My name is Andrea Peterson
I am a person who writes things on the Internet — mostly about the Internet.
Right now, I'm investigating federal surveillance and technology issues for the Project On Government Oversight.
In the past, I wrote a majority of my words for The Washington Post, where I covered technology policy for three and half years, or ThinkProgress. But you can also find some of them at Politico, The Daily Beast, Slate, Science Progress, and the Sunlight Foundation.
A few of my greatest hits include a frontpage story from the Snowden cache about how the National Security Agency used Google's ad-tracking tech to identify targets to infect with malware, breaking news about the cryptowars while explaining to readers how encryption works, and revealing that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's phone was hacked for months.
Before turning my obsession with writing about scary digital stuff into a job, I cut my teeth in Democratic politics around my beautiful home state of Kansas then did online communications and analytics work for the Center for American Progress.
I live in Washington, D.C. with my husband and two cats named after obsolete office equipment. The cats, not the husband. My interests beyond Internet words include board games, going outside, and mechanical typewriters.
Seriously, I have four typewriters.
In my "spare" time I also do a lot of creative projects, including a band called MidMountain that performs original feminist murder ballads and an extremely DIY podcast called Murder, She Sang that tells the true crime stories behind Appalachian murder ballads.
Want to get in touch, digitally?
Let's do it! If it's about government oversight work, ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"You down with PGP?"
Yeah, you know me. My fingerprint for my work email is:
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But if I'm being honest, I'd rather use Signal. Ask me for my number via email.
I'm also on LinkedIn, if you're into that.
If it's personal, email me at email@example.com.
My fingerprint for my personal email is:
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