Steven Levy (born 1951) is an American journalist and Editor at Large for Wired who has written extensively for publications on computers, technology, cryptography, the internet, cybersecurity, and privacy. He is the author of the 1984 book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, which chronicles the early days of the computer underground. Levy published eight books covering computer hacker culture, artificial intelligence, cryptography, and multi-year exposés of Apple, Google, and Facebook. His most recent book, Facebook: The Inside Story, recounts the history and rise of Facebook from three years of interviews with employees, including Chamath Palihapitiya, Sheryl Sandberg, and Mark Zuckerberg.[1]

Steven Levy
Steven Levy signing copies of his book, "In The Plex" at Next Labs in Palo Alto, California, February 2014
Author Steven Levy at a book signing at Nest Labs in Palo Alto, February 2014
Born1951 (1951) (age 73)
OccupationAuthor, columnist
Genrenon-fiction (science-technology, business)
SpouseTeresa Carpenter

Career edit

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

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 was a contributing editor to Popular Computing and wrote a monthly column in the magazine, initially called "Telecomputing"[3] and later named "Micro Journal"[4] and "Computer Journal",[5] from April 1983 to the magazine's closure in December 1985.[6]

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

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

Levy is writer and Editor at Large for Wired.[7] 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. In December 1986, Levy founded the Macworld Game Hall of Fame,[8] which Macworld published annually until 2009.[9]

He is regarded as a prominent and respected critic of Apple Inc. In July 2004, Levy wrote a cover story for Newsweek (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.[10]

Education and personal life edit

Levy received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and earned a master's degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University.[11] He lives in New York City with his wife, Pulitzer Prize winner Teresa Carpenter, and son.

Bibliography edit

Steven Levy and Adam D'Angelo (left)

Books edit

Essays and reporting edit

  • Levy, Steven (November 1982) [Fall/Winter 1982]. "Me and My Computer". Playboy Guide: Electronic Entertainment. Vol. 2, no. 2. pp. 38–41, 84.
  • Levy, Steven (December 2013). "Like minds". Wired. Vol. 21, no. 12. pp. 234–244.[12]

References edit

  1. ^ Levy, Steven (2020). Facebook: The Inside Story. Penguin. ISBN 9780735213159.
  2. ^ "Einstein's Brain". About Steven. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Levy, Steven (April 1983). "Telecomputing". Popular Computing. McGraw-Hill, Inc. 2 (6): 68.
  4. ^ Levy, Steven (April 1984). "Micro Journal". Popular Computing. McGraw-Hill, Inc. 3 (6): 70.
  5. ^ Levy, Steven (May 1985). "Computer Journal". Popular Computing. McGraw-Hill, Inc. 4 (7): 38.
  6. ^ Levy, Steven (December 1985). "Computer Journal". Popular Computing. McGraw-Hill, Inc. 5 (2): 32.
  7. ^ "Steven Levy".
  8. ^ Levy, Steven (December 1986). "The Game Hall of Fame". Macworld. PCW Communications, Inc. 3 (12): 119.
  9. ^ Cohen, Peter (December 29, 2009). "Macworld's 2009 Game Hall of Fame". Macworld. IDG Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on April 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Levy, Steven (July 24, 2004). "iPod Nation". Newsweek. Newsweek, Inc. CXLIV (4): 42–50.
  11. ^ "About Steven Levy".
  12. ^ 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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