I’m a reporter at Ars Technica. I write about technology policy, blockchains, and the future of transportation.
I started my journalism career at Ars in 2007, and wrote for Ars full time from 2011 to 2013. I returned to Ars in 2017 after spending time at the Washington Post and Vox.
I earned a master’s degree in computer science from Princeton University in 2010. I was advised by Ed Felten, the director of Princeton’s Center for IT Policy. I’m a co-creator of RECAP, a software project that helps users liberate documents from PACER, the federal judiciary’s paywalled website for public records.
Prior to graduate school, I spent time in the think tank world. I was a staff writer at the Cato Institute from 2003 to 2005. I was subsequently a Cato adjunct scholar, with research focusing on copyright and patent policy, network neutrality, and civil liberties.
I was born and raised in Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, and then moved to Washington DC, where I met my wife, Amanda. I’ve spent time in St. Louis, Princeton, and Philadelphia. I now live with Amanda and our two cats in Washington DC.