Andrew Orlowski (born 1966) is a British columnist, an investigative journalist and editor of the news and opinion website The Register . [1] [2]

Journalism career

In his youth, Orlowski had been involved in a school magazine called Within These Walls , and a fanzine named Paradise Demise . [3] Moving from Northallerton , Yorkshire, to Manchester in 1984, he studied at University of Manchester and then took a course in computer programming . [3] He worked as a programmer in Altrinchamin the early 1990s, and later said that he found a lot less creative than I’d expected, and this being my first job I soon got disillusioned. [3]

Orlowski wrote reviews for Manchester City Life magazine from 1988, and in 1992 started an alternative newspaper called Badpress in Manchester . [3] In 1994 he found computer corresponded to Private Eye magazine. [3] [4] In the late 1990s, he wrote for PC Pro [5] and was news editor at IT Week . [6] Today, Orlowski is a columnist and executive editor of IT news and opinion website The Register ; He was based in San Francisco for five years in the early 2000s, reporting for The Register , but returned to England in 2006. [1] [7]


In 2003, Orlowski coined the term googlewashing to describe the potential for accidental or intentional censorship of concepts through the way search engines like Google Search operate. [8] An article in The New York Times [9] commenting on worldwide anti-war demonstrations had stated that “there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion”, and the term “the Second Superpower”Suddenly acquired widespread currency. [8] However, within a few weeks, most of the top search engine results for something else, Because a prominent blogger had used the same term in what Orlowski described as a “plea for net users to organize themselves as a superpower.” [8] [10] The blogger’s room Was So well linked and N Widely commented upon online que le first FEW pages of Google hits in a search for “the second superpower” all Were about His New meaning, with the original anti-war meaning Relegated to “other links not shown because they are deemed to be irrelevant.” [8] Even the term googlewashing itself has come to be “googlewashed” in a similar manner, with Orlowski’s original definition temporarily disappearing from the top Google search results for the term.

Writings on techno-utopianism

Orlowski is a frequent writer on techno-utopianism . [13] Concerning the political influence of Google , Orlowski has said, “The web is a secular religion at the moment and politicians go to pray at events like the Google Zeitgeist conference. Will get himself photographed with the Google boys. […] It’s the big regulatory issue of the next 10 years: how politicians deal with Google. Price and defines the terms of business. ” [14]

Commenting on the vision of the technological singularity , a future time When people and machines Would combines to form a new superintelligence, and at least a share of humanity might Overcome biological limitations like death and disease, He Has Stated That “The Singularity is not the Great vision for society that Lenin had or Milton Friedman might have. It’s rich people building a lifeboat and getting off the ship. ” [13]

In December 2004, Orlowski Was Invited to a panel discussion is techno-utopianism at Harvard Law School ‘s Berkman Center for Internet and Society . [15] He was Assistant Producer of Adam Curtis ‘ 2011 BBC TV series on techno-utopianism, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace . [16]

English Wikipedia criticism

Orlowski takes a critical view of English Wikipedia , noting in 2005, “Readability, which was not great to begin with, has plummeted. [17] [18] In a 2005 BBC article, Bill Thompson said Orlowski was “scathing in his site as a cult-like organization where faith triumphs rationality, and even suggest we look at English Wikipedia as a massively scalable, Online role-playing game ‘where’ players assume fictional online identities and many “editors” do just that. ” [19]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Contact the Register” . The Register . Retrieved 19 January 2012 .
  2. Jump up^ Bob Dickinson (27 November 1997). Imprinting the sticks: the alternative press beyond London . Arena. p. 229. ISBN  978-1-85742-234-4 . Retrieved 1 October 2012 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:e Bob Dickson, A Rech in the Rain , Badpress
  4. Jump up^ Porn Internet: “Government report suppressed”, PR Newswire, 6 September 1996
  5. Jump up^ “Sci / Tech | The key debate on encryption” . BBC News. 30 January 1998 . Retrieved 30 April 2013 .
  6. Jump up^ “IT Week: Tim O’Reilly Open Source Talks” . Linux Today. 31 March 1999 . Retrieved 30 April 2013 .
  7. Jump up^ [1] ArchivedSeptember 25, 2012 at theWayback Machine.
  8. ^ Jump up to:e Andrew A. Adams; Rachel McCrindle (15 February 2008). Pandora’s Box: Social and Professional Issues of the Information Age . John Wiley & Sons. pp. 122-123. ISBN  978-0-470-06553-2 . Retrieved 30 September 2012 .
  9. Jump up^ PATRICK E. TYLERPublished: February 17, 2003 (February 17, 2003). “THREATS AND RESPONSES: NEWS ANALYSIS, A New Power In The Streets – New York Times” . . Retrieved 30 April 2013 .
  10. Jump up^ Andrew Orlowski,Anti-war slogan coined, repurposed and Googlewashed … in 42 days, The Register , 3 April 2003
  11. Jump up^ “Google washes whiter” .
  12. Jump up^ Kevin Heisler. ” ” Googlewash “Is Googlewashed by Online Reputation Defenders” . Search Engine Watch .
  13. ^ Jump up to:b Vance, Ashlee (12 June 2010). “In the Singularity Movement, Humans Are So Yesterday” . The New York Times .
  14. Jump up^ David Smith (17 August 2008). “Google, 10 years in: big, friendly giant or a greedy Goliath? Media | The Observer” . London: Guardian . Retrieved 30 April 2013 .
  15. Jump up^ Mistakes Techno Utopians Make: Fantasy Politics and the Disappearing SocialDecember 2004
  16. Jump up^ “Are the creative industries losing the PR battle on legislative reform?” M: PRS for Music online magazine M: PRS for Music online magazine – PRS for Music Online Magazine ” . M magazine. 5 February 2013 . Retrieved 30 April 2013 .
  17. Jump up^ Salas, Randy (7 November 2005). “Web search; What’s wrong with Wikipedia (SOURCE)” . Star Tribune . Retrieved 2 October2012 .  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  18. Jump up^ “Wikipedia: magic, monkeys and typewriters” .
  19. Jump up^ Thompson, Bill (16 December 2005). “What is it with Wikipedia?”. . Retrieved 23 December 2011 .

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