Cyrus Farivar
Oakland, CA
cfarivar [AT] cfarivar [DOT] org

Cyrus Farivar [suh-ROOS FAR-ih-var] is a journalist, radio producer and author. He is also a senior tech policy reporter at Ars Technica.

His second book, Habeas Data, about 10 legal cases that have had an outsized impact on privacy law in America, has been praised by The New Yorker, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California), and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, among others.

His first book, The Internet of Elsewhere -- about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea -- was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He has reported for Deutsche Welle English, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times and many others. He has a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

He's also survived three VfDs on Wikipedia. However, on a 4th VfD attempt in February 2007, he was, in fact, deleted. For the moment, Cyrus is still waiting for someone to add him back.


Senior Tech Policy Reporter
Ars Technica
Responsible for daily business, tech law and tech policy coverage
April '12 - Present

Freelance Public Radio Reporter
Report on technology for PRI's The World (WGBH/PRI/BBC), NPR, CBC.
December '05 - Present

Adjunct faculty, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Taught courses on tech reporting, audio production
August '12 - Present

Science and Technology Editor
Deutsche Welle English
Responsible for daily online content, and weekly radio show.
July '10 - March '12

Radio Instructor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Taught three week radio course during summer orientation period.
August '09 - September '09

Freelance Journalist, Various Publications
Report on technology for The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Slate, Foreign Policy and others.
August '04 - Present

Online Content Manager, 80+1
Managed blog, Twitter and online presence for Ars Electronica's 80+1 festival in Linz, Austria.
March '09 - September '09

Columnist, Machinist,
Reported on technology for daily online technology column.
September '08 - November '08

Freelance Radio Producer, Your Call Radio, KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco, Calif.
Organized and assisted in production of daily weekday call-in political and cultural talkshow.
March '07 - June '07

Senior Associate Editor, Engadget
Edited and wrote, covering live events and trade shows.
August '06 - December '06

Assistant Editor, Macworld, San Francisco, Calif.
Produced online content for magazine, including biweekly Macworld podcast and monthly Virtual CD. Also reviewed, wrote and edited as needed.
July '05 - August '06

Intern, Business 2.0 magazine, San Francisco, Calif.
Reported and fact-checked for business technology magazine.
May '04 - July '04

Freelance Reporter, Bay City News, San Francisco, Calif.
Reported on local breaking news on a weekend, part-time basis for the only wire service of the entire Bay Area.
January '04 - July '04

Freelance Reporter, The Age, Melbourne, Australia
Contracted freelance reporter for the personal technology section, LiveWire. Wrote four 1500-word cover stories. Interned at The Age from June - July '02.
July '02 - December '02

Staff Writer, The Daily Californian, Berkeley, Calif.
Reported on local science and technology for award-winning independent student newspaper of UC Berkeley. Served as editor for weekly Sci-Tech page for one year.
September '00 - May '04


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
M.S. in Journalism, May 2005
Courses included: Radio Workshop, Covering Regional Conflicts, Radio Documentary, Book Writing
Thesis: Murder and Vice on the Lower East Side: The Past, Present and Future of the 'Chinatown Buses' (March 21, 2005)

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, May 2004
Studied from 2002 - 2003 at the Universite Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal
Thesis: "The Powerful Force": An Examination of the Internet in Senegal (April 28, 2004)


Association of Independents in Radio - Since 2007
Deutsche Journalisten Verband (German Journalists Union) - 2010-2012


Best Technology Reporting, SPJ Northern California - November 2017
Hoover Media Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University - February 2011
Fellow, Science Literacy Project - April 2008
Bay Area Press Club Scholarship - June 2003
University of California Regents' Scholar - August 2000
Eagle Scout - June 1999


Fluent French; intermediate knowledge of Persian, German; basic knowledge of Wolof, Spanish, Italian

Updated: August 11, 2018