My name is Andrea Peterson
I am a person who writes things on the Internet — mostly about the scary and wonderful parts of the Internet.
Professionally speaking, I'm a journalist with extensive experience reporting on cybersecurity, privacy, and surveillance. Right now I do investigative reporting at the Project On Government Oversight. From 2013 to 2016, I covered technology policy for The Washington Post. While at the Post, I helped break stories from the cache of National Security Agency documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden and news about the Obama administration’s internal deliberations about encryption policy. Prior to the Post, I reported for Think Progress. My work has also been published by Slate, The Daily Beast, Politico, Science Progress, and the Sunlight Foundation. (I'm a Jawhawk with bachelor’s degrees in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Kansas, but my Japanese is very rusty.)
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 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. I'm also making a mortality-based card game, and I bet you're sensing a theme here. Many of these personal projects are branded Plain Great Productions.
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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