Nick Bilton is a New York Times technology and business columnist, and lead writer for The New York Times, Bits Blog. His background spans journalism, design, hardware hacking, data visualization and photojournalism.
Bilton is currently working on his second book, The Twitter Story, published by Penguin/Portfolio 2013. The book will chronicle the story of Twitter, from its inception to today, along with the business, societal and human implications of the company.
Bilton’s columns and articles for The New York Times have led to companies being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and are often cited in Congressional filings and hearings. In late-2011, Bilton began questioning the Federal Aviation Administration’s arcane rules banning Kindles and iPads during takeoff and landing. His reporting helped push the F.A.A. to start a committee to review its rules. Bilton writes regularly about Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Silicon Valley; his columns cover gun control, privacy, voting, free speech online, digital culture, media and business.
His first book, titled I Live in the Future: & Here’s How It Works, was published by Random House and explored the effects today’s changing culture is having on our brains — looking at key research taking place in neuroscience and memory labs around the world.
Previously, Bilton worked as a User Interface Specialist & Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that could become commonplace in the next 2-10 years.
Outside of The Times, Bilton helped co-found NYCResistor, a hardware hacker space in Brooklyn, NY. He was also an Adjunct Professor at New York University, teaching a class called “1, 2, 10,“ and another titled, “Sensors As Reporters.”
Bilton lives in San Francisco, with his dog, Pixel.