Jeff John Roberts is a law, tech, and cyber reporter for Fortune Magazine. He is based in Brooklyn. Jeff is an authority on copyright and other intellectual property issues, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Ontario.
Early Life and Education
Roberts is originally from Vancouver, Canada. His educational background includes a BA, JD (LLB) and BCL from McGill University, and an MA from Columbia Journalism School with a concentration in business. In 2016, he finished a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program at the Columbia Business School.
Roberts embarked on his legal career as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada where he prepared cases for areas such as patent trials, immigration hearings and a variety of regulatory disputes. As a lawyer, he advised Canada’s broadcast regulator on new media issues, and worked in private practice on behalf of First Nations bands in Northern Canada.
After graduating from Columbia, Roberts' first journalism job was at Reuters, first as an intern in Paris, and then as a legal writer in New York. Throughout his career, Roberts has been writing about patent reform, blockchain technology, hacking privacy in the age of Facebook, intellectual property, and cybersecurity. Along with writing for Fortune, Roberts has contributed to Businessweek and The New York Times. He has written an ebook detailing Google's book-scanning project.