Last updated 23 Nov 2005
In 2001 Danny Silverman was almost prevented from graduating high school because he took a stand against web censorship. He then wrote up his experience and got it published on Salon.com, where it was met with mixed reactions.
Before that, Danny worked for a small non-profit creating software and curricula for teaching at-risk students how to read and learn and use the internet. After that, he interned at MP3.com just as that company was shutting its doors. He didn’t learn much about high tech companies, except perhaps that he didn’t want to work at one, because each week his boss was fired and he was assigned to someone else, who ignored him because come on people, their jobs are on the line, they don’t have time to deal with some intern. Ironically, he outlasted all of them — the wonders of not getting paid and not having anyone to tell you to stop coming in.
In the spring of 2005 Danny landed an internship at the Berkman Center working on the Filtering project, a logical extension of the excitement in high school. After he graduated Brandeis University in May of that year with a degree in American Studies and minors in Internet Studies, Journalism, and Legal Studies (and about a thousand web development projects under his belt, including redesigning just about every aspect of the massively complicated Brandeis web), he was hired on at Berkman full-time to take care of systems and the people that use them.
When Danny isn’t dealing with the computers at work, he’s often fiddling with his computers at home, with occasional breaks to do more human things like watch good TV shows (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who), hike, climb mountains, read books, and try to figure out how to be a photographer. He has been posting regularly to AgBlog.com since May 2001.