The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism

Author’s Biography

Alexander B. Howard is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. From August 2013 to May 2014, he was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He is a columnist at TechRepublic; the founder of “E Pluribus Unum,” a blog focused on open government and technology; and a contributor to TechPresident, among other publications. In 2013, Howard was a fellow at the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, he was the Washington correspondent for Radar at O’Reilly Media, where he chronicled the emergence of open data and open government movements around the world. Howard has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s “TechTitans,” a “respected trend-spotter and chronicler of government’s use of new media.” He has appeared on air as an analyst for Al Jazeera English, WHYY, NPR, Washington Post TV, and a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show multiple times. Howard is a member of the government of Canada’s independent advisory panel on open government. Prior to joining O’Reilly, he was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and IT security, and the broader topics of online culture and enterprise technology.Howard has also contributed to the National Journal, The Daily Beast, NextGov, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Slate, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable,TechPresident, CBS News’ What’s Trending, Govloop, Governing People, and the Association for Computer Manufacturing, amongst others.Howard has been a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at numerous conferences in Washington and beyond, including the Web 2.02.0Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, National Democratic Institute, [email protected], CAR/IRE, the State of the Net, and the Open Government Partnership’s annual conference, among others. In 2011, he was Visiting Faculty at the Poynter Institute.He also delivered remarks and/or moderated discussions at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, New York Law School, Alfred University, the Mona School of Business at the University of The West Indies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the U.S. National Archives, NIST, the Club de Madrid, the Cato Institute, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. Howard, a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME, lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, young daughter, old greyhound, and a growing collection of pots and cast iron pans.