1.0 and Editor at Large, CNET
Esther Dyson is editor at large at CNET Networks,
where she is responsible for its monthly newsletter,
Release 1.0, and its PC Forum, the high-tech
market's leading annual executive conference.
As editor at large, she also contributes insight
and content to CNET Networks' other properties.
She sold her business, EDventure Holdings,
to CNET Networks in early 2004. Previously,
she had co-owned EDventure and written/edited
Release 1.0 since 1983.
At Release 1.0 and in her private investment
activities, Dyson focuses on emerging technologies,
emerging companies and emerging markets. Among
the topics she has covered for Release 1.0
recently are social software and social networks,
registries of people and things, the Internet,
the transformation of e-mail to "Meta-mail,"
identity management, and the use of "consumer"
Internet services such as Yahoo! eBay and
Google by small businesses.
By 1994, she had already explored the impact
of the Net on intellectual property (among
other things, why many software products are
now turning into online services). In 1997,
she wrote a book on the impact of the Net
on individuals' lives, "Release 2.0:
A design for living in the digital age."
It includes a number of chapters about today's
hot topics such as security, privacy, anonymity
and intellectual property.
Dyson is also an active player in discussions
and policy-making concerning the Internet
and society. From 1998 to 2000, she was founding
chairman of ICANN (the organization responsible
for overseeing the Domain Name System). A
variety of government officials worldwide
turn to her for advice on Internet policy
In addition, she donates time and money as
a trustee to emerging organizations (Bridges.org,
the National Endowment for Democracy and the
Eurasia Foundation). For several years in
the '90s she was chairman of the Electronic
After graduating from Harvard in economics,
Dyson began her serious career in 1974 as
a fact-checker for Forbes and quickly rose
to reporter. In 1977 she joined New Court
Securities as "the research department,"
following Federal Express and other start-ups.
After a stint at Oppenheimer covering software
companies, she moved to Rosen Research and
in 1983 bought the company from her employer
Ben Rosen, renaming it EDventure Holdings.
The daughter of an English physicist and a
Swiss mathematician, Dyson started traveling
in Eastern Europe in 1989 and eventually helped
to fill the small but vital vacuum at the
intersection of Eastern Europe, high-tech
and venture capital, even as she remains active
in the US and Western Europe.