence of PCW, Kewney was widely regarded as one of the UK's most influential writers and broadcasters on microcomputing technology, founding and editing trade publications Microscope and PC Dealer, co-presenting Computer Trade Video and working as a TV presenter for five years on Thames TV's Database and Channel 4's 4 Computer Buffs before helping launch Ziff-Davis in Britain as the star columnist of PC Magazine (UK), PC Direct, Computer Life, IT Week, and ZDNet UK.
Kewney's original goal was to become a civil engineer, but he did not complete that university course of study. In 1965 he dropped out to work for English Electric Leo Marconi Computers.
Jared Sparks (May 10, 1789 – March 14, 1866) was an American historian, educator, and Unitarian minister. He served as President of Harvard University from 1849 to 1853.
Born in Willington, Connecticut, Sparks studied in the common schools, worked for a time at the carpenter's trade, and then became a schoolteacher. In 1809-1811 he attended Phillips Exeter Academy where he met John G. Palfrey, a lifelong friend. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1815 and A.M., 1818); in 1812 served as a tutor to the children of a family in Havre de Grace, Maryland, taught in a private school at Lancaster, Massachusetts, in 1815–1817; and studied theology and was college tutor in mathematics and natural philosophy at Harvard in 1817–1819. In 1817–1818 he was acting editor of the North American Review.
He was pastor of the First Independent Church (Unitarian) of Baltimore, Maryland, from 1819 to 1823, Dr William Ellery Channing delivering at his ordination his famous discourse on Unitarian Christianity. During this period Sparks founded the Unitarian Miscellany and Christian Monitor (1821), a monthly, and edited its first three volumes; he was chaplain of the United States House of
Jeremy Talfer Nell (born 16 March 1979), often referred to by his pen name Jerm, is an award-winning South African cartoonist, social commentator, and blogger. He is the editorial cartoonist for The New Age and is the creator of a nationally syndicated daily comic strip, The Biggish Five .
Nell was born and currently resides, with his wife, in Cape Town, South Africa.
With no completed formal training, Nell became a cartoonist in November 2005, immediately following his departure from the mobile media and entertainment industry.
Nell's first nationally syndicated comic strip, Urban Trash (first published November 2005), ended 27 June 2008.
In 2007, coinciding with the newspaper's launch, Nell became the front page (and soon thereafter, political) cartoonist for The Times.
Following the 2009 South African national election results, IEC commissioner Terry Tselane read out one of Nell's political cartoons, from The Times, on national television and cited it as inspiration for a nationwide toast.
Playing on the phrase "the Big Five", The Biggish Five (first published 30 June 2008) is a South African daily comic strip written and drawn by Nell, syndicated throughout South Africa in
Kris Krug (also known as "kk" and "kk+") is a fashion and editorial photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and founder of photography studio Static Photography. He is also a technologist who speaks internationally on the topics of Creative Commons, open source culture, photography and the Internet.
Krug was the president of an online magazine called Spark-online.com which he founded in October 1998. This was one of the earliest web communities available on the internet.
In March 2004 He started Bryght (a Drupal development company). Bryght was acquired by Raincity Studios, a comprehensive purveyor of services related to the Web and social media, in November 2007. By way of the acquisition, he served as President of Raincity Studios until March 2009.
He is an author, having co-written BitTorrent for Dummies with Susannah Gardner, an author/technologist. The book was published on September 30, 2005.
Krug is the organizer and founder of PhotoCamp, a photography unconference with BarCamp origins. He has organized five unconference events including BarCamp Shanghai,, Barcamp Vancouver, and the past three years of Northern Voice..
Krug is a well known contributor to the
Dave Sifry is an American software entrepreneur and blogosphere icon known for founding Technorati, a leading blog search engine. He also lectures widely on wireless technology and policy, weblogs, and open source software.
Sifry grew up on Long Island, and learned to program on a Commodore PET. He decided that he would move to Silicon Valley and start a company when he was still a teen. After studying computer science at Johns Hopkins University, he worked for Mitsubishi.
Sifry cofounded Sputnik, a Wi-Fi gateway company, Linuxcare, and Offbeat Guides.
He has been a founding member of the board of Linux International, and a technical advisor to the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement.
Kathryn A. Finney author, tech entrepreneur Television Correspondent, blogger, is best known as one of the first fashion and shopping bloggers for her blog, The Budget Fashionista.
Kathryn was named in 2010, along with Maria Shriver, Elizabeth Warren, and Suze Orman, as one of the Top Ten Women in Money by AOL. Her site, The Budget Fashionista, was named by MSN as one of the 100 most useful sites on the web.
In 2011, Kathryn accepted a position with BlogHer, a global media media representing over 40 million women, as Editor-at-Large.
Kathryn is also the founder of digitalundivided, a company that develops programs, projects and forward thinking initiatives that bridge the digital divide. The FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch BootCamp is DID’s first initiatives. Kathryn's work in the area of tech entrepreneurship has been recognized by several mainstream press outlets..
She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father, the late Robert Finney, was an Engineer at Microsoft and EMC2 and her mother, Karen Finney, is a philantropist. She is graduate of Washburn High School, where she was Class President. She also attended the prestigious Phillips
Meghan Marguerite McCain (born October 23, 1984) is an American columnist, author and blogger. She is a daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain and Cindy Hensley McCain. McCain first received media attention in 2007 for her blog, McCain Blogette, on which she documented life on the campaign trail and mused about fashion, music, and pop culture. In 2009, she became a contributing author for The Daily Beast, and in 2011, began appearing as a contributor on MSNBC.
McCain is the eldest of the four children of John and Cindy Hensley McCain. She has been a public figure for most of her life, appearing at the 1996 Republican National Convention.
She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Phoenix Country Day School and Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl Catholic high school. She attended Columbia University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in art history. McCain originally planned to become a music journalist and interned at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live.
McCain says that she is "a woman who despises labels and boxes and stereotypes". McCain also has described herself as a Republican who is "liberal on social issues". She registered as an Independent when she was
Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor. Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.
The result in a photographic emulsion is an invisible latent image, which is later chemically developed into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing. A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically create a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.
Photography has many uses for business, science, manufacturing (e.g. photolithography), art, and recreational purposes.
On 1834, in Campinas, Brazil, Hercules Florence, a
David Pescovitz is a writer and journalist best known for his work on science, technology and Internet culture. He is also a co-editor of Boing Boing and a director of research with the Institute for the Future. He was editor-at-large for MAKE and formerly writer-in-residence for UC Berkeley's College of Engineering. He is also a Pac-Man absolute master.
Pescovitz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati and later a Master's degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Pescovitz co-wrote the book Reality Check (ISBN 1888869038) with Brad Wieners based on his column in Wired magazine where he remains a correspondent. He has also written for a number of publications including Scientific American, Popular Science, The New York Times, the Washington Post, New Scientist, and Business 2.0. In 2002, he won the Foresight Prize in Communication, for his work in educating the public and research community about nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.
Robert Scoble (born January 18, 1965) is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He is married to Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble. He has three children; one from a previous marriage and two with Maryam. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
Scoble was born in New Jersey in 1965, and grew up about a kilometer from Apple Computer's head office in Silicon Valley.
In 1989 while studying in West Valley Community College he met Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and persuaded him to donate $40,000 worth of Macintoshes to the college journalism department.
In 1993 he dropped out without finishing his degree in Journalism from San Jose State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications (he still has one class to complete).
Scoble began his career in the 1980s helping run a discount camera store
Werner Vogels is the chief technology officer and vice President of Amazon.com in Seattle, Washington in charge of driving technology innovation within the company. Vogels has broad internal and external responsibilities.
From 1994 until 2004, Dr. Vogels was a research scientist at the Computer Science Department of Cornell University. He mainly conducted research in scalable reliable enterprise systems. From 1999 through 2002 he also held a vice president and chief technology officer position at Reliable Network Solutions, Inc. From 1991 through 1994 he was a senior researcher at INESC in Lisbon, Portugal. Vogels received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with Prof. Henri Bal and Prof. Andy Tanenbaum as his advisors. He is the author of many conference and journal articles, mainly on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing systems.
He joined Amazon in September 2004 as the director of systems research. He was named chief technology officer in January 2005 and vice president, world-wide architecture in March of that year.
Vogels maintains All Things Distributed, a blog focusing on "building scalable and robust
Aaron Matthew Wall (born 1979) is an Oakland, California-based blogger who writes the blog SEOBook.
In 2005 Wall was sued by Traffic Power for defamation and publication of trade secrets, and the case was closely watched because it addressed the legal question of liability for comments posted on websites and blogs. The case was dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction, and Traffic Power failed to appeal within the allowed time.
Tod Maffin is a Canadian digital marketing strategist and keynote speaker specializing in social media, mobile marketing, and viral marketing, as well as using social media for employer and school recruitment.
Maffin was born and raised in the Vancouver, Canada area. He began his career in journalism, working for KBS radio in Creston in the early '90s as a reporter and weekend anchor. He then moved to the Sunday Press, a community newspaper based in Sechelt, B.C. as the lead civic affairs reporter.
Maffin became the Director of New Media at the Haibeck Group, a Vancouver-based public relations firm, developing the early web strategies for large corporate clients. He joined the Internet services firm Emerge Online in 1995 as its Senior Strategist and, later, Vice President of Marketing. In 1997, Maffin moved to Emerge's competitor, IMEDIAT (later rebranded as communicate.com) where, as Executive V.P. of Marketing, he led the company's rapid growth into new markets.
Maffin left IMEDIAT to start his own web strategy consulting firm and, in 1999, developed the concept for an artificial intelligence engine that could rank the subjective mood of public opinion. He and three other
Bruce Cohen is an American film producer. Cohen and his producing partner, Dan Jinks, run The Jinks/ Cohen Company. Cohen and Jinks produced American Beauty, winner of the 1999 Academy Award for Best Picture. Among other films that Cohen has produced are The Forgotten, Big Fish, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and most recently, Milk, his second Best Picture nomination. In 2009, Cohen wore a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony as a show of support for the marriage equality movement.
Since May 2005 he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.
Cohen married his partner of five years, Gabriel Catone, on June 30, 2008, in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Los Angeles City Hall.
In December 2010, Cohen and actress Anne Hathaway went to Staten Island as surprise guests to a performance of the PS 22 Chorus, to invite them to the 83rd Academy Awards in February. They also announced that the Chorus will be performing in the awards ceremony.
His father, George, was appointed the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in 2009.
Jeff Atwood is an American software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He is mainly known for the programming blog Coding Horror, and as the co-founder of the question-and-answer website Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network.
In 2008, together with Joel Spolsky, Atwood founded Stack Overflow, a programming question-and-answer website. The site quickly became very popular, and was followed by Server Fault for system administrators, and Super User for general computer-related questions, eventually becoming Stack Exchange network which includes many Q&A websites surrounding topics decided on by the community.
2008-2010 Atwood and Spolsky published a weekly podcast covering the progress on Stack Exchange and a wide range of software development issues. Jeff Atwood was also a keynote presenter at the 2008 Canadian University Software Engineering Conference.
On February 6, 2012, Atwood left Stack Exchange.
As a teenager, Atwood got into trouble
Michael Tomasky (born 1960) is a liberal American columnist, journalist and author. He is the editor in chief of Democracy, a special correspondent for Newsweek / The Daily Beast, a contributing editor for The American Prospect, and a contributor to The New York Review of Books.
Tomasky was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, the son of Maria (Aluisi) and Michael Tomasky, a trial attorney. He is of Serbian and Italian descent. He attended West Virginia University as an undergraduate and then studied political science in graduate school at New York University. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Harper's Weekly, The Nation, The Village Voice, The New York Review of Books, Dissent, Lingua Franca, George, and GQ. He lives with his wife (Sarah) and daughter (Margot Julianna Kerr Tomasky, born July 6, 2010) in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1995 to 2002, Tomasky was a columnist at New York magazine, where he wrote the "City Politic" column. He was later executive editor of The American Prospect, and remains a contributing editor. On October 23, 2007, Guardian America was launched with Tomasky as its editor. On March 3, 2009 he
John Gruber (born 1973) is a writer from the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area of the United States. Gruber received his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Drexel University. He worked for Bare Bones Software from 2000 to 2002 and Joyent from 2005 to 2006. His main project is Daring Fireball, a technology blog that has become his full-time job. His side projects include Markdown, a lightweight markup language, and a podcast called The Talk Show that he hosts on the Mule Radio Syndicate network. He previously co-hosted "The Talk Show" with Dan Benjamin on the 5by5 Radio Network.
John Gruber has increasingly appeared as a conference speaker, starting in the US but going worldwide in recent years. His presentations focus on a subset of topics that he covers on Daring Fireball, mainly the intersection of Apple Inc., Movies and the creative process.
Rebecca MacKinnon is a blogger and co-founder of Global Voices Online. She is notable as a former CNN journalist who headed the CNN bureaus in Beijing and later in Tokyo. She is on the Board of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and is currently with the New America Foundation as a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow
Born in Berkeley, California in 1969. MacKinnon's family moved when she was three years old to Tempe, Arizona where her father Stephen R. MacKinnon took a job as Professor of Chinese History at Arizona State University. Her parents' academic research caused her to spend most of her primary school years in Delhi, India, Hong Kong, and Beijing, China before moving back to Arizona for middle and high school. She graduated from Tempe High in 1987 and graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a B.A. magna cum laude in Government.
After graduation, she was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, where she also worked as a Newsweek stringer.
MacKinnon joined CNN in 1992 as Beijing Bureau Assistant and moved up to Producer/Correspondent by 1997 and Bureau Chief by 1998. In 2001 she became Tokyo Bureau Chief. During her time with CNN, she
Richard Vincent "Rick" Mercer (born October 17, 1969) is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist, and blogger.
Mercer first came to national attention in 1990, when he premiered his one man show Show Me the Button, I'll Push It, or Charles Lynch Must Die at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. A pointed, satirical political commentary on Canadian life after Meech Lake, Show Me the Button made Mercer a national star as he toured the show across Canada. Mercer came to greater attention for his role in the satirical news show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and his spinoff special Talking To Americans was the highest-rated comedy special in the history of CBC Television, with 2.7 million viewers.
In 1992, he created and performed his second show, I've Killed Before, I'll Kill Again, which was also a popular touring show. Also in that year, he began to work with former CODCO members Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh, and with fellow Newfoundlander Greg Thomey, to create a new television series for CBC Television which became This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
In the first eight seasons of 22 Minutes, Mercer provided some of the show's signature moments, including an Internet
A serial entrepreneur whose primary career focus has been on operations
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Brian Solis (born 1970) is an American industry analyst.
Solis entered the technology public relations field in 1991, working for the Dodge and Mansfield agency in Ventura, California. Solis also held the position of Director at The Benjamin Group, a Silicon Valley agency later acquired by Weber Shandwick. In the 1990s, he began to engage with message boards, communities and early blogs.
Solis founded FutureWorks in 1999, specializing in new media marketing, branding, and business strategy. Solis led interactive and social programs for Fortune 500 companies, notable celebrities, and Web 2.0 startups. He was principal until 2011, serving later as an advisor.
In March 2011, Solis became principal at Altimeter. Solis works with businesses on new media strategies and frameworks to connect companies and customers, employees, and other stakeholders..
Brian Solis' The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution was published by Wiley in October 2011. In March 2010, Wiley published Solis' Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web.
In November 2010, Solis was a featured in
Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and the Director of Florida Tech's Center for Software Testing Education & Research (CSTER) since 2004. He is perhaps best known outside academia as an advocate of software usability and software testing.
Prior to his professorship, Kaner worked in the software industry beginning in 1983 in Silicon Valley "as a tester, programmer, tech writer, software development manager, product development director, and independent software development consultant." In 1988, he and his co-authors Jack Falk and Hung Quoc Nguyen published what became, at the time, "the best selling book on software testing," Testing Computer Software. He has also worked as a user interface designer.
In 2004 he cofounded the non-profit Association for Software Testing, where he serves as the Vice-President for Publications.
Kaner received a Bachelor's Degree from Brock University in 1974, having focused on mathematics and philosophy. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from McMaster University in 1984, with a dissertation in the area of psychophysics (the measurement of perceptual experiences). He
Dr. Kiki Sanford is a research scientist in neurophysiology at the University of California, Davis and is a specialist in learning and memory. She holds a B.S. in Conservation Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology from UC Davis. Kirsten is also the founder and host of the popular This Week in Science radio show/podcast, a weekly program broadcast from University of California, Davis and avidly followed by tens of thousands of fans worldwide.
In late 2007 and early 2008 Dr. Kiki expanded her work into online video, starring in both On Networks successful series "Food Science" and Revision3's variety show "PopSiren" and appearing regularly on "The Lab with Leo Laporte".
Michael Grant Ignatieff P.C. ( /ɪɡˈnæti.ɛf/; born May 12, 1947) is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Toronto.
While living in the United Kingdom from 1978 to 2000, Ignatieff became well known as a television and radio broadcaster and as an editorial columnist for The Observer. His documentary series Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism aired on BBC in 1993, and won a Canadian Gemini Award. His book of the same name, based on the series, won the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Book on Social Issues and the University of Toronto's Lionel Gelber Prize. His memoir, The Russian Album, won Canada's Governor General's Literary Award and the British Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Prize in 1988. His novel, Scar Tissue, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. In 2000, he delivered the Massey Lectures, entitled The Rights Revolution, which was released in
Bruce Shoop is a minister, graphic artist, internet pioneer, entrepreneur, and campaigner against the US drug policy. In 2006, he founded the Green Earth Ministries, a chapter of the THC Ministry and religion that considers cannabis to be a sacrament.
William Bruce Shoop was born on 23 May, 1967 in Miami, Florida. Raised and schooled in metropolitan Miami in the 1970s and 1980s, he graduated from Miami Norland high school in 1985, and attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 1985 through 1989.
After four years of college studies he graduated with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance. He spent the next couple of years between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia pursuing a career path in his chosen college specialty before moved back to his home state of Florida for the next dozen years as a small business owner. An avid outdoorsman and adventurer, Bruce developed a love for flying and travel and received his Private Pilot certificate in 1995.
Bruce began learning to program computers at the age of 12 when he paid $600 for half of his first Apple II microcomputer for Christmas out of the money he earned cleaning cages and helping out at a local
Elizabeth Evans May, OC, MP (born June 9, 1954) is an American-born Canadian Member of Parliament, environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and the leader of the Green Party of Canada. She was the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006. She became a Canadian citizen in 1978.
May's permanent residence is in Sidney, British Columbia. Her family home is in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton Island. On May 2, 2011, she became the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament in Canada, defeating the incumbent, Gary Lunn.
May was born in Hartford, Connecticut to a British father and American mother; she has a younger brother named Geoffrey. Her mother was a prominent anti-nuclear activist and one of the original founders of the peace group SANE, while her father was Assistant Vice President of Aetna Life and Casualty. May's godfather was actor Cliff Robertson.
May attended Renbrook School and the prestigious Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. Her family was rooted in the Welsh Congregationalist tradition of free thinking on religious beliefs.
The family moved to Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia in 1972 following a summer vacation spent on Cape Breton
If you're not a librarian, a website called Librarian Avengers might not sound wildly appealing, but don't be fooled. Flint's own Erica Olsen created the site in 1997 and it's filled with her humor and insight into everything from equality pants to drug screening to rogue sheep. It's so popular The New York Times has taken notice:
With so much of the job involving technology and with a focus now on finding and sharing information beyond just what is available in books, a new type of librarian is emerging — the kind that, according to the Web site Librarian Avengers, is “looking to put the ‘hep cat’ in cataloguing.” Erica now lives in San Francisco, where she's a User Experience Designer for Second Life
Susan Powter (born 22 December 1957) is an Australian-born motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!" She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.
Powter was born in Sydney, Australia in 1957, living there until she moved to the United States at age 10. She left school in 9th grade. Twice married, she described herself to Curve magazine in 2004 as a "radical feminist lesbian woman". She has two sons from her first marriage, Damien and Kiel. She adopted a third son after her second marriage.
In 1994, Powter starred in her own talk-show style television program called The Susan Powter Show, which ran for one season. On the show she and guests discussed nutrition and fitness as well as other topics.
Advocate of a whole-foods, organic, low-fat diet, and regular cardiovascular and strength-training exercise, Powter set herself apart from other nutritionists by condemning the diet industry as a whole. Her platinum-white flat-top haircut and aggressive manner of speaking became an iconic element of her celebrity. She has since grown out her hair and has multiple
Warren James Douglas Kinsella (born August 1960 in Montreal, Quebec), is a Toronto-based lawyer, author, musician, political consultant, commentator on the Sun News Network, blogger and columnist for Quebecor newspapers. He is the president and co-founder of The Daisy Consulting Group.
He is the son of physician and medical ethicist Douglas Kinsella, C.M., founder of the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR).
He and his ex-wife have four children. He is now partner with Lisa Kirbie, a Liberal strategist. In late 2000, he established a blog.
Kinsella served as a strategist in the Canadian federal Liberal Party's 1993 election campaign "task force", as a staffer in opposition leader Jean Chrétien's office. After the Liberals won the election to form the government, Kinsella became chief of staff to federal Public Works minister David Dingwall. He also worked in the party's war room in the 2000 federal election, which saw the Liberals win a third mandate, where he gained national exposure by appearing on CTV's Canada AM brandishing a purple Barney dinosaur to mock Stockwell Day's creationist beliefs.
Kinsella ran as a Liberal candidate in the 1997 federal election in
David Hall (born 1980 in Linköping, Sweden) is a Swede working as a system developer at the media company TV4 in Stockholm. He has worked in Stockholm for Eniro and Reco.se and has been a Ph D student at Linköping University. Blogger since 2003.
Kathy Sierra (born 1957 in California) is a programming instructor and game developer.
She is the co-creator of the Head First series of books on technical (primarily computer) topics, along with her partner, Bert Bates. The series, which began with Head First Java in 2003, takes an unorthodox, visually intensive approach to the process of teaching programming. Sierra's books in the series have received three nominations for Product Excellence Jolt Awards, winning in 2005 for Head First Design Patterns, and were recognized on Amazon.com's yearly top 10 list for computer books from 2003 to 2005.
Sierra attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in exercise physiology and spent 10 years working in the fitness industry. She changed careers after attending programming classes at UCLA, later returning to teach a course on "new media interactivity" for UCLA Extension. She also led the new media team at Mind over Macintosh, a Los Angeles training center that provided training to the many advertising, entertainment and corporation adapting digital technologies in the mid 1990s.
She says that her interest in cognitive science was motivated by her epilepsy, a condition for which she
Roy Christopher (Born Roy Christopher Usery, 1970) is an American writer and media theorist. From 1997 to 2007 he ran the widely acclaimed new science and new media website frontwheeldrive.com. His books include the interview anthology Follow for Now (Well-Red Bear, 2007) and the essay collection Sound Unbound with DJ Spooky (The MIT Press, 2008). He is currently working on a book about technological mediation.
Chris blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds at [chrisbrogan.com]. Skilled in new media creation (blogging, podcasting, videoblogging) as well as social media community building (through sites like Facebook, Ning, Twitter, and others), his strength is in connecting passionate people together for business, collaboration, and networking.
Shel Israel (born August, 1944) is a writer and speaker on social media issues. He co-authored with Robert Scoble the book Naked Conversations, How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers (John Wiley & Son 2006).
He has completed a second book called Twitterville on business uses for Twitter, published in September 2009. He has contributed editorially to BusinessWeek, Dow Jones Co, and FastCompany.TV.
He was the host of Global Neighbourhoods with Shel Israel, an online video blog series, which was produced by FastCompany.tv, covering enterprise and trends in social media. He lives in Silicon Valley, California and frequently speaks on social media related topics.
Bruce Schneier ( /ˈʃnaɪər/; born January 15, 1963) is an American cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer. He is the author of several books on general security topics, computer security and cryptography, and is the founder and chief technology officer of BT Managed Security Solutions, formerly Counterpane Internet Security, Inc.
A son of Martin Schneier, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, Bruce grew up in Flatbush, attending P.S. 139 and Hunter High School. After receiving a physics bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1984, he went to the American University in Washington, D.C. and got his master's degree in computer science in 1988. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D from the University of Westminster in London, England in November 2011. The award was made by the Department of Electronics and Computer Science in recognition of Schneier's 'hard work and contribution to industry and public life'.
In 1994, Schneier published "Applied Cryptography", which details the design, use, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms. More recently he published "Cryptography Engineering", which is focused more on how to use cryptography in real systems and less on
Kamla Bhatt is an Indian blogger and is acclaimed as India's first podcaster. She is also a freelance writer and researcher. Kamla is a featured podcaster contributor to the IndiaTech feature on Silicon Valley's PodTech.Net.
Her radio/podcast show is called Kamla Bhatt Show.
Kamla's podcasts are about "All Things Indian" which have a global appeal. Her podcast subjects have been members of the Indian diaspora from various countries. The Deccan Herald, Bangalore's leading newspaper, said of her: "She has always been fascinated by people from all walks of life — be they IT czars or celebrity chefs or Bollywood stars and directors, or a driver."
The Kamla Bhatt Show has included interviews with the Indian actor Kanwaljit Singh, and the Indian businessman Azim Premji at the New York Stock Exchange. Her podcasts also feature conversations with Fabmall's CEO K. Vaitheeswaran, internet stalwart Venky Harinarayan to the latest whizkids ramping up on India's startup scene.
On the entertainment side, she has covered Indian movie directors Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and other notables such as Bollywood's activist and intellectual actress Shabana Azmi, New York based Jazz
Nicholas Rory Cellan-Jones (17 January 1958; "Cellan" pronounced [ˈkɛɬən]) is a British journalist for BBC News, specializing in economics and technology.
Rory Cellan-Jones was born in London in 1958. Both his father James Cellan Jones and his half-brother Simon Cellan Jones are film and television directors, although Rory was born out of wedlock and was unacquainted with them until adulthood.
Cellan-Jones was educated at Dulwich College, an independent school for boys in Dulwich in south London, from 1967-76. He attended Jesus College, Cambridge University, obtaining his BA in 1981, and his MA in 1984.
Starting his BBC career as a researcher on the Leeds edition of Look North, he then worked in the London TV newsroom for three years before getting his first on-screen role at BBC Wales. He later transferred to London and became the business and economics correspondent. After the dot com crash of 2000, he wrote the book Dot.bomb. He has covered issues such as Black Wednesday, the BCCI scandal and Marks and Spencer's competition troubles. He has also evaluated the growth of online websites and companies including the rise of Google and Wikipedia and online retailing. In 2004 he made
Chubby Hubby or Aun Koh (born 1972) is a blogger from Singapore. His blog consists of dining reviews, travelling, wine and recipes for baking and cooking. It also consists of many photographs of the food, most being digitally altered. The blog earned reviews in the Guardian and was nominated for the world's best urban food blog in the 2005 Urban Blogging Awards.
Aun was mentioned in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech in 2006, as an example of Singaporean blogs on the internet. Singapore newspaper The Straits Times has mentioned him several times in articles about the hottest blogs, blogs to watch and the most popular food blogs. He was interviewed by Newsweek and mentioned in The New York Times, the South China Morning Post and The Guardian. Singaporean bank OCBC has a tie-up with Aun; he creates special promotions for OCBC credit card holders with his favourite restaurants and food suppliers, which he promotes via the blog. His blog style of writing could be deemed arrogant and condescending so it might be off putting to some readers. While some others say he writes with authority. He does not eat at local places like the many hawker centers in Singapore so
Ewan advises on how social media can be harnessed for public service and education management and used to improve learning. He is based in the Edinburgh area and speaks internationally, leading student and teacher workshops and conferences. He advises a number of international organisations and companies on their approaches to social media.
Ewan is available for speaking about Web 2.0 technologies in education across stages and curricular areas.
J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970, Orange, California, United States) is the American founder and former co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering the Silicon Valley technology start-up communities and the wider technology field in USA and elsewhere. Magazines such as Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet. In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Wired also included him in a flowchart of "internet blowhards" citing his obsession with Web 2.0.
Arrington grew up in Huntington Beach, California and Surrey, England, attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics. He went on to Stanford Law School and graduated in 1995. He practiced corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Arrington left the practice of law to join Real Names, which failed after raising $100M. Arrington was co-founder of Achex, an internet payments company, which was sold to First Data Corp for US$32 million and is now the back end of Western Union online. "I made enough to buy a Porsche. Not
Bruce Byfield (born May 13, 1958) is a Canadian journalist who specializes in writing about free and open source software. He has been a contributing editor at Linux.com, and his articles have appeared on the Datamation, LWN, Linux Developer Network, and LinuxPlanet sites. He also writes a monthly blog for the Linux Journal website, which provides introductions to popular free software such as LibreOffice, and Scribus, and a weekly blog for Linux Pro Magazine about free software and the issues surrounding it. In addition to his online publications, he has published in such magazines as Maximum Linux, Ubuntu User and The New Internationalist, and writes a column about the command line for Linux Pro Magazine. His personal blog,Off the Wall, is a collection of short personal essays.
Before becoming a journalist, Byfield was marketing and communications director at Progeny Linux Systems, and product manager at Stormix Technologies. He also designs elearning courses and is a marketing and communications consultant.
Byfield lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. In addition to free and open source software, his interests include parrots, running, science fiction, collecting Northwest Coast
Dave Allen (born 23 December 1955) was the bass guitarist for the post-punk band, Gang of Four. In 1981, he left Gang of Four to found Shriekback.
He later founded World Domination Recordings and two of its bands, The Elastic Purejoy and Low Pop Suicide (with Rick Boston). He appeared on several LPs and EPs with each of these bands, though his ambitious plan to release a work of 20 volumes produced only three releases, The Harvest and the Elastic Purejoy's The Clutter of Pop and Talk Radio. After leaving Shriekback in 1988, Allen founded King Swamp with other former bandmates.
Subsequently, he was director of Consumer Digital Audio Services at Intel in Portland, Oregon. Then he went on to be the president of the entertainment division of the Overland Agency, an advertising firm based in Portland. He is now co-founder of digital strategy firm Fight, and runs the independent record label, Pampelmoose.
David Weinberger (born 1950 in New York) is an American technologist, professional speaker, and commentator, probably best known as co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto (originally a website, and eventually a book, which has been described as "a primer on Internet marketing" ). Weinberger's work focuses on how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, and society.
A philosopher by training, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and taught college from 1980-1986. He was a gag writer for the comic strip "Inside Woody Allen" from 1976-1983. He became a marketing consultant and executive at several high-tech companies, and currently serves as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches a class on "The Web Difference" with John Palfrey. In addition, he is Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School. He had the title Senior Internet Advisor to Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, and provided technology policy advice to John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign.
He is the author of several books including The Cluetrain Manifesto, Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified
Michelle Malkin (née Maglalang; born October 20, 1970) is an American conservative blogger, political commentator and author. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites. She is a Fox News Channel contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs. Malkin has written four books published by Regnery Publishing.
Malkin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Philippine citizens Rafaela (née Perez) – a homemaker and teacher – and Apolo DeCastro Maglalang, who was then a physician-in-training. Several months prior to Malkin's birth, her parents had immigrated to the United States on an employer-sponsored visa. After her father finished his medical training, the family moved to Absecon, New Jersey. Malkin has a younger brother. She has described her parents as Reagan Republicans who were "not incredibly politically active."
Malkin, a Roman Catholic, attended Holy Spirit Roman Catholic High School, where she edited the school newspaper and aspired to become a concert pianist. Following her graduation in 1988, she enrolled at Oberlin College. Malkin originally planned to pursue a bachelor's degree in music, but changed her
Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author who is best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology. This work helped to define the cyberpunk genre.
Sterling, along with William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, John Shirley, Lewis Shiner, and Pat Cadigan, is one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement in science fiction. In addition, he is one of the sub-genre's chief ideological promulgators. This has earned him the nickname "Chairman Bruce." He was also one of the first organizers of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, and is a frequent attendee at the Sycamore Hill Writer's Workshop. He won Hugo Awards for his novelettes Bicycle Repairman and Taklamakan.
His first novel, Involution Ocean, published in 1977, features the world, Nullaqua where all the atmosphere is contained in a single, miles-deep crater. The story concerns a ship sailing on the ocean of dust at the bottom, which hunts creatures called dustwhales that live beneath the surface. It is partially a science-fictional pastiche of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.
From the late 1970s onwards, Sterling wrote a series of stories set in the Shaper/Mechanist universe: the solar
Ivan Leonidovich Maximov (Russian: Иван Леонидович Максимов; born 19 November 1958) is an artist, professional animator and director.
Ivan Maximov was born on 19 November 1958 in Moscow. He studied photography at the Biophysical Institute in Moscow till 1976. From 1976 - 1982 Maximov studied at the Physical-Technical Institute in Moscow. He worked as an illustrator for various magazines and from 1982 to 1986 he was an engineer at the Russian Space Research Institute. Between 1986 and 1989 Maximov took advanced studies in Film Directing and Script writing.
In the early 1990s, Maximov became involved with Russia's first gaming magazine, Video-Ass Dendy (Russian: Видео-Асс Dendy), and the television series, Dendy: The New Reality (Russian: Денди новая реальность; IPA: [Dendy Novaya Realnost]). Here he was in charge of designing Dendy the Elephant, Dendy's trademark mascot.
Starting in 1995 Maximov worked as "virtual studio IVAN MAXIMOV" where he set up his studio at home to work on film, video and computer animation. He worked as a caricaturist for VREMYA mn and in 2000 and 2001 he worked as a caricaturist for VREMYA NOVOSTEY.
In 2003, Maximov created the computer game Full Pipe at
Mark Frauenfelder (born November 22, 1960) is a blogger, illustrator, and journalist. He is editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and co-editor of the collaborative weblog Boing Boing. Along with his wife, Carla Sinclair, he founded the bOING bOING print zine in 1988, where he acted as editor until the print version folded in 1997. There his work was discovered by Billy Idol, who consulted Frauenfelder for his Cyberpunk album. While designing bOING bOING and co-editing it with Sinclair, Frauenfelder became an editor at Wired from 1993–1998 and the "Living Online" columnist for Playboy magazine from 1998 to 2002. He is the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (1995, Riverhead Books), and was the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (2002, Chronicle Books). He is the author and illustrator of World's Worst (2005, Chronicle Books) and The Computer: An Illustrated History (2005, Carlton Books). He is the author of Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet—Better, Faster, Easier (2007, St. Martin's Griffin), and Made by Hand (2010, Portfolio). He has been interviewed on the Colbert Report in March 2007 and in June 2010.
On June 21, 2003, Mark Frauenfelder and
Rands is the pen name and alter ego of Michael Lopp (born 1970 in California), a webcomic author, software engineering manager, and blogger. Lopp originally used the name "Rands" as his chat room handle; it became the name of his "grey"-styled alien character in his webcomic Jerkcity, and it is his persona when writing about software management. In 2010, he began working at Palantir after more than eight years at Apple.
Starting in 1996, Lopp wrote The BitSifter Digest, a website that published "the more interesting collections of bits which arrive at our desks" once a week, which increased in frequency and became daily by 2001. According to Steve Baldwin of disobey.com's Ghost Sites, it received recognition for its "pioneering use of borderless frames" and "topical, eclectic editorial content", and "was an important forerunner of the 'Blog.'" The BitSifter Digest stopped updating in 2001 and no longer exists at the domain name bitsifter.com.
Lopp created the Jerkcity web comic in 1998. In the strip, Rands is the "boring" one among a cast of absurd characters.
In April 2002, Lopp started a blog titled Rands in Repose. It explains aspects of technological or corporate culture, with
Daniel Lyons (born 1960) is an American writer. He was a senior editor at Forbes magazine and is now a writer at Newsweek.
Daniel Lyons was born in Massachusetts.
He has written a book of short stories, The Last Good Man (1993), a novel, Dog Days (1998), and a fictional biography, Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody (2007). He also writes The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a popular blog and parody of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, under the pseudonym Fake Steve Jobs.
Lyons began blogging as Fake Steve Jobs in 2006. He was able to maintain anonymity for just under a year, despite speculation.
Before the identity of Fake Steve Jobs was revealed by New York Times technology correspondent Brad Stone on August 5, 2007, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs was referenced by numerous online and print media such as Engadget, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Der Spiegel, El Mundo and CNET. Fake Steve Jobs ranked 37th in a Business 2.0 article entitled "50 Who Matter Now."
Previous guesses as to the blog's author included Leander Kahney of Wired (particularly at some of Fake Steve Jobs's Briticisms), Eric Savitz of Barron's Magazine, John Paczkowski of All Things Digital, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago
Darren Barefoot is a writer and marketing executive based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a founding partner at Capulet Communications, a public relations firm specializing in work with high technology companies and environmental organizations. He currently resides in Vancouver.
Barefoot wrote a monthly column for the Yaletown View, whose parent company publishes magazines in British Columbia and California. Barefoot has also written for the Vancouver Sun and Victoria News newspapers, as well as marketing and technology trade journals. He is also a blogger who writes on a variety of topics.
In 2003, Barefoot was instrumental in "Flowers for Al and Don," which purchased flowers for gay couples that participated in domestic partnership ceremonies in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon.
In 2006 a play he wrote called Bolloxed debuted at theater festivals in Vancouver and Victoria. It is a comedic romance about a Canadian computer programmer who falls in love with an Irish girl.
In 2007, Barefoot created Get a First Life, a satirical website that parodied the popular virtual world Second Life. In July, 2007, Barefoot created another satirical website,
Henry Blodget (born 1966) is an American former equity research analyst, currently banned from the securities industry, who was senior Internet analyst for CIBC Oppenheimer during the dot-com bubble and the head of the global Internet research team at Merrill Lynch. Blodget is now the editor and CEO of The Business Insider, a business news and analysis site, and a host of Yahoo Daily Ticker, a finance show on Yahoo.
Blodget received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and began his career as a freelance journalist and was a proofreader for Harper's Magazine.
In 1994, Blodget joined the corporate finance training program at Prudential Securities, and, two years later, moved to Oppenheimer & Co. in equity research. In October 1998, he predicted that Amazon.com's stock price would hit a pre-split price of $400 (which it did a month later, gaining 128%).
This call received significant media attention, and, two months later, he accepted a position at Merrill Lynch. In early 2000, days before the dot-com bubble burst, Blodget personally invested $700,000 in tech stocks, only to lose most of it in the years that followed. In 2001, he accepted a buyout offer from Merrill Lynch
29West Inc., now a business unit of Informatica (INFA), is a computer networking software company based in the Chicago area (USA) specializing in Message Oriented Middleware (MOM). 29West has offices in the Chicago area, New York City, London, and Tokyo.
The company's major competitors are TIBCO Software, Tervela, Solace Systems and more recently IBM (with their WebSphere MQ Low Latency Messaging product). 29West was acquired by Informatica on Mar. 22, 2010, which continues to develop and sell its products under the umbrella name "Ultra Messaging".
29West's primary customers are banks, trading firms, and exchanges.
Shortly after Talarian Corporation merged with TIBCO Software in April 2002, Mark Mahowald (COO of Talarian) founded 29West, Inc. In mid 2003, 29West began to focus on the market for high speed messaging and approached a number of firms with the goal of creating a new MOM product. In early 2004, Todd Montgomery joined 29West as the senior architect. Todd had earlier helped define and implement the PGM protocol. One early 29West customer was Wombat Financial Software (now NYSE Technologies). In June 2004, 29West announced Wombat as its first messaging customer, and in
Jacques Berlinerblau is associate professor and Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has doctorates in Ancient Near Eastern languages and literature (from NYU) and theoretical sociology (from the New School for Social Research).
He writes the blog The God Vote,, an exploration of the role of faith in the 2008 U.S. presidential race, for Newsweek's On Faith website. A nonbeliever himself, he also has written articles critical of the "New Atheism" movement.
Berlinerblau hosts the show "Faith Complex" which is described as "a dialogue about the intersection of religion, politics and art." In 2010 he launched a second show with The Washington Post's Sally Quinn entitled "The God Vote" which focuses on news cycle issues involving faith and politics. In addition to this work in visual media, Berlinerblau blogs for The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Brainstorm" page where he writes about secularism, literature, and various subjects in higher education.
Julia Allison (born February 28, 1981) is an American journalist, television commentator, and co-creator of lifecasting portal NonSociety.com. A Georgetown University alumna, Allison is originally from Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago.
Upon graduating from college, she moved to New York and began working as a columnist for amNewYork, after which she became editor-at-large for Star magazine. In 2007, she went on to join Time Out New York as a columnist, a position held until Summer 2009. Her freelance writing has featured in many magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Men's Health.
She has appeared as a guest commentator on television networks such as MSNBC, Fox News, plus Headline News, CNN, and MTV, and co-hosts New York Nonstop lifestyle show TMI Weekly.
Her work includes speaking engagements on new media and marketing, as well as assisting various companies as brand spokesperson. She appears on the Bravo reality show Miss Advised.
Allison attended Georgetown University, majoring in political science. While in college, she penned a dating column for the campus newspaper, The Hoya. During her studies she worked as a legislative correspondent for Illinois Republican
Maia Lee, (Chinese: 李芝瑛; pinyin: Li Zhīyīng; born January 31, 1983), is a Singaporean singer and television artiste.
Lee left secondary school at the age of 15.
Lee is part of the local techno trio, The Usual Suspects, who have had three Number 1 hits on the local station WKRZ 91.3 FM: "China Girl", "The Love You Promised", and "Sunburn". "The Love You Promised" has also been released in Japan and Europe, receiving airplay as far as Scandinavia. Famed German dance group Cascada recorded a remix in December 2004.
Lee was a finalist in the national talent contest, Singapore Idol.
In May 2005, Lee become a celebrity guest interviewer/writer for The New Paper, a local tabloid.
(with "The Usual Suspects")
Benjamin Lee (born July 21, 1969) is a prominent Singaporean blogger who writes as "Mr Miyagi", a nickname he acquired playing rugby in Sydney, Australia, where he spent 8 years reading law at the University of New South Wales.
He spent his secondary school years at the Anglo-Chinese School.
In collaboration with mrbrown, another prominent Singaporean blogger, he produces the popular podcast known as the mrbrown show. Formerly a columnist with the local newspaper, Today, he resigned from the column following the suspension of mrbrown in July 2006. Mr Miyagi has since left the show to pursue other interests.
In January 2007 he wrote his first stage production for long-time friend Hossan Leong, called Hossan: Multiple Personalities Disorder, a one-man stand-up act featuring Hossan Leong playing multiple characters based on celebrities.
Teresa Ghilarducci (born July 22, 1957) is the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Chair of Economic Policy Analysis and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis in the Department of Economics at The New School's New School for Social Research. She is a board member and research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the National Institute on Retirement Security. She is also a member of the American Economic Association, the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She won an Association of American Publishers award for her book Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions in 1992.
She obtained a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley in 1978. She graduated from there in 1984 with a Ph.D. in Economics.
While a student at UC Berkeley from 1979 to 1983, Ghilarducci was a research assistant at its Institute of Industrial Relations (now its Institute for Research on Labor and Employment).
She was hired as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame in 1983; she was promoted to Associate Professor of Economics in
Nils Daniel Carl Bildt KCMG (born 15 July 1949) is a Swedish politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994 and leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999. He has served as Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs since 6 October 2006.
Bildt has also been noted internationally as a mediator in the Balkan conflict, serving as the European Union's Special Envoy to the Former Yugoslavia from June 1995, co-chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference in November 1995 and as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 1995 to June 1997 immediately after the Bosnian War. From 1999 to 2001, he served as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Balkans.
Bildt was born in Halmstad, Halland, and belongs to an old Norwegian-Danish-Swedish noble family traditionally domiciled in Bohus county. Bildt attended Stockholm University but never graduated. His great-great-grandfather, Baron Gillis Bildt, served as Prime Minister a century earlier and as a diplomat as well as Marshal of the Realm of Sweden (riksmarskalk). His great-grandfather, General Knut Bildt, was chief of the Swedish General Staff. His
Zachariah Daniel Miller III (September 30, 1941 – April 8, 2009), commonly known as Dan Miller, was an American television personality who grew up in Augusta, Georgia.
Miller was a longtime news anchorman for WSMV (formerly WSM-TV) in Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning his tenure there as a weathercaster in 1969, he moved to the news anchor desk in 1970. In 1986, Miller left Nashville to serve as principal anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, a position he held for one year. Miller then gained fame in the United States nationally as the announcer and sidekick for his friend and one-time WSM-TV colleague, Pat Sajak, during Sajak's short-lived CBS late-night talk show, The Pat Sajak Show. Upon returning to Nashville in 1992, Dan began hosting his own cable talk show, Miller & Company, on The Nashville Network. An earlier version of Miller & Company had aired on WSMV from 1980 to his departure for L.A. in 1986. Miller returned to the WSMV anchor desk in 1995 and continued his work there until his death in 2009.
Miller appeared in the CBS movie, Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, which featured Michele Lee as Dottie West. He appeared as a guest on Hollywood Squares in 1989.
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Ricky Donnell Ross (born January 30, 1960), also known as "Freeway" Rick Ross, is an American convicted drug trafficker best known for the "drug empire" that he presided over in Los Angeles, California, in the early 1980s.
The nickname "Freeway" came from Ross's ownership of several properties along the Los Angeles-area Harbor Freeway as well as the existence of a freeway near his childhood home. During the height of his drug dealing, Ross claims to have sold "$2 million in one day." According to the Oakland Tribune, "In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and made more than $600 million in the process."
In 1996, Ross was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of trying to purchase more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent. Ross became the subject of controversy later that year when a series of articles by journalist Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News brought to light a connection between one of Ross's cocaine sources, Danilo Blandon, and the CIA as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. The decision in Ross's case was brought to a federal court of appeals
Ross Gregory Douthat (pronounced /ˈdaʊθət/; born November 28, 1979) is a conservative American author, blogger and New York Times columnist. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic and wrote Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012), Grand New Party (Doubleday, 2008) with Reihan Salam, and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005). David Brooks called Grand New Party the "best single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to head." Douthat is a film critic for National Review and has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, Slate, and other publications. In addition, he frequently appears on the video debate site Bloggingheads.tv. In April 2009, he became an online and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the Times editorial page. Douthat is the youngest regular op-ed writer in the paper's history.
Douthat was born in San Francisco, California, but grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. He attended Hamden Hall, a private high school in Hamden, Connecticut. Douthat graduated
Simon Reynolds (born 19 June 1963, London, England) is an English music critic who is well known for his writings on electronic dance music. Besides electronic dance music, Reynolds has written about a wide range of artists and musical genres, and has written books on post-punk and rock. He has contributed to Melody Maker, The New York Times, Village Voice, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Observer, Artforum, New Statesman, The Wire, Mojo, Uncut, Spin, and others.
Reynolds was raised in Manchester. His first experience writing about music was with Monitor, a fanzine he helped to found in 1984 while he was studying history at Oxford. The publication only lasted for six issues. When it was discontinued in 1986, Reynolds was already making his name writing for Melody Maker, one of the three major British music magazines of the time (the other two being the New Musical Express and Sounds). His early Melody Maker writings often contained strong criticisms of the concept of "soul" (then being heavily promoted by the NME), and of the somewhat earnest politicisation associated with the Red Wedge movement.
He later claimed that his apparent de-politicisation at the time was mainly a result
Benjamin Mako Hill (born December 2, 1980) is a Debian hacker, intellectual property researcher, activist and author. He is a contributor and free software developer as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects as well as the author of two best-selling technical books on the subject, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible (ISBN 978-0-7645-7644-7) and The Official Ubuntu Book (ISBN 978-0-13-243594-9). He currently serves as a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. Hill has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab and is a PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he studies free software communities and business models. He is also a Fellow at the MIT Center for Civic Media where he coordinates the development of software for civic organizing. He has worked as an advisor and contractor for the One Laptop per Child project. He is a speaker for the GNU Project, and serves on the board of Software Freedom International (the organization that organizes Software Freedom Day). Since 2006 he is married to Mika Matsuzaki, having used mathematically constrained wedding vows at the marriage ceremony.
Since 1999, Hill has been an active member of Debian. He has served as a
Jason Kottke (born September 27, 1973) is an American blogger and former web designer currently living in New York City. He designed the Silkscreen typeface and has won a Lifetime Achievement Award as a blogger. As of November 2009, his blog is ranked #80 on the Technorati Top 100.
After graduating with a degree in physics from Coe College in 1995, Kottke started work as a web designer in 1996, on projects for clients such as Charles Schwab.
In 1999, he designed the Silkscreen typeface — since used by Adobe, MTV, and Volvo, amongst others. His design work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Forbes, and Brill's Content. Kottke has served on the Advisory Board for SXSW Interactive from 2000–2003 and has spoken at the SXSW Interactive conference as well as the Seybold and NetMedia conferences. Kottke also created the Gawker logo.
Kottke's first site was 0sil8, a collection of "digital experiments."
Kottke, a pioneering blogger, began his blog in March 1998.
In 2000, Kottke and his then-girlfriend (now wife) Meg Hourihan were profiled in a New Yorker article, "You've Got Blog", which introduced blogging to a wider audience. His contributions to blogging were
Lore Christian Fitzgerald Sjöberg (born June 27, 1970, under the surname "Shoberg") is an internet humorist, co-founder of the Brunching Shuttlecocks humor website and author of The Book of Ratings. (His father, nicknamed Lore and also born a Shoberg, but now legally Lore Coyote Orion, is a writer, illustrator and musician.)
He first entered the public eye as one of the Brunching Shuttlecocks in 1997 along with David Neilsen (the Self-Made Critic) and a number of other, minor contributors. This online humor magazine picked up a considerable following during its run, but was, ultimately, terminated after a long period without updates in May 2003. The Brunching Shuttlecocks gained notoriety when Newsweek magazine mentioned the Alanis Morissette Lyric Generator. Lore's largest contribution to Brunching was "Ratings", in which he would give a short commentary and a letter grade to a handful of items in a particular category, such as "breakfast cereals" or "Scooby-Doo characters". In 2002, Sjöberg published a collection of these ratings (as well as a few quizzes from Brunching Shuttlecocks) as The Book of Ratings.
Sjöberg then moved on to start a number of other projects, under the
Markus Frind, CEO and Founder of Plentyoffish Media Inc.In 2003, Frind had to learn ASP.NET and to better learn the language, he built a dating website. The free dating website quickly grew in Canada and then spread, via word of mouth, to the U.K., Australia, and the United States. In 2004, PlentyofFish became a full-time business for Markus.
Maurice Edward Clarett (born October 29, 1983) is an American football running back for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. During his freshman year at Ohio State University in 2002, he helped lead the Buckeyes to a national championship. He is well known for unsuccessfully challenging the NFL's draft eligibility rules requiring a player to be three years removed from high school and for his tumultuous life outside of football, including his dismissal from Ohio State, several arrests, and later, imprisonment.
Maurice Clarett is the son of Myke Clarett Sr. and Michelle Renee Clarett (now divorced). His father is a businessman, who once worked as a Regional Representative for the Secretary of State in Ohio. His mother worked as a senior administrator for the Youngstown City Clerk of Court. He has an older brother named Marcus A. Clarett who was a defensive tackle for the University at Buffalo and another older brother, Michael Graham Clarett Jr. who has also served time in the Ohio Penal System.
Maurice has a daughter, born July 16, 2006, with girlfriend Ashley Evans.
After displaying his abilities as a punishing freshman tailback on the Austintown-Fitch High School
Nicholas "Nick" Baines (born 13 November 1957, Liverpool) has been the Bishop of Bradford, the diocesan Anglican bishop in the Diocese of Bradford, since 21 May 2011.
Baines was educated at Holt Comprehensive School, Liverpool, before gaining a BA(Hons) degree in German and French at the University of Bradford. He worked as a linguist at GCHQ for four years prior to training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he gained a BA(Hons) in theological studies.
Baines was ordained as a deacon in 1987 and a priest in 1988. His first appointments were as assistant curate at St Thomas' Kendal and St Catherine's Crook. He then moved to Leicester, becoming briefly associate minister of Holy Trinity, Leicester, and then Vicar of Rothley (1992-2000), during which time he was also chaplain to an adult mental health unit, before becoming Rural Dean of Goscote in 1995. In 2000, Baines became the Archdeacon of Lambeth in the Diocese of Southwark. He also oversaw the diocese's children and youth policies and was a member of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1995 until 2005. Baines was then appointed Bishop of Croydon in 2003, succeeding Wilfred Wood. He was consecrated by
Rafe Needleman is a magazine and website editor and published author. He wrote a Star Trek trivia book in 1980 and has covered technology and business since 1988. Previously a co-host of CNET's Buzz Out Loud Daily Podcast with Molly Wood, Rafe also hosts CNET To The Rescue and the Reporters Roundtable podcast and maintains the blog Rafe's Radar.
As a young man, Needleman wrote the book The Official Star Trek Trivia Book which was published by Pocket Books.
He started covering technology at InfoWorld as a reviews editor. Following that, he launched Corporate Computing magazine, and then moved on to become manager of advanced technologies for ZD Labs. In 1995, he became editor-in-chief of Byte. He joined CNET as editor of CNET.com, shortly after it started in 1997.
In 1998 he moved to Red Herring, as editorial director of the Events department. After a year he became editor of Redherring.com and started writing a column about startups, which was emailed to over 150,000 subscribers every weekday.
After Red Herring folded, he continued to review cutting edge technology, both online and in print, for a Business 2.0 column called What’s Next. He returned to CNET in 2004 as editor of
Raja Petra bin Raja Kamarudin (born September 27, 1950) is a Malaysian editor known for running the Malaysia Today website and publishing a series of commentary articles on Malaysian politics in the website. He is sometimes referred to by the initials RPK.
He was detained for a second time under the Internal Security Act, at 1.10pm on 12 September 2008. On 7 November 2008, Raja, 58, was freed from detention after Shah Alam city High Court Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad granted his habeas corpus petition and ruled that his detention was illegal. The court noted that "the grounds for the detention order by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for the blogger did not fall under the scope of Section 8(1) of the ISA."
In May 2010 Cheras Umno Division Chairman Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee called on the government to strip Raja Petra of his citizenship on the grounds that his activities could affect the peace of the country.
Born in Surrey, England, Raja Petra Kamarudin was educated at the Alice Smith School. At the age of 13 he went to further his studies at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, completing his education at the Victoria Institution. As his father died when Raja Petra was