Steven Levy is an American journalist who has written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the internet, cybersecurity, and privacy.
Steven is the Editor-at-Large at Wired. He was previously Chief Technology Writer and a Senior Editor for Newsweek. Steven has had articles published in Harper's, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. He is regarded as a prominent and respected critic of Apple Inc. In July 2004, Steven wrote a cover story (which also featured an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs) which unveiled the 4th generation of the iPod to the world before Apple had officially done so.
In 1984, he wrote a book called Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in which he described a "hacker ethic", which became a guideline to understanding how computers have advanced into the machines that we know and use today. He identified this hacker ethic to consist of key points such as that all information is free, and that this information should be used to "change life for the better".
Steven won the "Computer Press Association Award" for a report he co-wrote in 1998 on the Year 2000 problem. Steven was a contributor to Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Software Catalog, first published in 1984. In 1978, Steven rediscovered Albert Einstein's brain in the office of the pathologist who removed and preserved it.
Steven received his Bachelor's degree from Temple University and earned a master's degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University.