Elise Hu

Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms. Beginning in 2015, she will be assigned to the network's new bureau in Seoul, South Korea.

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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5:18am

Sat December 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Instagram Vs. Twitter And Europe Vs. Google

Instagram topped Twitter in active users in its latest count.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

If you've been too busy finalizing holiday vacation plans and buying gifts, we're here to catch you up on the tech headlines you may have missed from NPR and beyond.

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10:08am

Sat December 6, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Online Threats, N. Korean Threats And RIP Clip Art

Sony Pictures is still investigating who hacked its systems and leaked sensitive information, including unreleased films.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

The week in tech began with arguments before the Supreme Court and ended with another data breach. This time it's the clothing chain Bebe. Here's a look back at other tech stories you should know about from NPR and beyond.

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5:30pm

Thu December 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 12:32 pm

James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen in The Interview. The North Korean dictator promised "merciless counter-measures" if this film was released.
Ed Araquel AP

The most closed country on earth — North Korea — is now denying its involvement in one of the biggest corporate hacks in history.

Someone attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment last week and made public troves of stolen data, including five unreleased films, medical records and salaries of nearly 7,000 global employees. But before a recent denial — another North Korean diplomat played coy about the country's involvement.

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2:01pm

Mon December 1, 2014
All Tech Considered

As Supreme Court Considers Online Threats, An Update On Justin Carter

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 11:57 am

An undated photo of Justin Carter, who's facing a felony "terroristic threat" charge in Texas.
Courtesy of Jack Carter

The Supreme Court is tackling an interesting question Monday: When is a seemingly threatening online message a crime?

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10:33am

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:12 pm

The Ferguson Public Library.
Elise Hu NPR

The Ferguson Public Library is just a block away from the center of demonstrations at the Ferguson Police Department. As we've reported, when violent protests this week led to the burning of more than a dozen businesses and the uncertainty caused schools to close, the library stayed open.

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4:58pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

The Psychological Effects Of Seeing Police Everywhere In Ferguson

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:31 am

A police officer guards a closed street where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

After a night of unrest and violence, police are posted at every intersection in Ferguson, Mo. National Guard troops man camouflaged Humvees in strip mall parking lots. The governor ordered more. Is it making the community feel safer?

One thing's for sure: It's keeping people from moving about as they normally would during this holiday week.

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2:26am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Crowds Confront Police, Businesses Burn In Ferguson Chaos

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:07 am

Police gather on the street as protesters react after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests.
Charlie Riedel AP

In the moments before midnight in Ferguson, so many businesses were ablaze at once, and so many demonstrations had broken out in St. Louis County neighborhoods, that a local officer put it this way: "We've lost control of the area a little bit; we recommend just getting out of the area completely."

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3:35pm

Mon November 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

Silicon Valley's Power Over The Free Press: Why It Matters

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 5:26 pm

Facebook may not create stories, but it's the largest distributor of news stories for many news organizations.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

A big shift happened in news and information over the past few years: The people who write news and information no longer control the distribution of it. Technology companies do.

Specifically it's Facebook and Twitter — the large social platforms created in Silicon Valley.

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5:30am

Sat November 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Obama Rocks The Net Neutrality Debate

Oh, what a tangled web. President Obama weighs in on regulating the Internet.
Michael Bocchieri Getty Images

Each week, we take a look back at headlines in the technology and society space, but Monday's net neutrality move by President Obama was the biggest headline by a mile. So we've tweaked the typical roundup to focus on net neutrality, with some additional headlines at the end.

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10:13am

Wed November 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

The Data You're OK Sharing And What You Don't Want Others To See

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:28 am

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How do Americans feel about privacy? It depends on what you consider "sensitive" information. A Pew Research Center survey finds that a vast majority of respondents are concerned about government surveillance and the commercial use of personal data, but they are OK with sharing some personal information — just not certain types.

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4:30pm

Mon November 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

HealthCare.gov's Tech Improvements Mean You Can Now Window Shop

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:59 am

Consumers can window shop on HealthCare.gov leading up to open enrollment, which starts Saturday.
AP

HealthCare.gov barely worked when it launched last fall, with only six people able to enroll in a plan on opening day.

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10:28am

Mon November 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

The White House Is Backing Strong Open Internet Rules

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 3:34 pm

The White House is backing the Internet.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

On the same morning net neutrality demonstrators showed up at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house to protest a plan that could let broadband providers charge for "fast lanes" to the Internet, the demonstrators found unexpected support from the White House.

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6:01am

Sat November 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: The New U.S. CTO, Silk Road 2.0, Amazon Echoes Siri

Megan Smith (left) is the new U.S. chief technology officer. We profiled her on Morning Edition this week.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Happy weekend, folks. Here's our weekly roundup of the headlines in tech, from NPR and beyond.

ICYMI

Ms. Smith Goes To Washington: In our profile of the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, she talks about unconscious bias, how she fell in love with science and how being in tech over the past few decades as changed her.

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4:16pm

Tue November 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

Domino's Becomes A Tech Company That Happens To Make Pizza

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:20 pm

A stats board displayed at the Domino's flagship store in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Emily Fox Michigan Public Radio

If we asked you to name a few technology companies, Google or Microsoft might come to mind. But one tech company that isn't so obvious is Michigan-based but globally present Domino's Pizza.

In recent years, the company has gotten noticeably good at something that wasn't always its focus — developing technology products to get pizzas to people more easily.

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3:17am

Tue November 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

From Silicon Valley To White House, New U.S. Tech Chief Makes Change

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 1:13 pm

Megan Smith is the new U.S. chief technology officer.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

11:24am

Thu October 30, 2014
Business

Apple's Tim Cook In Rare Company As Publicly Gay Chief Executive

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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5:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

Apple Pay is promoted on signs placed at the cash register of a Whole Foods supermarket in New York.
Bryan Thomas Getty Images

It's the weekend, which means it's time to look back on the week in technology that was. As your handy NPR One listening app says, here we go...

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12:00pm

Thu October 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:18 pm

In a photo released by Tsinghua University in Beijing, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks with students there on Wednesday.
AP

10:03am

Wed October 22, 2014
All Tech Considered

Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 11:16 am

A new Pew study finds that of all online environments, only online gaming is viewed as "starkly" more welcoming for men.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

As the ongoing, harassment-fueled controversy known as Gamergate rages into its second month with no sign of dying down, the Pew Research Center is out with new numbers on online harassment.

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5:36am

Sat October 18, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Apple and Facebook's decisions to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs sparked a lively debate on the message it sends to women.
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How will technology and gaming need to change to be welcoming for women? We've been exploring the issue for years. This week, the debate rages anew with a development out of Silicon Valley, and a new chapter in the still raging Gamergate controversy.

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1:34pm

Tue October 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Snapchat And Dropbox Breaches Are Really Third-Party-App Breaches

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:33 pm

Snapchat's logo.
Carl Raether Flickr

What can get lost in a flurry of news about Dropbox and Snapchat getting hacked is that the companies themselves deny they were hacked at all.

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4:31pm

Mon October 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

How Millennials Are Reshaping Charity And Online Giving

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:28 am

The Manhattan-based headquarters of Charity: Water.
Elise Hu NPR

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Millennials are spending — and giving away their cash — a lot differently than previous generations, and that's changing the game for giving, and for the charities that depend on it.

Scott Harrison's group, Charity: Water, is a prime example. Harrison's story starts in New York's hottest nightclubs, promoting the proverbial "models and bottles."

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5:49am

Sat October 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Who's Offline, How Hong Kong Connects, How Google Works

Protesters rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Sept. 29. They're using old and new forms of tech to stay connected.
Xaume Olleros AFP/Getty Images

Another week whizzed by with no shortage of tech news and headlines. Here's a look back and what we were up to here at NPR and some notable coverage from our friends in the media and blogosphere.

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2:39pm

Thu October 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

The Cycling Desk: Work Out And Charge Your Phone During A Trip

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 4:35 pm

The WeBike cycling desk can be found at airports and train stations across in Western Europe.
WeWatt

Amsterdam is famous for its laissez-faire attitude about extracurricular activities, its beautiful canals and of course, its bicycles. Now, even if you only have a layover at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, you can get in some pedaling, and power your phone and other devices at the same time.

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5:59pm

Tue September 30, 2014
All Tech Considered

EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:46 pm

EBay announced it will split from the payments service PayPal, forming two independently traded companies beginning in 2015.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

A big breakup is happening in the business world. Online retailing giant eBay is splitting up with its payments operation, PayPal, sometime in 2015. The move comes at a prime opportunity for PayPal, as the future of online payments is still being charted.

When PayPal first came on the scene in the late 1990s, it simplified making online purchases in a way that users adopted, fast.

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12:57pm

Mon September 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:59 pm

People check their phones at a pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong on Monday.
Alex Ogle AFP/Getty Images

As throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong's central business district, many of them are messaging one another through a network that doesn't require cell towers or Wi-Fi nodes. They're using an app called FireChat that launched in March and is underpinned by mesh networking, which lets phones unite to form a temporary Internet.

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7:58am

Sat September 27, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Apple's Gaffes, Shellshock And Hello Ello

Apple CEO Tim Cook walks off stage after speaking during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It's time for your weekly look back at the tech headlines from NPR and beyond. Let's get to it ...

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7:06pm

Fri September 26, 2014
All Tech Considered

Shellshock Bug's Impact Could Be Huge, But It's Unclear For Now

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Mac OS and Linux operating systems are most at risk for the Shellshock bug.
iStockphoto

Hundreds of millions of computers and networks are at risk after a bug called Shellshock was found this week. It turns out it's actually been around for a while — it took 22 years to discover this bug. If exploited by hackers, the impact could be huge.

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5:12am

Sat September 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma celebrates as the Alibaba stock goes live on Friday.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

It was a big Friday for Alibaba, which opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at the wildly high $92.70 per share. But that wasn't the only tech news this week, so let's get to our roundup.

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12:47pm

Thu September 18, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple: iOS 8 Prevents Cooperation With Police Unlocking Requests

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:16 pm

Apple, which unveiled iOS 8 at June's Worldwide Developers Conference, says it will be technologically unfeasible for police to extract data from its new operating system.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Apple's latest mobile operating system — iOS 8 — is now available, and with it, a new technical hurdle for law enforcement. The company says it will be technologically impossible to access data on phones and iPads running iOS 8, because it won't allow user pass codes to be bypassed.

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