Elise Hu

Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

She joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters who helped launch The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools. She's also an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

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2:58am

Fri May 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:52 am

"People are grappling with identity when they become parents, and they're also grappling with identity in terms of who we are online," says psychologist Daphne de Marneffe (not pictured).
Jonathan Ross iStockphoto

You can't miss 'em. Baby pictures have flooded so many Instagram and Facebook feeds that an app is now available to block them, if you want. But as the newness of social media collides with an experience as old as time — motherhood — researchers are beginning to study its sociological and psychological impacts.

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12:34pm

Tue May 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 1:25 pm

Attendees line up to enter the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco in May 2013.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In case you missed it, Europe's highest court has set a new precedent: Individuals in 28 European countries can now request the removal of search results they consider harmful. Is this ruling a big win for the individual? Or does this break the Internet?

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6:07am

Sat May 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

Beats headphones are sold alongside iPods in an Apple store in New York City. Apple is reportedly considering buying Beats for more than $3 billion.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Another week in tech is wrapping up with talk of another multi-billion dollar buy. Let's get to it with our roundup, starting with the ICYMI section, which features stories we've been telling on air and online, the Big Conversations in tech and closing with our Curiosities — other fun links you should see.

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4:02pm

Mon May 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:12 am

Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer is limited to testing drones indoors.
Courtesy of Drone Journalism Lab

5:36am

Sat May 3, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense

Debate rages about the Federal Communications Commission's proposed net neutrality guidelines.
Jeremy Brooks Flickr

It's the weekend, which means it's time for your review of the technology and culture headlines from NPR and beyond.

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7:19am

Wed April 30, 2014
All Tech Considered

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:08 pm

The Golden Goose will retail for around $24.
Courtesy Y Line Product Design

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit with this form.

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5:28am

Sat April 26, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Look At The Cloud, Aereo In Court, Net Neutrality

Paul Hopkins of DuPont Fabros stands on the roof of company's newest Silicon Valley data center. "It's about the same size and length as a Nimitz aircraft carrier," he says.
Steve Henn NPR

It was another busy week in the technology and society space, so we'll dive right into your weekly roundup:

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12:53pm

Wed April 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 11:25 pm

Volvo's inflatable car seat is a concept and not a marketable product right now.
Courtesy of Volvo

Forget wearables, let's talk about inflatables.

Volvo's new child safety seat concept is a fully inflatable device designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

So compact is this prototype that it goes from a stylish-looking backpack into a rear-facing car seat in less than a minute. You can pump it in the car — the seat comes with its own pump — and it's Bluetooth-connected so you could pump it remotely.

When inflated, the seat weighs just under 11 pounds.

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4:33am

Wed April 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 8:02 am

A Google data center in Oklahoma is shown. Google recently slashed prices for its cloud services; Amazon responded by cutting its cloud prices.
Connie Zhou AP

This week, our tech reporting team is exploring cloud computing — the big business of providing computing power and data storage that companies need, but which happens out of sight, as if it's "in the cloud."

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1:19pm

Mon April 21, 2014
All Tech Considered

America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:03 pm

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America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation has been growing rapidly, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage of Americans who say they used the Internet went from nearly zero in 1990 to 87 percent this year.

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5:08am

Sat April 19, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction

Google and other tech companies reported earnings this week, amid fears of another tech bubble bursting.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was really only one tech story last week — the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.

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4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:30 pm

Courtney Cranch tends bar at The Red Hen in Washington, D.C., where she estimates at least half her customers have smartphones out at mealtime.
Elise Hu NPR

When we asked you about the changing norms for smartphone use in public spaces, hundreds of stories poured in.

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10:49am

Sat April 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:50 pm

Each new billion-dollar IPO is raising the speculation that another tech bubble will soon burst.
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Site administrators were sent scrambling this week when researchers disclosed the potentially catastrophic Heartbleed bug, a coding error that left much of the Internet vulnerable to data theft since March 2012. Here's our look back at Heartbleed coverage — and more.

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5:00pm

Thu April 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 5:32 pm

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in February 2013.
Jeff Chiu AP

Google Glass, the computer and camera you wear on your face, can be yours starting next Tuesday. Google has been rolling out Glass to a select group of "Explorers" since early 2013, but soon, anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 plus tax can get a headset at this link.

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5:08pm

Wed April 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:27 am

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.
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With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — has been bleeding out information, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.

"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.

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