Kevin Fogarty

Kevin Fogarty

Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer, editor, and analyst who has covered every unprecedented, technology-driven shift in the firmament of business and society since before the invention of the web. His stories describe the impact of new technology in terms accessible to non-specialists but he personally has been mocked as a geek by technical experts in a dozen abstruse beats, including networking, cloud computing, security, hacktivism, defense and cyberwar, virtualization, data-center  and mobile technologies, web development, social networking, big data and robotics. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN.com, InformationWeek, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and a range of cut-and-paste content-aggregation sites.


Top 10 technologies of the past 45 years

A look at some of the products that have helped push rapid change in the IT industry over the past few decades.

Tech predictions gone wrong

The computer industry and the customers it serves have proven to be extraordinarily slippery during the past 45 years.

How the cloud keeps fuel and cash flowing when the power goes out

When Hurricane Irene hit Eastern Massachusetts last August, the roads were filled with broken trees and downed power lines, leaving many without power for more than a week. When Diesel Direct, a trucking and construction businesses,...

Web site security improves from appalling to merely bad

Commercial web sites show impressive gains in security during recent years, but only if you compare the 1,100 serious vulnerabilities the average site suffered during 2007 compared to 79 now. That's a big change, but satisfactory only...

Year's coolest computer display is made from a soap bubble

This year's coolest digital-image display is made from bubbles, not solid materials, whose texture, transparency and other characteristics can be tuned using ultrasound to make a perfect surface for even giant, seemingly unsupported...

Hacked drones could become missiles over U.S., researchers warn

The FAA's plan to allow as many as 30,000 observation drones to fly over the U.S. by 2015 could be catastrophic, especially the big planes FedEx plans to use to cut delivery costs. GPS spoofing can confuse drones and give attackers "a...

New tools finally give users a way to enforce their own privacy

A rush of new products are designed to add "military grade" encryption to email, text messages and corporate data. None are perfect; none are revolutionary. Collectively they represent acceptance, for the first time, that users should...

U.K. trial tests whether jokes on Twitter are jokes, or threats

@stephenfry: God I hope common sense & natural justice prevail ‪#TwitterJokeTrial @Joannechocolat: "All writers should be following #twitterjoketrial. The future of humour, hyperbole and the use of common sense is being decided right...

MI-5 chief warns of "astonishing," industrial-scale state-sponsored cybercrime

The head of the British MI-5 counter-intelligence agency warned yesterday that state-sponsored efforts at cyberattacks had escalated into industrial-scale events involving thousands of people. Who is leading the charge? Superpowers...

How many gigabytes in a a zettabyte and why you need to know

Gartner's projection that consumers will own 4.1 zettabytes of content and put a third of it in the public cloud by 2016 raised one very pertinent question: What the heck is a zettabyte? Here's your answer and some tools to convert...

Smartphone cameras will crash the cloud, smother the Internet

Gartner predicts the amount of consumer data stored in the cloud will increase 1,080 percent by 2016, potentially smothering the cloud, the Internet and every advance in storage and bandwidth between now and then in a flood of...

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