Latest from Drew Harwell
As states and national governments make efforts to use technology to augment their contact tracing efforts, Apple and Google's monopoly in the smartphone market has proved an obstacle.
  • May 15, 2020
The temperature-measuring scanners being installed rapidly across the United States were never meant for medical use.
  • May 11, 2020
Always-on webcams, virtual "water coolers," constant monitoring: Is the tech industry’s new dream for remote work actually a nightmare?
  • Apr 30, 2020
Nearly 3 in 5 Americans say they are either unable or unwilling to use the infection-alert apps under development by Google and Apple, suggesting a steep climb to win enough adoption of the technology to make it effective against the coronavirus pandemic, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds.
  • Apr 29, 2020
The systems could soon become a widespread staple of public life. But they vary widely in accuracy and performance, and people won't be asked to consent.
  • Apr 28, 2020
Phone data long considered so personal and sensitive that many government officials shied away from their use out of fear of public backlash are now being used to track coronavirus's spread. But it's unclear that such data will help eliminate the threat in the absence of traditional contact tracing methods.
  • Apr 17, 2020
Apple and Google unveiled an ambitious new effort Friday to help combat coronavirus, introducing new tools that may soon allow owners of their popular smartphones to see if they have crossed paths with other people who have been infected with the disease.
  • Apr 10, 2020
Many of the videos include personally identifiable information and deeply intimate conversations, recorded in people’s homes.
  • Apr 3, 2020
A simple guide to keeping your Zoom calls safe and secure.
  • Apr 3, 2020
Weddings, funerals, company layoffs, kindergarten classes and official government meetings have all been streamed through Zoom since the coronavirus contagion has shut down group gatherings. But the company’s dramatic growth has come with a crisis of its own: An uproar over security, privacy and harassment concerns.
  • Apr 2, 2020