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Declan McCullagh

Declan McCullaghBorn: 1971

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CNET Senior Editor

Declan McCullagh was the first online reporter to join the National Press Club, having written for The Netly News and Wired. He now covers internet issues for c|Net, a publicly traded news service. Typical subjects include civil liberties, the World Wide Web, media ownership, and the Federal Communications Commission. When Vice President Al Gore said he had taken "the initiative in creating the Internet", McCullagh was the first to puncture that canard -- and he did so without exaggerating Gore's claim, unlike most other coverage.

Politically liberal when he first came to Washington DC in 1991, McCullagh was slowly convinced by his own coverage of internet issues that liberal principles would strangle the internet. He found himself evolving into a libertarian, and it shows in his coverage. McCullagh also hosts a discussion group, Politech, where technologists, attorneys, activists and consumers discuss the free speech and privacy implications of new developments and regulations.

Wife: (employee of Google)

    University: Carnegie Mellon University

    CNET Networks (2002-)
    Wired Washington Bureau Chief (1998-2002)
    Time Writer
    NeXT (1990)
    CryptoRights Foundation Advisory Board
    International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
    National Press Club

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