Drew Harwell

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering technology

Education: University of Florida

Drew Harwell is a reporter for The Washington Post covering artificial intelligence and the algorithms changing our lives. He was a member of an international reporting team that won a George Polk Award in 2021. He joined The Post in 2014 after working for the Tampa Bay Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Latest from Drew Harwell

Secret Service’s ‘ludicrous’ deletion of Jan. 6 phone data baffles experts

Experts are divided over whether the disappearance of phone data from around the time of the insurrection is a sign of incompetence or an intentional coverup.

July 29, 2022

Twitter went easy on Trump because it ‘relished’ the power, ex-employee says

The former employee said Twitter didn't take action against Trump despite months of pleas.

July 12, 2022

Trump supporters raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony. Then they got confused.

The pro-Trump web was filled with efforts to debunk Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony.

June 28, 2022

How the Jan. 6 hearing played out on the pro-Trump web

Trump's social media supporters moved quickly to defend the former president and themselves after Thursday night's televised hearing of the Jan. 6 committee.

June 10, 2022

Jewelry giant settles gender-discrimination lawsuit for $175 million

The case, filed in 2008, became a hallmark of #MeToo activism after some of the women revealed they had been pressured to cater to their bosses’ sexual demands to get promoted or stay employed.

June 9, 2022

Taser maker proposed shock drones for schools. What could go wrong?

The project, announced after the Uvalde school shooting, led most of the Taser maker’s ethics advisers to resign: “You cannot address these horrific national tragedies … by throwing a Taser on a drone.”

June 6, 2022

Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online

Teen girls and young women who met Uvalde gunman Salvador Ramos online said he sometimes threatened to rape or kill. But some said their reports were ignored, that the threats were too vague, or that his kind of angry misogyny was just “how online is.”

May 28, 2022

Remote learning apps shared children’s data at a ‘dizzying scale’

The educational tools used by students during the pandemic also shared their information with advertisers and data brokers that could track them around the Web, an international investigation found.

May 24, 2022

Only 22 saw the Buffalo shooting live. Millions have seen it since.

The episode shows how little has changed in the three years since a live-streamed rampage at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, showed how mass shooters can harness leading social platforms to make their carnage go viral.

May 16, 2022

Buffalo suspect allegedly inspired by racist theory fueling global carnage

The theory, known as the “great replacement,” has gained currency on popular television programs and in the halls of Congress.

May 15, 2022