Declan McCullagh


Declan McCullagh, senior writer for CNET News, discusses the historical decline of U.S. government involvement with the physical Internet, Jay Rockefeller’s Senate bill that gives the president broad powers during an ill-defined “cybersecurity emergency,” the continuing struggle between government surveillance and private anonymity and how the private sector is much more capable of responding to cyber attacks than the Pentagon.

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Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CBS News’ Web site and writes a weekly column titled Other People’s Money. He became a senior writer for CNET News in 2002, and lives in the San Francisco area after spending over a decade in Washington, DC.

An award-winning journalist, McCullagh writes and speaks frequently about technology, law, and politics. From 1998 to 2002, he was Wired’s Washington bureau chief. Previously he was a reporter for Time Magazine, Time Digital Daily, and The Netly News, as well as a correspondent for HotWired.

McCullagh’s articles have appeared in scores of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy magazine, George magazine, The New Republic, Communications of the ACM, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC News’ Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, Court TV, and CNN. He has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also was a lecturer at American University in Washington, DC where he has taught a graduate journalism class.

McCullagh moderates Politech, a well-known mailing list looking broadly at politics and technology that he founded in 1994, and has been online since 1988. He was the first online reporter to join the National Press Club; he participated in the first White House dot com press pool; and was one of the first online journalists to receive credentials from the press gallery of the U.S. Congress. McCullagh has spoken at schools including Stanford University, MIT, Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University, and has testified twice before the Federal Trade Commission.

In addition to tinkering with his classic NeXT cube, McCullagh programs in C and Perl, and maintains a Linux server that supports about seven web sites, some with a MySQL backend. He rides a Honda 919 motorcycle, is a private pilot who flies a Diamond Katana, and lives with his wife in the San Francisco area.

5 thoughts on “Declan McCullagh”

  1. I believe in the UK… or in London at least, there may be laws afoot to force pub owners to install cameras or else lose their license to operate their establishment. The ostensible argument goes that it will cut down on crime but if all the cameras NOW installed haven't put a dent in it then how in the world would having more cameras in the most camera dense country on earth change anything? It won't. And that has to be the idea. It's about control and putting people under the thumb with that nagging cancerous fear at the back of your head. Now talk about Big Brother!

  2. government cameras = bad, corporate cameras = good?

    This libertarian fairy-tale would make more sense if you acknowledged that the government *works for* corporations and the privately wealthy.

    As it stands, this view is a bit like criticizing the club that beats you while praising the man who wields it.

  3. Police state USA surveillance stinks. Truthfully, I fear that what f see is a continuing steady move toward a futuristic dark ages, ugly beyond imagination. In that regard, for 9/11 acknowledgement, view the 911 video offering of Deek Jackson at How does one prepare children for WWIII

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