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Type News & Entertainment
Leader Mark Frauenfelder

Boing Boing is a technology and "tech culture" website established by Mark Frauenfelder and his wife Carla Sinclair, first as a 'zine' in 1988 and then as a website in 1995.

The website has published several articles related to #Gamergate and the preceding series of events. Many of these articles have expressed sentiments contrary to causes that they have promoted[1][2][3] in the past.

Most of Boing Boing's staff have formerly worked for Wired magazine.

Articles Preceding Gamergate

On the 9th of July 2007, Boing Boing's co-editor and writer Cory Doctorow published an article about a short animation and website produced by Frank Wu, husband to Brianna Wu.[4][5][6]

Doctorow has previously received cover artwork from Frank Wu for one of his short story anthologies.[7][8][9]

He has also photographed Frank Wu as he won a Hugo award in 2007,[10][11][12] and promoted Brianna Wu's artwork on the 24th of August 2009.[13][14][15] Doctorow and Frank Wu co-hosted a sci-fi convention together in Philadelphia on November 20, 2009.[16][17][18]

The Boing Boing team have so far not disclosed any personal or commercial relationship between editorial staff and the Wu family within their #GamerGate articles.

Staff Roster

Founder and co-editor Mark Frauenfelder is an editor-in-chief at MAKE magazine. He was an editor for Wired from 1993–1998, and worked as the "Living Online" columnist for Playboy magazine between 1998-2002. He was co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (1995, Riverhead Books) and 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.

Co-editor and managing partner David Pescovitz was "editor-at-large" at MAKE magazine. Pescovitz co-wrote the book Reality Check (ISBN 978-1-888869-03-3) with Brad Wieners based on his column in Wired magazine. 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. He has a Master's degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.

Co-editor Cory Doctorow was the childhood friend of Tim Wu (journalist and professor of law) and co-founded the free software P2P company Opencola with John Henson and Grad Conn which was sold to the Open Text Corporation of Waterloo, Ontario, during the summer of 2003. He has an honorary doctorate from The Open University for his contributions to education and culture.

Managing editor Rob Beschizza was a prolific writer for Wired magazine and published approximately 3,000 articles there[19][20][21] between the years 2006- 2008.[22][23][24]

Co-editor Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial). She was a contributor to Wired magazine and Wired News, and in 2002 she began contributing to Boing Boing after Mark Frauenfelder met her at a party and invited her to be a co-editor (source??). She was 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 PBS NewsHour, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ABC. Jardin has also written op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She has also been the main source of an article in The Age talking about the cultural relevance of Wikipedia articles, and the source for a New York Times article discussing Boing Boing's part in the creation of the Flying Spaghetti Monster internet meme. She has appeared as a guest on News Hour with Jim Lehrer to discuss the Washington Post's decision to remove their comments section (a step Boing Boing had also taken), and featured on the BBC Radio 5 show Pods and Blogs discussing her work at Boing Boing.

John Battelle is allegedly the group's manager, writer and blogger.

Co-editor Glenn Fleishman was a writer for Ars Technica, Wired, The New York Times, Popular Science, Fortune, PCWorld, and Business 2.0. He contributes regularly to The Economist, The Seattle Times, Macworld, and TidBITS. He was a regular columnist at The Seattle Times for over a decade, from 2000 until 2013. He has also published or co-published several books.

References


  1. http://www.peeep.us/ff0bbc9c

  2. https://archive.today/CEH9i

  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20130808163353/http://boingboing.net/2013/08/05/ask-for-evidence-demanding-fa.html

  4. http://www.peeep.us/3b3c6293

  5. https://archive.today/W5b0k

  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20071013162021/http://boingboing.net/2007/07/09/frank-wus-guidolon-t.html

  7. http://www.peeep.us/8ff7d17f

  8. https://archive.today/9sEk1

  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20140905001607/http://www.frankwu.com/Cory1.html

  10. http://www.peeep.us/f462be93

  11. https://archive.today/qIVbJ

  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20150115103353/http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frank_Wu%27s_2007_Hugo.jpg

  13. http://www.peeep.us/64c0db16

  14. https://archive.today/U3CcA

  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20090827104238/http://www.boingboing.net/2009/08/24/crossed-genres-cover.html

  16. http://www.peeep.us/b4838e06

  17. https://archive.today/Ln8FM

  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20111021121837/http://2009.philcon.org/

  19. http://www.peeep.us/a53b6b39

  20. https://archive.today/KNOn6

  21. https://web.archive.org/web/20150115110217/http://www.wired.com/author/rob-beschizza/page/300/

  22. http://www.peeep.us/6ddcaefd

  23. https://archive.today/H62d0

  24. https://web.archive.org/web/20150115110552/http://www.wired.com/author/rob-beschizza/page/1/
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