Just one year after re-booting subscription tech site Delimiter, press gallery-based tech journo Renai LeMay could put it back into cold storage, after announcing to his readers this morning that he’d accepted a job with an ICT consultancy and would no longer be writing for the site.

LeMay founded Delimiter in 2010, but shut it down for 12 months from July 2014 to take a gig as a political adviser for Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. When that role ended, he crowd-funded $33,000 (well over his goal of $25,000) to relaunch Delimiter and to fund him writing a book about Australian tech policy in the process.

The book is still coming, he told readers in a post today. But the website, well, “it’s not clear yet”.

“A number of discussions are continuing behind the scene. While that process progresses, the site will continue to publish articles penned by my excellent writing contractor Daniel Palmer, as well as syndicated pieces.

“I will let readers know when a final direction is chosen, especially the many readers who have become paid members of the site. In the event that the site does not continue as it is, obviously the undelivered portions of those memberships will be reimbursed …

“At this point, and especially with all that I have been through over the past 12 months, I feel as though I have done everything I want to do as a technology journalist. I have written every article that I have ever wanted to write in this field, and, I hope, I have made a difference. I have tried to do my job as a journalist and hold those in power to account.

“With this year’s Federal Election done and dusted, it feels like a good time to tap out and leave this task to the many other talented journalists in this field.


Peter Fray

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