Nick Bilton is a New York Times technology and business columnist and lead blogger for The New York Times Bits Blog. His background spans design, journalism, hardware hacking, data visualization and photojournalism.
Bilton is currently working on his second book, The Twitter Story, published by Penguin/Portfolio. The book will chronicle the story of Twitter, from its inception to today, along with the business, societal and human implications of the company.
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.
Bilton’s columns and articles for The New York Times have led to investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and Congress. 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 initiate a committee reviewing its rules. Bilton writes regularly about Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Silicon Valley; his columns have covered gun control, privacy, voting, free speech online and digital culture.
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, which offers hardware and programming classes and allows people to collectively work on innovative open source hardware and robotics projects. Bilton was also an Adjunct Professor at NYU / ITP teaching a class called “1, 2, 10,“ and another titled, “Sensors As Reporters.”
Prior to working at The Times, Bilton worked in the film industry with Mirimax Films and the advertising & branding industry as a Creative Director, and, although he is not proud of it, he designed the first Britney Spears doll.
Bilton lives in San Francisco, Calif., with his dog, Pixel.