Mike Masnick

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Mike Masnick
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Masnick at Techdirt Greenhouse in 2006
Born Michael Masnick
(1974-12-08) December 8, 1974 (age 43)
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Editor, entrepreneur
Known for Founder of Techdirt

Michael "Mike" Masnick (born December 8,[1] 1974) is an American editor and entrepreneur. He is the CEO and founder of Techdirt, a weblog that focuses on technology news and tech-related issues. Masnick is also the founder and CEO of the company Floor64[2] and a contributor at BusinessWeek's Business Exchange.[3]

Before founding Floor64, Masnick worked in business development and marketing at Release Software, an e-commerce startup, and in marketing at Intel. He has a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA, both from Cornell University.[2]

He coined the term "Streisand effect" on the Techdirt blog in January 2005,[4] and was interviewed about it three years later on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.[5]

Masnick was named by Google in the Oracle v. Google patent and copyright dispute, because he has been paid to write articles by the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which Google funds as one of the members.[6] Masnick also disclosed that a series on the site was funded by Oracle and Intel, and said Oracle did not include this in their filing.[7][8]

Masnick was also seen as a major force in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill introduced in 2011 that was broadly supported by the media and entertainment industries. As Marvin Ammori, a lawyer who advocates on internet freedom[disambiguation needed] issues, put it, "I’m not sure anyone did more to educate the public about SOPA than Techdirt."[9]


  1. ^ Masnick, Mike (October 21, 2008). "Techdirt: The Uneasy Balance Between Wikipedia and the Truth". Techdirt. 
  2. ^ a b "Mike Masnick". The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ BusinessWeek's Business Exchange - Mike Masnick Archived 2009-02-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ “Is Leveraging the Streisand Effect Illegal?”, techdirt.com, July 13, 2006.
  5. ^ Robert Siegel (February 29, 2008). "The Streisand Effect' Snags Effort to Hide Documents". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. The episode is the latest example of a phenomenon known as the "Streisand Effect." Robert Siegel talks with Mike Masnick, CEO of Techdirt Inc., who coined the term. 
  6. ^ "Google names names in amended 'shills' list". 
  7. ^ Mike Masnick (May 4, 2010). "As More Services Move To The 'Cloud' What Does It Mean For IT Security?". Techdirt. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  8. ^ Mike Masnick (August 24, 2012). "Apparently I'm A Google Shill And I Didn't Even Know It". Techdirt. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  9. ^ Owens, Simon (January 21, 2016). "How this blogger became one of the most influential voices in tech policy". Medium.com. 

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