McKenzie Funk, a journalist, is writing a book on how an otherwise laudable push for open government in the fifty U.S. states has subjected the lives of ordinary citizens to undue scrutiny by federal agencies and private firms. Funk argues that even in the age of big data, the tension between privacy and transparency need not be absolute.
A founding member of Deca, a global journalism cooperative, Funk has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and a Knight-Wallace Fellow. He has also won the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism for a story about the melting Arctic. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the New York Times Magazine. His first book, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, published in 2014, was the winner of a PEN Literary Award.