Latest from Drew Harwell

Trump ends blog after 29 days, infuriated by measly readership

Infuriated by reports highlighting its measly viewership, Trump ordered his team Tuesday to put the blog out of its misery.
  • Jun 2, 2021

Trump is sliding toward online irrelevance. His new blog isn’t helping.

The former president’s aides said his new online empire would “redefine the game.” But his heavily promoted blog is seeing fewer visitors than the pet-adoption service Petfinder and the recipe site Delish.
  • May 21, 2021

Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition technology indefinitely

The tech giant said in June its freeze would last a year to "give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules." No federal laws have been passed since.
  • May 18, 2021

Remember the ‘deepfake cheerleader mom’? Prosecutors now admit they can’t prove fake-video claims.

The "deepfake" allegations became a symbol of the dark power of computer-generated video. A lawyer for the suspect, a 50-year-old mother in suburban Pennsylvania, argues the case “ruined her life.”
  • May 14, 2021

DarkSide group that attacked Colonial Pipeline drops from sight online

The hacker group said it was shutting down, though some suspect it could be a ruse.
  • May 14, 2021

This facial recognition website can turn anyone into a cop — or a stalker

While most facial recognition tools are reserved for police or government use, PimEyes is open to the masses, whether they’re hunting down U.S. Capitol riot suspects or stalking women around the Web.
  • May 14, 2021

A ‘beautiful’ female biker was actually a 50-year-old man using FaceApp. After he confessed, his followers liked him even more.

The middle-aged father’s big reveal sparked a debate over identity in the Internet age: "The only thing I’m creating is … my appearance. Everything else is me."
  • May 11, 2021

Senators seek limits on some facial-recognition use by police, energizing surveillance technology debate

The bill represents one of Congress’ most ambitious attempts yet to regulate the controversial technologies that government officials have used to track and watch the American public.
  • Apr 21, 2021

Wyden urges ban on sale of Americans’ personal data to ‘unfriendly’ foreign governments

The proposal, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post, would treat Americans’ personal data with the same caution as powerful weaponry, using export-control laws to block its sale to countries marked as potential security threats.
  • Apr 15, 2021

Wrongfully arrested man sues Detroit police over false facial recognition match

The case could fuel criticism of police investigators’ use of a controversial technology that has been shown to perform worse on people of color.
  • Apr 13, 2021