I was born and raised in Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, and then moved to Washington DC, to take a job as a staff writer at the Cato Institute. There I met my future wife, Amanda, who I followed to St. Louis when she went to medical school. While in St. Louis I became a freelance writer, writing about technology policy for Ars Technica, Techdirt, Reason, the New York Times, and other publications.
I then went to graduate school, studying computer science under Ed Felten. While there, I was a co-creator of RECAP, a software project that helps users liberate documents from PACER, the federal judiciary’s paywalled website for public records. I earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2010.
After grad school I went to work at Ars full-time. I then spent time at the Washington Post and Vox before returning to Ars for a third time in 2017.
I can be found on Twitter. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.