Alexander B. Howard is a senior analyst at the Sunlight Foundation. You are welcome to connect through Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr,YouTubeGoogle+ Vine and Instagram accounts, or his personal blog. Please send ideas, tips and requests for comment, moderation or speaking to 410-849-9808 or email.


alexanderbhoward-headshot-glassesUntil January 2016, Alexander B. Howard was the first senior editor for technology and society at the Huffington Post. Previously, he was a columnist at TechRepublic and a contributor to TechPresident, among other fine publications, a consultant, moderator and researcher.

Howard has been recognized twice by The Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s “TechTitans,” which called him a “respected trend-spotter and chronicler of government’s use of new media.” He has appeared on-air as an analyst for NPR, WHYY, WAMU, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, Washington Post TV, WJLA and a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Howard is a member of the Government of Canada’s independent advisory panel on open government.

Howard has held fellowships at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and  the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

From April 2010 to May 2013, he was the Washington Correspondent for Radar at O’Reilly Media. In 2013, he founded e-pluribusbunum.org a blog focused on open government and technology.

Prior to joining O’Reilly, he was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and IT security, and the broader topics of online culture and enterprise technology.

Howard has also contributed to WIRED, the National Journal, PBS MediashiftThe Daily BeastNextGov, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Slate, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, TechPresident, CBS News’ What’s Trending, Govloop, Governing People, and the Association for Computer Manufacturing, amongst others.

He has been a keynote speaker, moderator and panelist at numerous conferences in Washington and beyond, including the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, the State of the Net and the Open Government Partnership’s annual summits in Brasilia and Mexico City.

Howard also delivered remarks or moderated discussions at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, The Wilson Center, New York Law School, Alfred University, The Mona School of Business at the University of The West Indies, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The U.S. National Archives, NIST, The Club de Madrid, The Cato Institute, The New America Foundation, The World Bank, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. In 2011, he was Visiting Faculty at the Poynter Institute.

Howard graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Biology. He now resides in the District of Columbia with his family.

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  7. An anecdote: I can (and have) gotten totally amazing jobs by talking with people in the trenches (usually engineers) who were either facing a cliff or had fallen off one. What Johnson said about execution focussing the mind? Well, principled practitioners respond that way to calamity. My point: I get around HR.

    HR don’t like me. I didn’t like them in the 60s (high-school … I had long hair, was playing bass and building stereos, doing lights for theatre &tc) or the 70s (maximally hi-tech, NORAD/SAC and such) and on and on. The next generation? I didn’t like their parents (reciprocated) and I don’t like them (reciprocated).

    Principled practioners … as close as we can get to bushido. (The samurai is hard on the outside, soft on the inside. Zen master? Other way ’round.) When you compromise enough to get power (dominant paradigm, n’est-ce pas?) … well, ask Obama. So far as I can tell the politician’s brand of authentic integrity is keeping relatively honest count of how many scalps he’s taken.

    You, sir … I think the litmus test is approachability. “Even the fool has his story”, says the Desiderata. You … the absence of arrogance … speaks volumes, that does.


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  9. I love your header picture. Wish I could have been the one who knew how to take it!

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  11. I agree, that header looks great. How did you take it?

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