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David hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.

About David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz is a journalist, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President’s Book of Secrets, and, according to CNN, "is one of America’s foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on saving and creating jobs."

In 1998, David founded ZATZ Publishing, one of the first technology magazine publishers on the Internet. Over the course of 16 years, ZATZ reached millions of readers with news and articles focusing on collaboration, email and online safety, digital lifestyle, and photography.

After 16 years leading ZATZ, David found a new calling in teaching and advising, which became the focus for his encore career. David now coordinates with teams, rather than managing them. He has students rather than employees. He has evolved from founder to advisor, publisher to columnist, and manager to professor.

David is dedicated to providing adults with continuing education, helping them grow or transition their careers and digital lifestyles in these challenging times. He has a very active social media presence and has used resources like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to create ad-hoc educational opportunities for tens of thousands of knowledge-seekers worldwide.

David holds the titles of Distinguished Lecturer and Scholar in Residence for ZDNet, a Red Ventures company (formerly CBS Interactive), and is currently the host of the ZDNet DIY-IT blog where he warps space/time with neat hacks, cool do-it-yourself projects, business survival tips, and commentary that peels paint. He is also the host of the ZDNet Government blog, ZDNet’s politics and policy coffeehouse, where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.

His work on hands-on projects has led to another form of outreach: facilitating donations of 3D printers to schools and community maker spaces. In partnership with desktop fabrication vendors worldwide, David has arranged for the donation of more than a dozen 3D printers to community learning facilities in Florida and Oregon. He has also arranged for the donation of other technology resources, including centralized network storage and desktop computers.

In early 2015, tens of thousands of nonprofits worldwide were faced with losing their funding due to the impending shutdown of Seamless Donations. In an effort to save the good works produced by these nonprofits, David adopted the free and open source software project, and has continually enhanced its fund-raising capabilities and security features. In the time since David initially took on the curation of Seamless Donations, it has enabled more than ten thousand nonprofits to raise millions of dollars for their causes.

Described by ZDNet as "part mad scientist, part celebrity author, and part shadowy government advisor," David is a frequent guest on TV and radio stations across America and can usually be heard or seen on-the-air regularly. He has been interviewed by Fox News, CNN, various ABC and NBC affiliates, and Canada’s Global TV. He has been a featured guest on National Public Radio and has been a regular guest featured on the BBC, as well as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Radio Liberty where his commentaries on technology, industry, and emerging nations have been broadcast into 46 countries (all in their own unique translations).

David has been introduced on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 as "a leading Presidential scholar" and is known for his non-partisan national security analysis of the Bush White House email controversy. He is the author of the book Where Have All The Emails Gone? How Something as Seemingly Benign as White House Email Can Have Freaky National Security Consequences, which explores the controversy from a technical perspective and, according to The Intelligence Daily, is "the definitive account about the circumstances that led to the loss of administration emails."

He is the author of How To Save Jobs: Reinventing Business, Reinvigorating Work, and Reawakening the American Dream, which was excerpted on weekly from 2009 through 2010. David is also the author of The Flexible Enterprise, the classic book that served as a foundation for today’s agile business movement.

David, who Mother Jones describes as "a nationally recognized expert on email and other IT matters," has published thousands of articles about technology, competitiveness, and national security policy. David has also been a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and is a full member of the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

He is the Cyberwarfare Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a special contributor to Frontline Security Magazine and Cybersecurity Advisor and Curator for The Economist. He was also the IT Advisor for the Florida Public Health Association. David is a member of the FBI’s InfraGard program, the security partnership between the FBI and industry, where he helps protect media and cybersecurity critical infrastructure. He is also a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the National Defense Industrial Association, the leading defense industry association promoting national security.

David has lectured on cybersecurity to American military and policy leaders at the National Defense University. He has also lectured on cybercrime prevention to the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He is regularly called on for cyberwarfare advice by CBS News, 60 Minutes, and the BBC. In 2012, he led a team that included senior White House officials in a nationwide cyberattack simulation. David is also a former CNN contributor. You can read more of his work on his CNN Anderson Cooper 360 blog.

Many of David’s lectures and webcasts are available online and have been sponsored by HP, Google, Dell, Intel, IBM, Oracle, and SAP, among others. On behalf of CBS Interactive (now Red Ventures), its readers, and its partners, David produces and delivers webcasts, lectures, briefing papers, advisory statements, opinion pieces, and detailed analysis on topics including IT infrastructure, cloud computing, cloud security, cybersecurity, mobile technology, big data, along with enterprise and SMB strategies.

For 12 years, David taught object-oriented programming as a member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley extension and is currently an advisory board member for the school’s continuing education program. David was an assistant professor of computer science at Mercer County Community College, has given guest lectures at Princeton, Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford, and has been awarded the prestigious Sigma Xi Research Award in Engineering.

Earlier in his career, he was an executive at Symantec Corporation. More than a decade before YouTube, in partnership with Apple (where he was given the title "Godfather"), David developed the first commercial live video authoring tool. He also served on the board of the Software Entrepreneurs Forum (now SDForum) in Santa Clara County, California. He was also an executive at large-scale computing pioneer Pyramid Technology, where he created a special program known as "PRISM".

David is the creator of ZENPRESS, one of the first content management systems for Internet magazine production. He was also the lead developer of the MySQL and SQLite database extensions for the open-source Frontier Kernel project and has designed embedded database technology that was used by more than 2,000 companies, universities, and government agencies.

David is an entertaining and electrifying speaker. Whether offering insight into technology trends, helping small and large businesses remain competitive in a wildly changing world, providing a broader perspective on policy matters, or helping leaders understand the big technology and security challenges facing citizens throughout the world, David makes complex topics understandable, difficult issues compelling, and challenging concerns actionable and solvable.

Weaving a tapestry of industry, politics, security, and technology, he brings a unique and powerful perspective to all his audiences. Known for their clarity and insight, his articles, lectures, radio, and TV, and online interviews and shows reach millions of people worldwide.

David holds a B.S. Computer Science honors degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.Ed. with a specialty in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

Some of David's affilliations...

ZATZ Publishing

ZATZ Logo David is the founder of ZATZ Publishing, one of the first technology magazine publishers on the Internet.

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ZDNet / CBS Interactive

ZDNet/CBSi Logos David is CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer. He also hosts ZDNet's DIY-IT and ZDNet Government blogs.

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U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute

USSPI Logo David is Director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit research and policy organization.