Quinn Norton

A journalist of Hackers, Bodies, Technologies and Internets. ‘’Useless in terms of… tactical details’’ -Stratfor

Everything Is Broken

Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it. In the…

One Does Not Simply Send An Email

And Other Lessons for a Safer Internet

Last week, I received an email from the marketing bit of an NGO. This is not an uncommon…

Attribution is hard

Did British Spies Use NSA Data to Spy on You?

Find out.

For the first time since Edward Snowden revealed the indiscriminate spying of the Five Eyes national…

Publications edited by Quinn Norton

A writer’s attempt to understand a world being weirded by a network. Authored by Quinn Norton.

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Fun, Scientific, and Creative Ways of Eating.

We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism

I’ll Go First

I started studying the computer underground back when I worked in tech, as an early web developer, in…

I Don’t Know if Je Suis Charlie

But in Paris, the lines between freedom, anger, and extremism are messier than we can admit.

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Quinn’s 12 Tips for Beating Christmas Blues

It’s almost not enough to say I love Christmas. I frickin’ love Christmas. I just about always have a great time. My Christmases are full of…

Against Productivity

This Essay Took Four Years to Write

Four years ago I temporarily moved to Puerto Rico. I went to PR to seek the New American Dream, a dream that…

Let’s Go Giants!

What Sports Can Tell Us About Inequity

I Have Seen the Tops of Clouds

I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes. I peer around my room scared and stressed, like all the things I can contain during the day break loose in…