Josh Begley

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Josh Begley
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Born 1984 (age 32–33)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Known for Digital Art

Josh Begley (born 1984) is an American internet artist. He is best known for creating an iPhone app to track every reported United States drone strike.[1]

In July 2012, Begley developed an iPhone application that would send a push notification every time there was a US drone strike in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia. Apple rejected the app three times,[2] calling its content "crude and objectionable".[3] Begley then created Dronestream, a Twitter account chronicling every reported US drone strike (since the first one in 2002),[4] for Douglas Rushkoff's Narrative Lab. It gained 16,000 followers in the first week.[5][6]

In June 2012, Begley and two other New York University graduate students, Mehan Jayasuriya and James Borda, received a cease and desist letter from Invisible Children for their Kony 2012 parody website, Kickstriker.[7][8]

In 2014, after five rejections, Apple accepted Begley's iPhone app.[9] It was then approved as Metadata+, before once again being removed by Apple.

A graduate of University of California, Berkeley and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Begley currently works at The Intercept with journalists Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, and Laura Poitras.[10]


Begley is represented by The Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.[11]



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