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Julian Dibbell has, in the course of over a decade of writing and publishing, established himself as one of digital culture’s most thoughtful and accessible observers. He has written essays and articles on hackers, computer viruses, online communities, encryption technologies, music pirates, and the heady cultural, political, and philosophical questions that tie these and other digital-age phenomena together. Currently a contributing editor for Wired magazine, he lives in South Bend, Indiana.





My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World. Henry Holt, 1999.

“Quite simply… the best book yet written about the dynamics of online life”

-- Andrew Leonard, Salon.





“A Rape in Cyberspace: Or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society.” First published in The Village Voice, December 21, 1993. Reprinted in Reading Digital Culture (Blackwell, 2001), Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture (Duke, 1994) and eight other collections, it has also been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Norwegian.


“Pirate Utopia.” First published in Feed online magazine, February 20, 2001. Reprinted in Best American Science Writing 2002 (Ecco, 2002).


“Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Man.” First published in Feed, May 3, 2000. Reprinted in We’ve Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture (Perseus, 2002).





Wired. Contributing Editor. August 2003 to the present.

Under contract to write feature articles for the award-winning technology magazine, to which I have contributed occasionally since shortly after its launch.


Stanford Law School. Visiting Fellow, August 2002 to July 2003.

Researched and taught at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, founded and directed by legal scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig. Co-taught a course with Lessig on “Law and Virtual Worlds.” Investigated virtual economies as legal, political, and social phenomena. Collaborated on Lessig’s Creative Commons initiative to reform intellectual property law for the digital age.


Feed. Contributing Editor. November 1995 to June 1997.

            For the groundbreaking online magazine, wrote semi-monthly essays on the cultural and political meanings of technological obsession, including profiles of bloggers, steganographers, overclockers, and other techno-fanatics.


Time. Contributor. November 1995 to June 1997.

            For the august newsweekly, wrote monthly pieces on technology, including features on artificial intelligence, microchip manufacture, cryptography, and the role of the Internet in Serbian politics.


The Village Voice. Assistant Editor. January 1992 to February 1996.

            Wrote several cover stories and a monthly column (“Strange Loops”) analyzing and reporting on the new digital technologies.


Freelance. July 1986 to the present.

            Published in Details, Spin, Harper’s, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Le Monde (Paris), Folha de São Paulo (Brazil), and elsewhere. Articles have included features and essays on a variety of subjects in addition to technology—pop music stars, movies, science-fiction writers, drag aesthetics, and the cultural politics of Carmen Miranda.





ITT International Fellowship. 1986‑87. Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil.

            Pursued self-designed program in Brazilian cultural studies, with focus on popular music.


Yale University. 1982‑86. New Haven.

            B.A. in English, summa cum laude. Awards for creative writing; for essays on English, German, and Latin American literature; and for composition in Portuguese, Spanish, and German. Co-founded and co-edited Nadine, Yale’s first pop-music quarterly.