|Born||April 23, 1975|
|The Atavist, Wired Magazine, The New Yorker|
Evan Ratliff (born c. 1976) is an American journalist and author. He is CEO and co-founder of Atavist, a media and software company. Ratliff is a contributor to Wired Magazine and The New Yorker.
Ratliff is one of the co-authors of Safe: the Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World. His article "The Zombie Hunters: On the Trail of Cyberextortionists," written for The New Yorker in 2005, was featured in The Best of Technology Writing 2006.
In August 2009 Ratliff and Wired magazine conducted an experiment, wherein Ratliff "vanished" as far as knowledge of his physical whereabouts. Wired offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who could find him before a month had passed. During the experiment, Ratliff remained "on the grid," communicating with his followers on Twitter. The Google Wave development group proposed using the exercise as a test case for the new technology pushing the frontier of real-time web activity. NewsCloud set up its Facebook application community technology to report on the story and enhance community behind the #vanish hash tag. Ratliff used a specially created blog to taunt his "hunters," and Facebook groups emerged to team up and find him, while other groups formed to help him remain at large. He eventually was tracked and found on September 8, 2009, in New Orleans by @vanishteam, a group participating in the challenge to find him.
Ratliff left a coded message — FaLiLV/tRD:aN/HA:aSaTS; TW—tRS/tEKAA/tBotV; FSF—TItN/tGG/tCCoBB; JC—LJ/HoD/aOoP; JM—JGS/MWS/tBotH — which has been translated to be the authors and titles of a variety of books.
- Gillette, Felix. "Innovator: Evan Ratliff, Business Week (Jan. 20, 2011).
- Martha Baer; Katrina Heron; Oliver Morton; Evan Ratliff (2005), Safe: the race to protect ourselves in a newly dangerous world, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-06-057715-5
- Brendan I. Koerner, ed. (2006), The best of technology writing 2006, University of Michigan Press, p. 264, ISBN 978-0-472-03195-5
- "Wired.com/vanish". Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
- Catch This Writer If You Can and Win $5k ABC News, Aug. 26, 2009
- @theativist (Evan Ratliff's Twitter account)
- Google Wave API group post
- VanishTeam[dead link]
- "Newscould Launches Quick Response VanishTeam Facebook Application to Find Evan Ratliff in Wired's Vanishing Experiment,"Newscloud blog (August 2009). Archived 2009-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
- EvanOffGrid Blog
- The Search for Evan Ratliff
- Run, Evan, Run!
- Thompson, Nicholas (September 8, 2009). "Evan Ratliff Is Caught!". Wired.
- "vanish.team". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
|Wikiversity has learning resources about Evan Ratliff|
- Detailed account of "Vanishing" experiment
- "12 TO WATCH IN 2012: Evan Ratliff of The Atavist – Building Software to Tell Stories," The Observer (January 18, 2012)