Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New Mastermind: Ben Hammersley, a British writer, journalist, and photographer

Ben Hammersley is a British writer, journalist, and photographer, currently based in Florence, Italy.
Having previously written as the first Internet reporter for The Times, he is currently a multimedia reporter for Guardian Unlimited.

Unlike many technology writers, Hammersley often reported from dangerous countries, working in Iran and Afghanistan. After travelling undercover to interview the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Hammersley moved toward war correspondence and foreign reporting. In 2006, he was embedded with both British and American troops in Afghanistan, shooting video for The Guardian and Guardian Unlimited.

Hammersley is also the author of technical books and programmers' guides, notably with O'Reilly Media. He has been influential in the RSS community, writing the first book on the subject. He coined the term podcasting, in an article for The Guardian. Between 2004 and 2006, he built and maintained the weblogs of The Guardian, including Comment is free. He is attributed with the first Warchalking in the wild, on a street corner in Kensington, London in June 2002.

Hammersley also regularly contributes to congresses and conferences, such as the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention and the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. He is a member of the advisory council of the Open Rights Group. He is renowned for speaking whilst wearing a utilikilt.

Having completed the Marathon des sables, he is currently planning a solo manhauling expedition to the North Pole, to be completed in 2007.

Read his full story at Wikipedia.

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