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David Kirkpatrick

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

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 a wide range of tech topics, Kirkpatrick is regularly ranked one of the world’s top technology journalists.

He created Fortune’s Brainstorm conference series in Aspen starting in 2001, and in July 2008 was program director for Brainstorm Tech, a multi-disciplinary event in Half Moon Bay, California.

Kirkpatrick appears regularly at conferences worldwide and on TV, radio, and Net video. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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