We have added two new bloggers to ZDNet in the last week--Esther Dyson and Denise Howell. Esther is Editor at Large at CNET Networks, which means she writes about whatever interests her in the technology arena. She describes the coverage of her ZDNet blog, Release 0.9, as follows:
"I'll be covering whatever interests me. My goal is to cover "release 0.9" - things that aren't quite done yet, whether they are ideas, companies or technologies. I like things *before* they are finished or perfect or well understood. And I plan to write a lot about things outside… not just outside Silicon Valley, but outside the US. (Amazing, eh?)"
More specifically, Esther will cover topics such as social software and social networks; registries of people and things; the Internet and public policy,; IT and health care; the transformation of e-mail to "Meta-mail"; identity management; the use by small businesses of "consumer" Internet services such as Yahoo, eBay and Google; and all things Web 2.0.
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She has a long and distinguished history as an influential pundit covering technology and as a savvy investor. She was responsible for the Release 1.0 newsletter and PC Forum, a leading annual high-tech executive conference. In 1997, she wrote a book on the impact of the Net, Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age.
Denise Howell is the author of Lawgarithms, which she tags as "issue-spotting the live Web." In her inaugural post, Denise says that she will "muse about interesting, important, and frequently cutting edge technology-related legal issues."
In her initial post, Denise writes:
"If we're not already acquainted, I'm a lawyer, wife, daughter, mom, and enough of a technology enthusiast (or camp follower, depending on your snarkiness quotient today) that discovering a new episode of the Gillmor Gang on my iPod is enough to plaster a mysterious smile on my face for the rest of the morning. I've been lawyering almost 16 years, and blogging almost 6. What this mostly means is I'll be minding my own business, playing around with some cool new device, service, feature, or hack, and BAM! They hit me — the various ways someone is likely to wind up in court over the thing. It's not necessarily a pleasant lot, "issue-spotting the Live Web," as we taglined Lawgarithms, but in my case it's a bona fide compulsion. Perhaps the upshot is simply a twist on the old adage: "Those who can't do, teach. >> Those who can't teach, blog." But I prefer to think of myself as a bit of all three — doer, teacher/perpetual student, and blogger. My hope for Lawgarithms is it will be a way to indulge all those pursuits."
Denise is an appellate, intellectual property and technology lawyer, and she is broadly recognized for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law. Denise continues to pen Bag and Baggage, which was one of the first law-related blogs and coined the term "blawg" as shorthand for legal Weblog. She is also the host of Sound Policy, co-author of Between Lawyers, a member of the Identity Gang, and an advisory board member of the Attention Trust.
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