Join EFF for the latest installment of our Geek Reading Series with Evan Ratliff. After writing a story for Wired Magazine about people who attempted to fake their own deaths, he set out to do something similar himself. On August 15 2009, he vanished, and challenged Wired readers to track him down, offering a $5,000 reward.

Evan lasted 25 days on the lam. And he documented every moment of it in his Wired article, "Vanish". The article was recently named a finalist for the National Magazine Award for feature writing, and picked for the Best of Technology Writing 2010. Evan will share his behind-the-scenes experiences of what it means to disappear in the digital age, including photos of his disguise changes and tales of his trackers.

Ratliff is a freelance journalist whose writing appears in Wired magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Outside, Discover, Men's Journal, New York, and many other publications. A contributing editor for Wired, he is the co-author of Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World (HarperCollins, 2005), about innovation and counterterrorism.

Admission to the Geek Reading only is $25. Attendees must be age 21 or over. For questions, please email

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.