New Wikipedia article: Michael S. Rogers

For the first time in a long time I have started a new article on the Wikipedia. This one’s about Michael S. Rogers, Navy Vice Admiral and presumptive nominee for Director of the NSA and head of the U.S. Cyber Command. These two jobs are the one being vacated by General Keith Alexander after he retires in mid-March, and obviously it’ll be kind of a crazy time to be taking over the NSA.

I thought a long time ago that it would be harder and harder to create new Wikipedia articles as most everything is covered by the million-plus pages on the site. But of course, the list of notable things will never stop growing right alongside.

It seemed especially important that Michael S. Rogers have a page now, because he’s likely to be in the news a lot more if he actually does get the nomination, and it’s perilously easy to confuse him with Michigan Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 1And there’s actually a second Representative Mike Rogers in the House from Alabama. These two men have a lot of overlap in their jobs, it’ll be interesting to see how the national security community decides to disambiguate them.

It’s also nice that there’s a public domain photograph of the guy from his Navy bio. That made the page come together and look like a real encyclopedia article quickly. I’d forgotten the feeling I get when I first make an article—I keep hoping somebody else will come along and edit and add and flesh the thing out. I guess that will happen pretty quickly if he gets nominated and confirmed.


1 And there’s actually a second Representative Mike Rogers in the House from Alabama.

Published by Parker Higgins

I'm the Director of Special Projects at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and previously led copyright activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. more »

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  1. Congrats on finding something you could use to start a new Wikipedia page. But I think it’s unlikely that Michael S. Rogers will get the job.

    It is a condition, you know, for the jobholder to have worn a t-shirt with an EFF logo. (An EFF NSA hoodie would be best, but a tee will do.) Rogers never has been seen publicly wearing the appropriate attire.

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