|Born||1976 (age 39–40)|
|Notable credit(s)||The Atavist, Wired Magazine, The New Yorker|
Evan Ratliff (born c. 1976) is an American journalist and author. He is CEO and co-founder of Atavist, a media and software company. Ratliff is a contributor to Wired Magazine and The New Yorker.
Ratliff is one of the co-authors of Safe: the Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World. His article "The Zombie Hunters: On the Trail of Cyberextortionists," written for The New Yorker in 2005, was featured in The Best of Technology Writing 2006.
Ratliff conducted an experiment by vanishing as far as knowledge of his physical whereabouts. Wired offered a $5000 reward for anyone who could find him. During the experiment, he was still "on the grid" and communicating with his followers on Twitter. The Google Wave development group has proposed using the phenomenal ploy as a test case for the new technology pushing the frontier of real-time web activity. NewsCloud set up its Facebook application community technology  to report on the story and enhance community behind the #vanish hash tag. Ratliff used his specially created blog to taunt the "hunters", and Facebook groups emerged to team up and find him  and other groups formed to help him remain at large  He was tracked and found on September 8, 2009, in New Orleans by @vanishteam, a group participating in the challenge to find him.
Wired also released a playlist of songs from Ratliff could can be listened to and downloaded. The @runningratliff may have been Ratliff posting, and included the DVD of Pursuit, a 1972 Michael Crichton film featuring Martin Sheen and set in San Diego. @runningratliff also mentioned SDIA (thought to be San Diego International Airport). See Is Evan in San Diego?
- Gillette, Felix. "Innovator: Evan Ratliff, Business Week (Jan. 20, 2011).
- Martha Baer; Katrina Heron; Oliver Morton; Evan Ratliff (2005), Safe: the race to protect ourselves in a newly dangerous world, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-06-057715-5
- Brendan I. Koerner, ed. (2006), The best of technology writing 2006, University of Michigan Press, p. 264, ISBN 978-0-472-03195-5
- Catch This Writer If You Can and Win $5k ABC News, Aug. 26, 2009
- @theativist (Evan Ratliff's Twitter account)
- Google Wave API group post
- EvanOffGrid Blog
- The Search for Evan Ratliff
- Run, Evan, Run!
- Thompson, Nicholas (September 8, 2009). "Evan Ratliff Is Caught!". Wired.
|Wikiversity has learning materials about Evan Ratliff|
- The Atavist
- Full Story
- Cazart — Ratliff's blog
- "12 TO WATCH IN 2012: Evan Ratliff of The Atavist – Building Software to Tell Stories," The Observer (January 18, 2012)