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David Kirkpatrick is the author of The Facebook Effect and an organizer of the Techonomy conference. Previously, he was the senior editor for internet and technology at Fortune Magazine. He specialized in the computer and technology industries, as well as in the impact of the Internet on business and society. His book, The Facebook Effect, is about Facebook's history and how it is changing behaviors across societies worldwide, was recently published. He maintains a blog at facebook.com/thefacebookeffect.

Kirkpatrick began writing about computing and technology for Fortune in 1991. In May 2008 he published "Microsoft After Gates," a definitive account of Microsoft's prospects and challenges as its founder stepped away. Other recent Fortune features have examined MySpace, Second Life, and Technology in China. Known for his weekly "Fast Forward" column on... See More

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