Geoffrey A. Fowler

San Francisco

Technology columnist based in San Francisco

Education: Harvard University, B.A. in Anthropology and Afro-American Studies; Cambridge University, Trinity College, M.Phil in Social Anthropology

Geoffrey A. Fowler is The Washington Post’s technology columnist, writing from San Francisco about how to navigate the confusing, occasionally scary and deeply personal world of tech. He joined The Post in 2017 after 16 years with the Wall Street Journal writing about consumer technology, Silicon Valley, national affairs and China. He won the 2020 Gerald Loeb Award for commentary.
Latest from Geoffrey A. Fowler

You’re going to be asked to prove your vaccination status. Here’s how to do it.

There’s no be-all-end-all way to carry proof of vaccination on your phone. We make sense of how different options approach your privacy, ensure your security and try to spot counterfeits.

January 10, 2022

A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.

Millions of Americans now have access to free, anonymous coronavirus exposure notifications. Too bad so few people use them.

December 29, 2021

Privacy Reset: A guide to the important settings you should change now

From Facebook to Venmo, staying on top of your privacy starts with these key settings.

December 1, 2021

How Big Tech monopoly made smart speakers dumber

Google stopped Sonos from selling a speaker that would have let you talk to all the voice assistants at once

September 29, 2021

How to block Facebook from snooping on you

Seven steps you can take to keep Facebook and Instagram from gathering information about what you do outside of their apps

September 29, 2021

5G is a little better than before, but don’t rush to upgrade your phone just yet.

Is 5G finally starting to live up to the hype? In some cases, yes, but big changes are coming soon.

September 24, 2021

    Is my smart device listening to me? The Post’s Help Desk answers your questions.

    We report on the many ways Big Tech takes your personal data — and your attention — to turn a profit.

    September 23, 2021

    When you ‘Ask app not to track,’ some iPhone apps keep snooping anyway

    To test Apple’s newest privacy protections, we watched the data flow out of 10 popular apps. Some appeared to be “fingerprinting” phones, a more invasive form of tracking.

    September 23, 2021

    There’s no escape from Facebook, even if you don’t use it

    You pay for Facebook with your privacy. And it keeps raising the price.

    August 29, 2021