Elise Hu

Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

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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3:22pm

Mon July 22, 2013
All Tech Considered

U.K. Cracking Down On Porn, Blocking It Unless Users Opt In

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to block Internet porn by default on all British computers.
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Every home in the United Kingdom will be blocked from accessing pornography through Internet connections, under new measures announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron. When these go into effect later this year, Internet users who want to access porn will have to opt in with their Internet providers.

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11:30am

Fri July 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Tech Week That Was: Phone Upgrade Plans And TV's Future

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 12:25 pm

Cord-cutting was among the top tech topics this week.
Pennuja via Flickr

So much fascinating tech and culture news, so little time. But we certainly think you should see the journalism that's catching our curiosity each week, so each Friday we'll round up the week that was — the work that appeared in this blog, and from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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11:04am

Thu July 18, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Companies Issue Loud Call For Surveillance Transparency

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:44 am

A Ukrainian activist protests the NSA Internet surveillance program.
Sergei Supinsky Getty Images

Apple, Google, Microsoft and a broad coalition of major tech companies are making a loud call for greater government disclosure of digital communications monitoring.

In a letter out today, an alliance of 63 companies and groups are calling for dramatically increased transparency around U.S. government surveillance efforts. This comes as the companies — and individual Americans — continue to grapple with recent revelations of a sweeping surveillance program led by the National Security Agency.

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1:34pm

Tue July 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Bedding Innovation For People Who Hate Making Their Beds

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 3:51 pm

Smart Bedding demo photo.
Courtesy of Smart Bedding

In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Last week we featured the sink-urinal. (Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.)

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2:52pm

Mon July 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Did Social Media Help Ease Tensions After Zimmerman Verdict?

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 10:21 am

Trayvon Martin supporters sit in New York City's Times Square on Sunday after marching from a rally for Martin in Manhattan.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Calm largely prevailed after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman Saturday night in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Law enforcement and community leaders had prepared for potential unrest, and riots had been feared for months. Slate's Dave Weigel sums up the fears:

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4:06pm

Thu July 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

Anonymous Person Posts $500,000 Bond To Free Texas Teen

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

Justin Carter, the 19-year-old who was arrested and jailed in February after making a Facebook comment about a school shooting, is out of jail. An anonymous donor posted the $500,000 bond to allow Carter to go home. Carter plans to stay near New Braunfels, Texas, to await his trial on a felony terroristic threat charge.

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11:02am

Thu July 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Man Who Predicted Google Glass Forecasts The Near Future

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 11:44 am

Physicist and writer David Brin, in Xian, China.
Courtesy of David Brin

Google Glass isn't even available to the public yet. But the wearable technology that packs a tiny computer into a lightweight frame has already faced mockery, condemnation, fear and threats of regulation. As NPR's Steve Henn reported in May:

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11:46am

Tue July 9, 2013
All Tech Considered

The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:53 am

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries.
Ingus Bajars Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. (Have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.)

A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men's restroom. His new urinal design includes a tap and sink right over it.

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1:45pm

Mon July 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

Arrest Caught On Google Glass Reignites Privacy Debate

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:36 am

Filmmaker Chris Barrett wearing his Google Glass. He is among the first 1,000 nondeveloper testers of the product.
Jennifer Rubinovitz Courtesy of Chris Barrett

The Fourth of July holiday brought about another first for Google Glass, the computing device that you can wear on your face.

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11:36am

Mon July 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

When Social Sharing Goes Wrong: Regretting The Facebook Post

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 2:33 pm

A model poses for photos next to a life-size makeshift Facebook browser in the Philippines.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

We've been following the case of Justin Carter, the Texas teen who's been jailed near San Antonio since February. It started when he posted a Facebook message saying he would go "shoot up a kindergarten." Austin Police arrested him and seized his computer and a grand jury indicted him in April on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

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10:08am

Fri July 5, 2013
It's All Politics

A Lively Political Press In A State Where Everything's Bigger

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:22 pm

Texas reporters surround state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, on Monday.
Todd Wiseman Courtesy of Todd Wiseman

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country. We take a closer look at the local journalists covering the coming changes, in this part of the series.

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2:43am

Wed July 3, 2013
All Tech Considered

Father: Teen Jailed For Facebook Comment Beaten Up Behind Bars

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:32 pm

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

The family of Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas gamer who made offensive Facebook comments that landed him in jail, is working with new urgency to get his $500,000 bail reduced because they say he's getting beat up behind bars.

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2:01pm

Mon July 1, 2013
All Tech Considered

Texas Teen Jailed For Sarcastic Facebook Comment

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:33 pm

Justin Carter at home before his arrest. The 19-year-old has been in the Comal County, Texas, jail since March.
Courtesy of Jack Carter

A Texas teen faces up to eight years in prison after making a comment on Facebook about shooting up "a school full of kids." Deputies in Comal County, Texas, charged then-18-year-old Justin Carter with making "terroristic threats" — a third-degree felony — in March. According to the Comal County Jail, he's been behind bars since March 27, unable to make his $500,000 bail. Austin-based KVUE-TV reports:

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2:00am

Mon July 1, 2013
It's All Politics

In Houston, America's Diverse Future Has Already Arrived

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:16 am

Glenda Joe, a seventh-generation Chinese-Houstonian.
Elise Hu NPR

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

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6:18am

Sun June 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

Q&A: On The Death Of Google Reader And The Future Of Reading

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 9:01 pm

Google is shutting down the Google Reader on Monday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

You can't say they didn't warn you. On Monday, Google Reader will no longer be available. The search behemoth is putting its RSS reader to rest, leaving millions of dedicated users scrambling to find other platforms for organization of their news feeds and content exploration.

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