Michael Farrell covers arts, media, and culture. Previously, he edited Passcode, the Monitor's section that covered the intersection of technology, security, and privacy. Based in Boston, Farrell has also worked as a tech reporter at The Boston Globe. His journalism career has included stints as the Monitor's San Francisco bureau chief and its Middle East editor. His datelines have ranged from Riyadh to Phnom Penh to Dinwiddie, Va.