Joab Jackson is a senior editor for The New Stack, covering cloud native computing and system operations. He has reported on IT infrastructure and development for over 25 years, including stints at IDG and Government Computer News. Before that, he worked for a U.S. Defense Department contractor to explain the benefits of commercializing "Star Wars" missile defense system technology. In 1995, he started writing what would be the first column for a U.S. newspaper about the Internet (the Baltimore City Paper). A print media-native, Jackson has worked on a series of "underground" news outlets, including Baltimore's original "hippie" newspaper Harry, as well as Spock Science Monitor, which was, back in the day, Burning Man's longest continuously-running independent newspaper.