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Casey Newton, Zoë Schiffer

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The writers behind this newsletter.

  • Casey Newton

    Casey Newton is the founder and editor of Platformer, a publication about the intersection of tech and democracy. Prior to founding Platformer in October 2020, Newton was the longtime Silicon Valley editor of The Verge.

  • Zoë Schiffer

    Managing editor of Platformer

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