John Edwards

Writes About Technology

John Edwards is one of the technology revolution's most prolific and widely published writers. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CFO Magazine, NewsMax, Defense Systems, Defense News-C4ISR & Networks, Law Technology News, Computerworld and many other publications.

A tech journalism pioneer, John launched his career in the 1970s by writing articles for amateur radio hobbyist publications. As the budding microcomputer industry gained momentum, John became a regular contributor to the first generation of home and business computer magazines, including onComputing, Popular Computing, Kilobaud and Interface Age. He was also an early contributing editor to both PC Week and MacWeek. During this period, John reported on and reviewed many of the era’s major hardware and software products, including the Apple IIe and IIc, the first Macintosh, MS-DOS, Lotus 1-2-3 and Windows 1.0.

John’s work began appearing online as early as 1983. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, John wrote daily news and feature articles for both the CompuServe and Prodigy online services. John’s regular “Behind the Screens" commentaries, which began a decade-long run on CompuServe in the early 1980s, made him the world's first paid blogger. As a consultant, John helped launch and edit ZiffNet's daily news operation, forming the foundation of a service that later became one of the Internet's leading technology news providers.

In 1984 John co-authored The Law Office Guide to Small Computers (Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill), the first comprehensive guide to the acquisition, deployment and use of desktop computers inside a law offices.

By the 1990s John’s byline was appearing in a wide range of technology, business and general-interest publications, including CIO Magazine, CFO Magazine, Electronic Business, Upside, Line56, Wideband, Mobile Computing, Laptop Magazine, Men's Health and American Way (American Airlines' in-flight magazine). In the first decade of the 21st century, John became a columnist for PricewaterhouseCoopers' CommunicationsDirect news service and The Economist’s business intelligence unit. He also edited a VoIP newsletter for FierceMarkets.

In 2004, John wrote
Leveraging Web Services (AMACOM), one of the first books to examine how the Web could be used to create new business services. John’s next book, 2005‘s Telecosmos (John Wiley & Sons), predicted many of today’s Internet-based fixed and mobile communications technologies. Also in 2005, John authored The Geeks of War (AMACOM), a book that raised the veil concealing academic, government and military research labs.

Today, John continues writing in multiple technology areas, including telecommunications, virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, radiolocation, semiconductors and cutting-edge laboratory research. His work appears in Computerworld, RFID Journal, Electronic Design, IEEE Signal Processing and a variety of other publications. He also contributes content to publications and websites sponsored by AT&T, Oracle, Cisco, Dell, IBM and other organizations. John maintains top-level contacts with technology leaders at corporate, government and academic enterprises. Over the years, John has interviewed scores of technology pioneers, including Gordon Bell, Steve Wozniak, Michael Dell and several Nobel Prize winners.

John's hobbies include collecting vintage ocean liner memorabilia and experimenting with wireless data technologies via his amateur radio station, W6JE.