Steven Levy (born 1951) is an American journalist who has written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the internet, cybersecurity, and privacy.

Steven Levy
Steven Levy signing copies of his book, "In The Plex" at Next Labs in Palo Alto, California, February 2014
Author Steve Levy at a book signing at Nest Labs in Palo Alto, February 2014
Born1951 (1951) (age 71)
OccupationAuthor, columnist
Genrenon-fiction (science-technology, business)
SpouseTeresa Carpenter


Levy is writer and Editor at Large for Wired.[1] He was previously chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has had articles published in Harper's, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. He is regarded as a prominent and respected critic of Apple Inc. In July 2004, Levy wrote a cover story (which also featured an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs) which unveiled the 4th generation of the iPod to the world before Apple had officially done so.[citation needed]

In 1984, his book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution was published. He described a "hacker ethic", which became a guideline to understanding how computers have advanced into the machines that we know and use today. He identified this hacker ethic to consist of key points such as that all information is free, and that this information should be used to "change life for the better".

Levy won the "Computer Press Association Award" for a report he co-wrote in 1998 on the Year 2000 problem.

Levy was a contributor to Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Software Catalog, first published in 1984.

In 1978, Steven Levy rediscovered Albert Einstein's brain in the office of the pathologist who removed and preserved it.[2]

Education and personal lifeEdit

Levy received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and earned a master's degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University.[3] He lives in New York City with his wife, Pulitzer Prize winner Teresa Carpenter, and son.


Steven Levy and Adam D'Angelo (left)


Essays and reportingEdit

  • Levy, Steven (December 2013). "Like minds". Wired. Vol. 21, no. 12. pp. 234–244.[4]


  1. ^ "Steven Levy".
  2. ^ "Einstein's Brain". About Steven. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "About Steven Levy".
  4. ^ Wired often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton on the NSA, Safe Sex, and American Exceptionalism" online.

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