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Sarah Jeong
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Jeong speaking at the XOXO festival in 2016
Born1988 (age 29–30)
South Korea
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Harvard Law School
EmployerThe Verge
Notable workThe Internet of Garbage

Sarah Jeong (/ʌŋ/; born 1988) is an American journalist specializing in information technology law and other technology related topics. Jeong was a senior writer for The Verge, and in September 2018 joined the editorial board of The New York Times. She was previously a contributing editor for Vice's Motherboard website. She is the author of The Internet of Garbage, a non-fiction book about online harassment.

Early life

Jeong was born in South Korea in 1988,[1] and moved to New York with her parents when she was three years old.[2] Her parents were students at the time and Jeong immigrated as their dependent; she later received a green card while attending college, and became a US citizen in 2017.[2]

Jeong attended the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School, where she was editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.[1]


Jeong writes on law, technology and internet culture.[3][4] She is a senior writer for The Verge and previously served as a contributing editor for Vice's Motherboard section, as well as writing articles for Forbes, The Guardian, and The New York Times.[5][6][7] Jeong and Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins published an email newsletter called "5 Useful Articles" about copyright law and the internet[8][9][10] from 2014[11] to 2015.[12] In 2015, she covered the Silk Road trial for Forbes.[13][14] In the fall of 2015, she was invited to Yale University under a Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.[6][15]

Also in 2015, Jeong published The Internet of Garbage, a non-fiction book on online harassment and responses to it by media and online platforms.[16] The book discusses active moderation and community management strategies to improve online interactions.[17]

In January 2016, Jeong posted a tweet criticizing some Bernie Sanders supporters' online behavior towards women and supporters of Black Lives Matter.[18][19] A campaign harassing Jeong ensued that lasted for weeks and included threats of sexual violence; it drove her to make her Twitter account private and take an unpaid leave from her job at Motherboard.[18][19]

In 2017, Forbes named Jeong in its "30 Under 30" media list.[20]

In August 2018, Jeong was hired by The New York Times to join its editorial board as lead writer on technology, commencing in September.[21] The hiring sparked a strongly negative reaction in conservative media, which highlighted derogatory tweets about white people that Jeong had posted mostly in 2013 and 2014.[22][23] Critics characterized her tweets as being racist; Jeong apologized for the comments,[24][25] which she said were meant to satirize online harassment toward her as a woman of color.[26][27] The Times stated that it had reviewed her social media history before hiring her, and that it did not condone the posts.[22][23] Editors at The Verge defended Jeong, saying that the tweets had been disingenuously taken out of context[28][25][26] and comparing the episode to the harassment of women during the Gamergate controversy.[25][24][27]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Sarah Jeong". Forbes. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lind, Dara. "A legal journalist on the 'surreal' experience of becoming a US citizen under Trump". Vox. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Andy. "Inside Google's Justice League and its AI-powered war on trolls". Wired. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Newitz, Annalee (January 15, 2016). "How Twitter quietly banned hate speech last year". Ars Technica. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sarah Jeong profile". The Guardian. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "TODAY: Legal reporter Sarah Jeong to discuss 'How to Cover a Futuristic Cybercrime Trial'". Yale University. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Jeong, Sarah (January 17, 2017). "Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Insult — as a Registered Trademark?". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Sankin, Aaron (December 21, 2014). "Why newsletters are the future of online media - The Kernel". The Kernel.
  9. ^ Kulwin, Noah (September 8, 2014). "The Best Newsletters on the Web, the Man Behind Alibaba and More Morning #Mustreads". Recode. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Schultz, Colin (June 19, 2014). ""Sherlock Holmes" Is Now Officially Off Copyright and Open for Business". Smithsonian. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Higgins, Parker (March 30, 2014). "Newsletter launch: 5 Useful Articles". Parker Higgins' Blog.
  12. ^ "Five Useful Articles Twitter account". Twitter. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  13. ^ McNeil, Joanne (February 6, 2015). "The Internet is Real". The Message.
  14. ^ Roy, Jessica (January 28, 2015). "All the Weird Stuff That's Happened in the Silk Road Trial So Far". New York Magazine Daily Intelligencer.
  15. ^ "About Poynter". Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications. February 23, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Newitz, Annalee (June 23, 2016). "What if we treated online harassment the same way we treat spam?". Ars Technica. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Stone, Maddie (September 1, 2015). "Fantastic Science and Tech Books that Will Reboot Your Brain for Fall". Gizmodo. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  18. ^ a b Greenberg, Andy. "Inside Google's Justice League and its AI-powered war on trolls". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Sanders fans go on online attack". BBC News. January 28, 2016.
  20. ^ "30 Under 30 2017: Media". Forbes. 2017. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sarah Jeong Joins The Times's Editorial Board". The New York Times Company. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  22. ^ a b "NY Times stands by new hire Sarah Jeong over Twitter furor". Associated Press. August 2, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "NY Times stands by 'racist tweets' reporter". BBC News. August 2, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Uberti, David (August 3, 2014). "Sarah Jeong, The New York Times, and the Gamergate School of Journalism". Columbia Journalism Review.
  25. ^ a b c Sharman, Jon (August 3, 2018). "Technology journalist who tweeted 'cancel white people' is victim of 'dishonest' trolls, claims employer". The Independent.
  26. ^ a b Wolfson, Sam (August 3, 2018). "New York Times racism row: how Twitter comes back to haunt you". The Guardian.
  27. ^ a b Rosenberg, Eli; Logan, Erin B. (August 3, 2018). "An Asian American woman's tweets ignite a debate: Is it okay to make fun of white people online?". The Washington Post.
  28. ^ Kludt, Tom (August 3, 2018). "New York Times stands by new hire amid Twitter backlash". CNNMoney.

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