Steven Levy

For other people named Steven Levy, see Steven Levy (disambiguation).
Steven Levy

Steven Levy signing copies of his book, "In The Plex" at Next Labs in Palo Alto, California, February 2014

Author Steve Levy at a book signing at Nest Labs in Palo Alto, February 2014
Born 1951 (1951) (age 65)
Occupation Author, columnist
Genre Non-fiction (science-technology, business)
Spouse Teresa Carpenter

Steven Levy (born 1951) is an American journalist who has written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the Internet, cybersecurity, and privacy.


Levy is the editor-in-chief of the tech hub for Medium. Previously he was senior writer for Wired, following a dozen years as chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has had articles published in Harper's, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. He is regarded as a prominent and respected critic of Apple Inc. In July 2004, Levy wrote a cover story (which also featured an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs) which unveiled the 4th generation of the iPod to the world before Apple had officially done so, an unusual event since Apple is well known for its tight-lipped press policy.

In 1984, he wrote a book called Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in which he described a "hacker ethic", which became a guideline to understanding how computers have advanced into the machines that we know and use today. He identified this Hacker Ethic to consist of key points such as that all information is free, and that this information should be used to "change life for the better". Levy won the "Computer Press Association Award" for a report he co-wrote in 1998 on the Year 2000 problem.

Levy was a contributor to Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Software Catalog, first published in 1984.

In 1978, Steven Levy rediscovered Albert Einstein's brain in the office of the pathologist who removed and preserved it.[1]

Levy received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and earned a Master's degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University.[2] He lives in New York City with his wife, Pulitzer Prize winner Teresa Carpenter, and son.


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Essays and reporting

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  1. "Einstein's Brain". About Steven. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. "About Steven Levy".
  3. Wired often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton on the NSA, Safe Sex, and American Exceptionalism" online.
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