Quinn Norton


Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets.

They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing.

These days, Quinn is a journalist, published in Wired, The Atlantic, Maximum PC, and more. She covers science, technology, copyright law, robotics, body modification, and medicine, but no matter how many times she tries to leave, she always comes back to hackers.


Quinn has appeared on Sources + Secrets, to talk about prospects for a Federal Shield Law, CBC's Spark, to talk about dramatizing the Internet, As It Happens, to talk about Occupy, wamda to talk about building systems for social change, Bloomberg TV to talk about Anonymous & Sabu, WNYC to talk about Anonymous, NPR to talk about the Stratfor hacking, Tummelvision to talk about SOPA, Occupy and stochasticism, NPR's Morning Edition to talk about Anonymous, NPR's All Things Considered, to talk about her magnetic implant, CBC's Spark to talk about human-robotic interface, and has an essay in She's Such a Geek, edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders.

Article Links


  • Profile of Sara Winge, co-founder of Foo Camp
  • Social Currency A profile of IBM Research's Dr. Ching-Yung Lin
  • Ambassador of the New Breed Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito
  • 'I want to build something that grows' Profile of Joshua Schachter
  • Music Man Cracks DRM Schemes about Alex Halderman