Tom Standage

Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist, overseeing the magazines website,, and its smartphone, tablet and e-reader editions. Before that he was business affairs editor, running the back half of the magazine (business, finance, economics, science and technology), and he previously served as business editor, technology editor and science correspondent. He has been the editor of the Technology Quarterly supplement, which covers emerging technology, since 2003. Tom is also the author of five history books, including An Edible History of Humanity (2009), A History of the World in Six Glasses (2005), a New York Times bestseller, and The Victorian Internet (1998), described by the Wall Street Journal as a dot-com cult classic. He writes the video-game column for Intelligent Life, The Economists lifestyle magazine, is a regular commentator on BBC radio, and has written for other publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and Wired. He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family. [+]