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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After Revolution 2.0

Remember 2011? The Arab Spring, a.k.a. "Revolution 2.0"? Four governments were overthrown, and the stage was set for further social-media-fuelled protests: Brazil. Ukraine. Turkey. It seems awfully ap

Can You Fear Me Now?

I write to you from Aqaba, Jordan, a town made famous when conquered by "Lawrence of Arabia" and Faisal al-Hashimi 99 years ago, at a confluence where today four nations divide a mere 25 miles of coa

Death To C

Ladies and gentlemen, the C programming language. It's a classic. It is sleek, and spartan, and elegant. (Especially compared to its sequel, that bloated mess C++, which shares all the faults I'm abou

We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

"I would again draw an analogy to venture capital," observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. "The importance--and amount--of ventur

On The War On General Purpose Computing

The powers that be want to control your phones and your drones. And who can blame them? It was inevitable. Of course they're upset that smartphones are making it hard to catch speeders. Of course man

Whatever Happened To PaaS?

In 2009 I discovered Google App Engine and fell in love. Its promise: any software developer could build web apps available to anyone, anywhere, 24/7, without having to worry about server configuratio

Porn, Sex, Tech, And Cindy Gallop

"Most likely it will be amateur pornographers who make best use of Meerkat’s special features," observes The Economist drily, ending an analysis of the battle between Meerkat and Periscope. "They ha

A Farewell To Jobs

Few subjects elicit more skepticism than the so-called "sharing economy." Kevin Roose argues: "The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation." Catherine Rampell warns: "there’s a

The Terrible Technical Interview

Traditional technical interviews are terrible for everyone. They're a bad way for companies to evaluate candidates. They're a bad way for candidates to evaluate companies. They waste time and generate

Creeping Towards Hardware As A Service

There seems to be cool new hardware everywhere I look these days. Swimming drones. Crash-proof flying drones. Creepy robots. Kickstarters like Hackaball, "a smart and responsive ball children can prog

The Doomed Quest For The Golden Key

Some months ago, the Washington Post waded into the debate about the NSA, pervasive surveillance, and end-to-end encryption with a call for Apple and Google to magically "invent a kind of secure golde

Beware The Pretty People

The tech industry used to be home to a disproportionate number of misfits and weirdos. Geeks. Nerds. People who needed to know how machines worked; needed to take them apart, make them better, and put

The Bitcoin Jet, Or, How Does Cryptocurrency Go Mainstream?

DIGITAL CURRENCIES ACCEPTED HERE proclaims the plaque at my local froyo place, emblazoned with the Bitcoin logo: but when I ask how I would pay with Bitcoin, the Australian woman behind the counter sh

Don’t Be Google

Dear Google: what happened? Android sales are falling. Chrome has become a bloated hog. Analysts are calling you "the new Microsoft," or worse, "the new Yahoo!" And worst, most damning of all: you hav

What You Need To Know About Zero Knowledge

Anonymity? Privacy? How quaint. We live in a world bedecked with ever more cameras, ever more sensors, ever more drones, ever more data, ever fewer things that can be hidden. TLS and Tor can hide your

Three Reasons Why Your Software Is So Far Behind Schedule

When not opining here on TechCrunch I'm a software engineer for the fine folks at HappyFunCorp (1) and I'm occasionally called on to diagnose and fix projects that have gone horribly wrong (2). The mo

This Industry Is Still Completely Ridiculous

Things are getting pretty strange out there. Roughly a year ago I wrote a post entitled "This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous." Since then, as you probably already know, our world has gotten even mo

Foundation And Big Data

The Internet has become the world’s Sorting Hat: it identifies, and increasingly defines, the subculture(s) to which people belong. Does your Facebook feed feature Mother Jones or Fox News? The Guar

Decentralize All The Things!

They gave us a fully decentralized Internet and we used it to build web services--Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud--so massively centralized they verge on being quasi-medieval fiefdoms. Now we're buil

11 Ways Old Journalism Was The Worst

In October of last year, Brookings published an essay by Robert Kaiser entitled "The Bad News About The News," which was probably well-intentioned, but was also -- I'm sorry to say -- hilariously blov
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