Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner

Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner (twitter @datacurtain) is a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is the author of the 2014 book “What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It.” The Washington Post named the book one of 50 books notable works of non-fiction in 2014. Reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post and the Financial Times.  He has lectured in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Mauritius and he has appeared on media including CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, the BBC, VOA, WNYC, Al Jazeera, and PRI's The World.


From 1996-2011 he worked for Reuters News Agency as Balkans bureau chief based in Belgrade, Serbia, San Francisco bureau chief, and reporter posted in Moscow, Berlin and Washington D.C. He has written for Forbes, Scientific American, Pacific Standard, Slate and other magazines. His next book, “The Big Health Data Bazaar: Uncovering a Multi-Billion Dollar Trade in Our Medical Secrets,” will be published in January 2017.

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