NANCY SCOLA is a journalist, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on the intersections of technology and politics.
She is currently a freelance magazine writer based in Washington D.C. Her deeply reported feature stories on the role technology plays in modern politics and the history that informs it have appeared in publications like New York, Wired, The Information, Washingtonian, and The Atlantic. She is a contributing writer at POLITICO Magazine.
In academia, Nancy teaches digital journalism, digital theory, and strategic communications at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and McDonough School of Business.
She is a speaker at universities, think tanks, and conferences, focusing on the changing media landscape, the regulation of tech companies, the art of political campaigning, and evolutions in democracy and power. She has spoken at Yale Law School, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, SXSW, Aspen Institute España, and beyond. For speaking requests, contact email@example.com.
Nancy also appears on podcasts to discuss current events, trends, and intellectual debates, including POLITICO’s “Dispatch,” “Nerdcast,” and “Money” podcasts, as well as Slate’s “What’s Next.” She was a co-host for POLITICO's “Global Translations” podcast, focused on the battle over 5G, international trends in content moderation, and China’s tech landscape. She also wrote and hosted an on-demand, five-minute audio series for POLITICO putting Washington’s breaking news on tech in context, called “The Future This Week.”
She is also the publisher of a newsletter on technology and politics, called Slow Build.
Earlier in her career, Nancy was a senior technology reporter at POLITICO and a staff writer at the Washington Post. She was the lead writer for techPresident, a groundbreaking newsletter on the intersections of technology and politics.
Before transitioning to journalism, Nancy worked in politics and government, including as a professional staffer member on the Committee on Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Nancy is a graduate of both the George Washington University (B.A., anthropology/Africana studies) and Boston University (M.A., anthropology), and lives in D.C.’s Hill East neighborhood. On Twitter, she’s @nancyscola.
SELECTED FEATURE STORIES
WIRED Magazine "Her argument goes like this: Too many newsrooms have lost their way by catering to elite readers..."
New York Magazine "Khan’s central argument is that none of this is inevitable; rather, it’s the product of legal and policy choices..."
POLITICO Magazine "'It started with tuna,' explains Congressman Ken Buck, when asked why he doesn’t use Google."
The Information "'It's "freedom from poverty" money,' she says. 'It's "freedom from Venezuela’s totalitarian regime" money."
Washingtonian Magazine "All that’s changed over the past decade or so, as eating became a political act for a much wider swath of people."
POLITICO Magazine "Said one Twitter official: 'I can’t imagine a world where Jack looks at her and says, No.'”
POLITICO Magazine "It’s a gathering defined by public accountability, with two centuries of rules and norms..."
POLITICO Magazine "...fusing novel pressure tactics with the weight of legacy civil rights groups."
POLITICO Magazine "Is Nick Clegg changing Facebook for the better—or putting a fresh shine on deep problems?"
Washingtonian Magazine "Goodstein’s ability to make a full-blown movement seem to have sprung from nowhere..."
POLITICO Magazine "An algorithmic lobbyist sounds like a joke. But it’s already here. Here’s who the robots are coming for next."
Next City "Jennifer Pahlka is playing devil’s advocate. 'You can't,' she says, 'solve the world's problems through apps.'"
Next City "Americans have been hiring driven cars for more than a century. Laws have accumulated governing that exchange..."
The Atlantic "...a battle over the future of the global network that brought him face-to-face with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police."
Is Andrew Yang for Real?, POLITICO Magazine
U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra: The Interview, The Atlantic
This Startup Wants to Make Your Data Plan Dirt Cheap, WIRED/Backchannel
Tech & the City, Next City
Is Tech Dividing America? A Q&A with MIT's David Autor, POLITICO Magazine
What It's Like to Be Filmmaker to the President, The Atlantic
Inside Airbnb's Cuban Invasion, Next City
Silicon Valley Sends Ambassador to Trump's Coal Country, POLITICO Magazine
Washington's I.T. Guy, The American Prospect
The New Interface of Governance, Seed Magazine
Is Coronavirus Killing Off Cash?, POLITICO Magazine