Caruso is founder, chair and executive director of the Hybrid Vigor
Institute, a nonprofit educational organization founded to facilitate
and support the solution of complex problems via the practice of
interdisciplinary research. A "virtual" institute, Hybrid Vigor's
organizational model is designed to work in cooperation with the
university, industry and other specialized institutions. She can
be contacted at [email protected].
Hybrid Vigor Institute began operations in March 2000, and has been
funded by a variety of private individuals and foundations, as well as the U.S. National Science Foundation. Its
board of directors and advisory council consists of leading scientists,
researchers and executives in fields ranging from physics and chemistry
to technology, biology, law, ethics, medicine, history, philanthropy
a veteran journalist and technology analyst, Caruso has more than
15 years experience chronicling the converging industries of digital
technology, telecommunications and interactive media.
October 1995 until April 2000, she wrote the Technology column for
the Monday business section of The New York Times. In January 2000,
she became an occasional contributor to The Times' Arts & Ideas
section, writing primarily about scientific and academic research
was one of the earliest advocates of First Amendment rights in cyberspace,
and one of the first journalists to focus on technology, commerce
and culture. She has served on the board of directors of the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, and was elected to the board of the Independent
Media Institute in January 1995, where in 2000 she served as vice
president. She also advises the Center for Public Knowledge, a non-profit dedicated to the creation of an "information" commons and the preservation of the public domain. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Molecular Sciences Institute, the advisory board for Groxis, Inc., and the faculty of SustainAbility in the U.K.
January to August 1999, Caruso consulted for the Pew Charitable
Trusts and Consumers Union, researching and developing standards
and best practices for improving credibility on the Internet. The
project, called Consumer Web Watch, is now a $3.5 million effort
funded by Pew, the Knight-Ridder Foundation and George Soros' Open
Society Institute, under the auspices of Consumers Union. She is
a member of the project's advisory board.
April 1997, she began a year-long affiliation as a visiting scholar
at Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, a research laboratory
run by the computer industry pioneer David Liddle. During her time
at Interval, Caruso also was a visiting lecturer at Stanford University
in the Human-Computer Interaction program in the university's Computer
in 1997, Caruso provided on-air commentary and interviews with industry
personalities for a MSNBC cable television show about technology,
called "The Site." She was also founding producer of Spotlight,
an executive conference on interactive media.
1994, Caruso launched Technology & Media Group, an information services
company, for Norman Pearlstine's Friday Holdings. Previous to Technology
& Media, Caruso was founding editor of Digital Media, which under
her leadership was acclaimed as the seminal newsletter in the emerging
new media industry, published by industry pioneer Jonathan Seybold's
to launching Digital Media in 1990, Caruso served five years as
the anchor columnist for the San Francisco Examiner's Sunday technology
section. Her essays and analysis have been published in the Wall
Street Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, WIRED, I.D. Magazine,
the San Jose Mercury News and the Utne Reader; she has also provided
occasional commentary for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition"
and "All Things Considered."
career as a technology journalist began in 1984 with two venerable
trade publications: InfoWorld, where she served as a reporter and
columnist, and in 1985 at Electronics, as a West Coast Editor.
is a frequent speaker and moderator at a variety of seminars and
industry events. These have included the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting, Harvard Conference
on Internet and Society and the Journalism and Technology conferences
at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, the Newspaper Association of
America's annual meeting, the Consumer Electronics Show, the American
Center for Design, the American Institute for Graphic Artists, the
American Magazine Conference, the Association for Computing Machinery,
the Media & Democracy Congress, New York Women in Communication,
the Rand Corporation, The Internet Summit and the Society of Professional
has also participated in various programs sponsored by the American
Film Institute, Boston College, the Freedom Forum at Columbia University,
the Stern School of Business and the Interactive Telecommunications
Program at New York University, the Center for Communication, and
the Information Industries Association.
holds a Bachelor's degree in English from California Polytechnic
State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and lives and works
in San Francisco.