Kevin Fogarty

Kevin FogartyCIO

Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer, editor, and analyst who has covered every unprecedented, technology-driven shift in the firmament of business and society since before the invention of the web. His stories describe the impact of new technology in terms accessible to non-specialists but he personally has been mocked as a geek by technical experts in a dozen abstruse beats, including networking, cloud computing, security, hacktivism, defense and cyberwar, virtualization, data-centerĀ  and mobile technologies, web development, social networking, big data and robotics. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe,, InformationWeek, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and a range of cut-and-paste content-aggregation sites.

How the Cloud Keeps Fuel and Cash Flowing When the Power Goes Out

A trucking and construction business finds an alternate plan for keeping business active during a hurricane -- in the cloud.

'Web Page Censored' Code Proposed

Analysis: A Google developer proposes HTTP Error Code 451 to indicate content was censored by authorities.

How Quickly Can Your Password be Cracked?

Analysis: "Strong" isn't a detailed password-rating; go for a quintillions possible combos, add a symbol.

Pirate Bay Takes Survey About Sharing

The notorious file-sharing site polls Internet users on their file-sharing habits, attitudes, and perceptions of laws.

How a Non-Tablet Changed the Tablet Market

Amazon's Kindle Fire is so capable, so packed with features, and so cheap that no tablet but iPad can compete.

CIA Eager to Enlist Inanimate Internet Spies

Internet of Things will let appliance-assisted spies snoop on anyone without ever leaving their desks.

Shooting Cellphone Video is Not a Felony (in Illinois)

An Illinois judge reverses trend on cops who arrest bystanders recording the action on video.

Protect Your Online Privacy: Lie

If you're not committing fraud, you're not required to give your correct name to Google or anyone else.

Feds Yank Another Site -- Even Without SOPA

Analysis: The Secret Service takes down JotForm and restores it without explanation; perhaps the anti-SOPA hysteria wasn't alarming enough.

Online Dating Sites: Seek Love, Find Privacy Violations

Analysis: The Electronic Frontier Foundation evaluates privacy efforts from online dating sites and finds little substance.

RIAA Chief Hits New Heights of Hypocrisy in Pro-SOPA NYT Op-Ed

Accuses opponents of most of the sins of his own industry, plus a few he just made up.

Music Business Tunes for Next Copyright Fight

After the SOPA defeat, the music industry assembles a wish list to boost legal protection, despite soaring digital revenues.

Symantec's Security Slips

Analysis: The recent record includes two major hacks, two major delays admitting fault, and risk to customers.