I am a software engineer from Ireland. My professional experience is in user research, user advocacy and user interface development. Most of my work has been in areas to do with addressing the digital divide.
I joined Wikipedia in 2004 and began contributing regularly in 2006. I took a wikibreak in 2008 and contributed less actively as an IP. I wrote the essay, IPs Are Human Too, based on my experience during that period.I have degrees in social science, interactive media and user-centered design.
My most frequent area of contribution is on issues around Irish interest, in particular politics- and history-related topics. Given my professional background, I also contribute to template development and image requests. I also keep a bot, written using an API I developed.candidates for speedy deletion and requests for intervention against vandalism. I also sporadically attack other admin backlogs.