Ars Technica will launch online in the UK in Spring 2015.
“Ciara and Sebastian join Ars Technica with proven success in their fields, having displayed commercial and editorial creativity, skill, passion, and a hunger for what’s new in technology and all that it touches. Each is the epitome of the Ars Technica brand,” commented Newhouse.
Ciara Byrne joins Ars Technica from Google Inc, where she currently holds the role of Account Director within the ad technology division DoubleClick, having been promoted through the ranks since her arrival in 2010. Prior to Google, Ciara was based in Brussels with the marketing team of Tourism Ireland. Ciara is passionate about music, being a classically trained pianist and singer, and has performed in venues including the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Sebastian Anthony has mostly recently served as the Senior Editor of Extreme Tech, as well as writing for PC Magazine, and has been published on Yahoo, Yahoo Tech and MSNBC. A longstanding authority on tech-related matters, giving comment for various media outlets, Sebastian’s other passion is photography, with one of his pieces having been hung in the Brooklyn Museum among other successes. An avid computer games player, in a former life Sebastian was a programmer and system administrator during the dot-com bubble.
Ars Technica UK – the name is Latin-derived for ‘the art of technology’ – will specialise in news and reviews, deep analysis of technology trends, and expert advice on everything from the fundamental to the inspirational. A leader in longform conversational media, the site will also host a significant online community, says Condé Nast.
Ars Technica was founded in 1998, when Founder and Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher announced his plans to start a publication devoted to technology that would cater to what he called ‘alpha geeks’: technologists and IT professionals. Ars Technica became a trusted source, say the publishers, for technology news, tech policy analysis, breakdowns of the latest scientific advancements, gadget reviews, software, hardware, and nearly everything else found in between layers of silicon. Acquired in 2008 by Advance, the parent company of Condé Nast, Ars Technica currently has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
Ciara and Sebastian will take up their new roles on 2nd February, and will report to S.I Newhouse. Ken Fisher will oversee the brand experience, strategic planning, and technology of the UK launch.