The Markup is a new kind of journalistic organization, staffed with people who know how to investigate the uses of new technologies and make their effects understandable to non-experts. Our work is scientific and data-driven in nature. We develop hypotheses and assemble the data through crowdsourcing, through Freedom of Information requests and by scraping public sources to surface stories.
We will publish our stories on our own site, and also through distribution partnerships with other media. We plan to distribute our work in multiple forms, including text-based stories, podcasts, radio appearances and video formats.
We are a nonprofit newsroom and we will publish our articles under a Creative Commons license so that others can freely republish our work. Whenever possible, we will also publish the data and code that we used in data-driven investigations, as well as a detailed methodology describing the data, its provenance and the statistical techniques used in our analysis. We hope that academics, journalists, policy-makers and others will be able to evaluate our data, replicate our analysis and build on our work.
The Markup’s website does not expose readers to any third-party tracking. The Markup will collect as little personal information about our readers as possible, and we will never monetize this data.
Julia Angwin founded The Markup to produce meaningful data-centered journalism about technology and the people affected by it.
Before founding The Markup, she led investigative teams at ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance,” (Times Books, 2014) and “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009). She has a B.A. in mathematics from The University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia University.
She is a winner and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.
Nabiha Syed is responsible for legal, communications, development, finance, and human resources at The Markup.
Before joining The Markup, Nabiha was vice president and associate general counsel at BuzzFeed, where she counseled on newsgathering, libel, and privacy matters worldwide. Under her leadership, the company successfully defended against libel litigations arising out of the publication of the Steele dossier and initiated numerous notable access litigations. Prior to BuzzFeed, Syed co-founded the nation’s first media access law clinic, currently in its tenth year of operation at Yale Law School, and served as a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times.
Nabiha has been described as “one of the best emerging free speech lawyers” by Forbes magazine, and a “real reporter’s lawyer” by the Reporter’s Committee for the Freedom of the Press, which recognized her with an inaugural award in 2018. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout.
Evelyn Larrubia works with our talented staff of journalists to find and tell stories that show how technology and the use of data affect us all. She believes independent nonpartisan journalism is central to a healthy democracy.
She has decades of experience reporting and editing accountability and investigative journalism, including 12 years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her most important stories have been built on data analysis that exposed wrongs, and told through a human lens.
Before joining The Markup, she was Executive Editor of public radio’s Marketplace and, before that, Managing Editor of News and Investigations for KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR news station.
Her work has garnered more than a dozen national journalism awards, including the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Scripps Howard Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Investigative Reporting. She was a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford and in 2017 CCNMA named her Latina Journalist of the Year.
Simon Fondrie-Teitler keeps The Markup’s servers secure and stable.
Before joining The Markup, he worked as a software developer, systems administrator, and SRE for various startups as well as The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He has also contributed to Free Software projects, including Debian and MediaGoblin.
Xavier Harding is bilingual, able to translate tech-gibberish into plain English. His favorite stories to write are those that turn elaborate abstractions into relatable scenarios that help people understand the effects of technology on their lives.
His work has appeared in Mic, Popular Science, IBT Media/Newsweek, among others. And he won two Webby Awards for a story on the shortcomings of cameras to properly light dark-skinned actors.
Adrianne Jeffries works with the data journalism team to discover and tell stories about inequality, examine the power platforms exert, and explore the consequences of automating decisions.
Before joining The Markup, she worked as a reporter for The Verge, managing editor at Motherboard, and editor and reporter at The Outline. She started writing about tech a decade ago as a reporter for what was then called ReadWriteWeb and has also freelanced for The New York Times, Businessweek, and Zero Point Zero Production.
Jon Keegan is passionate about revealing the hidden patterns created by our interactions with the big platforms. He is happiest when his computer's fan is running full-tilt while collecting millions of rows of data.
Prior to The Markup, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, researching signals of trust in online news and studying the role of AI in journalism. He also worked at The Wall Street Journal for 18 years, where he ran the interactive graphics team.
Jon's work has won several journalism awards, including the Loeb Award, the Society of Professional Journalists' Excellence in Journalism Award and the Society of News Design's Best of Digital Gold Award.
Lauren Kircher writes about the intersection between government and technology and how the use of data in decisions affects us all, particularly the most vulnerable.
She previously worked at ProPublica, where she was part of the team of reporters and programmers who were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for their "Machine Bias" series.
Her reporting on technology and criminal justice has appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and Pacific Standard magazine, among others. Lauren began her journalism career at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.
An engineer by training, Surya builds tools and gathers data to tell stories about how algorithmic systems perpetuate systemic biases and inequalities in society.
Prior to The Markup, Surya was the data reporter at Gizmodo’s Special Projects Desk and a contributing researcher at Propublica. He has also worked as a researcher at Bell Labs, Data & Society and the MIT Media Lab.
At ProPublica, he was part of the team which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for the series "Machine Bias." At Gizmodo, "The House that Spied on Me" won the National Press Foundation’s Technology in Journalism award and was also made into a TED talk.
From his current base in Hong Kong, Aaron Sankin reports on how technology can be used to harm marginalized people. His focus is on platform governance, online extremism, and regulatory policy.
Prior to joining The Markup, he covered online extremism for the Center for Investigative Reporting, where he launched the Hate Report newsletter and co-created the Hate Sleuths citizen journalism initiative. Before that, he was a senior staff writer at the Daily Dot and a founding editor of the Huffington Post's San Francisco vertical.
His work has earned various awards, including a 2018 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Award and a 2018 Webby Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Motley Fool, and Gizmodo.
Maddy Varner extracts datasets from public documents and databases to help build a more concrete understanding of how organizations use technology to predict and affect behavior — and the problems in those assumptions.
Prior to The Markup, she was a researcher at ProPublica, where she was on a team that won a Loeb Award for Beat Reporting in 2017 for "Monetizing Hate", a series of stories that examined Facebook's ad practices.
Leon Yin works with other journalists on the team to translate story ideas into testable hypotheses — the cornerstone of our journalism. He is interested in creating datasets and methodologies to shed light on the interactions between technology and society.
Before joining The Markup, he was a research scientist at NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation lab, an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute and a software engineer at NASA.
He contributes to several open source Python projects including the YouTube Data API, urlExpander and Disinfo Doppler.
The Markup is supported by its readers, and by the following organizations: Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which is a collaborative funding effort backed by the Knight Foundation, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the Hewlett Foundation and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.