I’m Waldo David Landers Jaquith (JAKE-with). I live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with my wife and infant son. I graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2005 and from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership in December of 2005.
I’ve hiked most of the Appalachian Trail. I’ve won two VH1 Music Awards. I saved Al Gore’s life. I received the first-ever e-mailed subpoena. I caught Chris Anderson plagiarizing big chunks of his book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price. I successfully fought off a subpoena that tried to unmask anonymous commenters on my blog. I was a roadie for the Rolling Stones for three days. I won the 2011 Knight News Challenge. President Obama named me a “Champion for Change.” I used to work for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, for which I created Ethics.gov. I was a News Challenge Fellow with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. I’m the Director of the U.S. Open Data Institute.
Brad DeLong says “Waldo Jaquith wins the internet.” In 1999, Forbes said that I’m a “grizzled veteran of the Internet scene.” The Boston Globe says I’m a “super-blogger.” Some Romanian magazine says of me “Inca un geniu tinar care se manifesta mai degraba in ciuda sistemului decit datorita acestuia? S-ar parea ca da, iar lista n-a ajuns deocamdata la capat.” Max says I’m “a huge tool.”
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