David Talbot joined the Berkman Klein Center in 2015 to lead a project researching municipal fiber-optic networks and business models and now serves a broader role helping his Berkman Klein colleagues on a variety of editorial outputs. A journalist for most of his career, David spent nine years as chief correspondent at MIT Technology Review, for which he frequently covered Internet policy and communications technology topics (and once discovered that The Internet is Broken). His feature on Barack Obama’s 2008 social networking campaign was chosen for the Best Technology Writing annual series published by Yale University Press.
Before his time at MIT Technology Review, David was a reporter at the Boston Herald, where he won an Overseas Press Club of America award for a project reported in Ecuador on the class action lawsuit against Texaco (now Chevron). David was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT during the 1999-2000 academic year.
David serves as an elected commissioner with the Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), a municipal electric utility serving 29,000 customers in four towns north of Boston. In that role he is working to expand solar generation, educate the public on peak-hour demand reduction, and identify ways RMLD can leverage its own fiber optic network.
His Berkman Klein fiber-optic research efforts can be found on this project page.
His works of journalism include: