Jon Evans

Jon Evans

Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, and software engineer. His novels have been published around the world, translated into several languages, and praised by The Times, The Economist, and the Washington Post. His journalism has appeared in Wired, Reader’s Digest, The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, and The Times of India, and he writes a weekly column for TechCrunch. Jon also has a degree in electrical engineering and a decade of experience as a software developer, building everything from smartphone apps to billion-dollar asset-allocation services.

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When your fear is my opportunity

I'm not saying the people around me here at Black Hat are malicious, or that the threats aren't real. I'm saying that the industry, and everyone it, is strongly incentivized to make its customers and

Facebook’s CSO: the security industry needs to change

Every summer, suited and/or black-clad security geeks flock en masse to the sun-drenched surreality of Las Vegas for "Hacker Summer Camp": a full week of various security and hacker conferences. Today

Dear tech dudes, stop being so dumb about women

I want to talk about a relatively little-discussed aspect of the venture-capitalist sexual-harassment revelations that have rocked the Valley of late. In their wake, I have seen, first- and secondhand

Death to C, ++

The C programming language is terrible. I mean, magnificent, too. Much of the world in which we live was built atop C. It is foundational to almost all computer programming, both historically and prac

Why so costly?

Technology makes things better. Not morally, of course: military technology kills and maims people more efficiently, surveillance technology invades privacy more pervasively, and so forth. But improve

Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of lulz

Well, why not? I mean, you know, what the hell. Dave Aitel’s proposal over at The Hill for “a cyber investigatory setup funded by private industry” to react to hacks into the America

The Uber and the frog

How the mighty are fallen. Travis Kalanick is out, and Uber has become something of a headless horseman, with no current CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, VP of Engineering, or general counsel. Its alleged valuatio

How to kill a golden age

So I was sitting in the Theatre of Salt in Florence with my friend Jo discussing golden ages, as one inevitably does when in Florence — it having been the birthplace of that most famous and most

The new new things that weren’t

We’re always looking for the New New Thing in tech, since long before Michael Lewis coined the phrase. Often we are entirely too successful. There are so many New New Things — and so many

Facebook is broken

The problem is this: Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. At Facebook’s scale, behavioral targeting doesn’t just re

Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new internet

Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereum's initial release, published an essay entitled "What Does Ether At $100 Mean?" Since

Google in, Google out

Call it the Triumph of the Stacks. I attended Google I/O this week, and saw a lot of cool things: but what really hit home for me, at the keynote and the demos and the developer sessions, was just how

Pattern recognition

I helped work on a thing last weekend that I can't write about, yet, and then last week I found my way to San Jose for Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference, and fine, all right, OK, I'm convinced: Now t

This dystopia is completely ridiculous

We live in dark and darkly hilarious times. Our world has grown so bewildering and complicated, in no small part because of the finger jammed on technology’s fast-forward button, that many peopl

Reasons to be cheerful

I know, I know, it’s been a rough year. Fury, discord, and hatred seem to be on the rise. The super-elite keep getting richer, while young workers keep getting poorer, and economic mobility has

Hope and rapture on West Broadway

I stared out at San Francisco and wondered if, with the right kind of eyes, someone who wasn't me could almost see a high and beautiful wave gathering, readying itself to inundate the nation and the w

Stop blaming the tech industry for the world’s problems

Everything we do is terrible, says the trope. We're oppressive. We're exploitative. We're sexist, racist, classist. We cater to the rich and privileged urban elite, while the poor masses fall further

Waiting for the new new thing

The smartphone wars are over, and everybody won. Life without our phones is almost unthinkable. I just spent the last five days on a couple of remote Pacific islands, and every so often I'd look up an

Why do developers who could work anywhere flock to the world’s most expensive cities?

Politicians and economists lament that certain alpha regions -- SF, LA, NYC, Boston, Toronto, London, Paris -- attract all the best jobs while becoming repellently expensive, reducing economic mobilit

Sex and Gor and open source

A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, "to leave the Drupal
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