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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12:00pm

Tue September 10, 2013
All Tech Considered

Gotta Be Honest, We're Not That Geeked About Apple's Reveal

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:48 pm

Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones on Tuesday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Leaks to tech industry sites give us a sense of what to expect from Apple's coming product announcement: Not one, but two new iPhone models. One will be more affordable, to reach international markets. The other, which we believe will be called the iPhone 5S, will come in gold or champagne colors.

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2:26pm

Mon September 9, 2013
All Tech Considered

Net Neutrality In Court: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 3:27 pm

The future of the Internet is at stake in a case before a D.C. court.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

The beauty of the Internet — and the reason for its ubiquitous place in our lives — is that just about anyone can use it to offer services, products or information. But the link between what's out there on the Internet, how fast it gets to us and how much data can get to us is dependent on Internet service providers and the rules that govern them. That's where things get thorny for the principle of net neutrality.

If your eyes are already glazing over, consider this: This debate could affect the speed, quality and cost of your Hulu or Netflix binge-viewing.

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1:51pm

Fri September 6, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Encryption Disrupted; Anonymity Online

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:09 pm

Circuit board
Marilyn Nieves iStockphoto.com

Monday's Labor Day holiday shortened our week, but there was no shortage of news in the tech space. Herewith, our weekly roundup to help catch you up.

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7:18am

Fri September 6, 2013
It's All Politics

Q&A: How To Do Political Coverage Better In The Twitter Age

Reporters watch the final minutes of the presidential debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney last October in Denver.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Curious about how social media sped up news cycles, amplified trivial events on the trail and enabled Washington's "worst tendencies" during the 2012 presidential race, one of the nation's top young political reporters decided to take a deeper look.

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12:10pm

Wed September 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Data Marketers Know What You Bought Last Summer

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 4:09 pm

The online purchases you make help form a data profile that marketers use to sell you more stuff. A new site lets you see what data the marketers have on you.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

If you've ever wondered just how much marketing companies know about you, whether it's your education or income or purchase preferences, today you can see for yourself.

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1:45pm

Thu August 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Fast-Food Restaurants That Require Few Human Workers

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:11 pm

The Febo snack bar is open all night.
Adam Jackson Flickr

In perhaps the largest nationwide fast-food strike in history, the employees who make your 99-cent burgers and tacos were planning strikes in 50 U.S. cities Thursday. Workers are calling for a $15 minimum wage and hoping to raise attention to the fast-food industry's low pay and limited prospects. The current federal minimum wage standard is $7.25 per hour.

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12:28pm

Wed August 28, 2013
All Tech Considered

Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:36 pm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer oversaw a system called "stack ranking," which employees have called toxic.
David Becker Getty Images

In the flood of stories about Steve Ballmer's time at the helm of Microsoft, a troubling symbol of the company's office culture keeps emerging. It's called "stack ranking," a system that had corrosive effects on Microsoft employees by encouraging workers to play office politics at the expense of focusing on creative, substantive work.

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6:12pm

Tue August 27, 2013
All Tech Considered

Outage Summer: What To Know About The Syrian Electronic Army

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:39 pm

The New York Times headquarters building in New York City.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

In the latest hacking that brought down The New York Times on Tuesday, evidence points to the activist group of hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army. This group also took out The Washington Post briefly last week and has used phishing attacks to take control of NPR.org and other national news organizations in previous months. The Washington Post notes:

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2:54pm

Tue August 27, 2013
All Tech Considered

Facebook: U.S. Wanted Data On 20,000 Of Its Users This Year

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 7:22 pm

Facebook has issued a report on government requests for its user data.
Flickr Scott Beale

In its first "Global Government Requests Report," Facebook has released details on the number of requests it has gotten from government agents for user data.

Facebook reveals that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.

Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users globally.

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4:26pm

Mon August 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

Inside The 'Bossless' Office, Where The Team Takes Charge

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:44 pm

The headquarters of Menlo Innovations, a software design firm in Ann Arbor, Mich. At Menlo, there are no cubicles, few walls and no offices.
Elise Hu NPR

Cubicle culture can be so confining that it's become a cliche. A line from the cult film classic Office Space sums it up: "I have eight different bosses right now," grouses bleary-eyed tech company employee Peter Gibbons. "So that means when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation. It's not to be hassled."

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1:54pm

Mon August 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

'I'd Tap That' And Other NSA Pickup Lines Are All The Rage

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:58 pm

An anti-NSA protester in Washington, DC.
Steve Rhodes Flickr

News that National Security Agency officers sometimes abuse domestic intelligence gathering practices to monitor potential love interests has led to a sweeping, satirical response by The People of The Internet. On Tumblr and Twitter, the #NSAPickupLines and #NSALovePoems hashtags have sparked all sorts of creativity from users poking fun at the potential intrusion of the NSA into our personal lives.

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1:00pm

Fri August 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: National Security, Privacy And Ballmer

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:27 pm

Glenn Greenwald is the blogger and journalist who broke the story about widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency. His partner, David Miranda, was detained at London's Heathrow Airport earlier this week.
Sergio Moraes Reuters/Landov

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

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3:25pm

Wed August 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: Hey, You're Taking Too Long In The Shower

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 8:16 am

The Uji shower head will be available for sale in early 2014. Its light turns from green to red as the shower progresses.
Courtesy of Brett Andler

This week's innovation pick is a shower head that reminds you you're taking too long. The Uji shower head gradually turns from green to red as users linger in the shower.

"It encourages [people] to take shorter and more energy efficient showers," said one of the co-inventors, Brett Andler. "By letting people become aware of how long they're in the shower, we've actually been able to cut shower time by 12 percent."

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2:46pm

Mon August 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

The End Of Buttons: The New Gesture-Control Era

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 6:58 pm

BlackBerry smartphones on a table during a "BlackBerry Brunch" in June in Berlin.
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1:12pm

Fri August 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:24 pm

A rendering of the proposed Hyperloop's passenger transport capsule.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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