Tatum Hunter

San Francisco

Technology writer based in San Francisco

Education: Xavier University, BA in economics

Tatum Hunter writes about personal technology and its impact for The Washington Post. She comes from Built In, where she was an associate editor covering software and the tech workforce. She reported on such topics as ethics in open-source developer communities, shifting attitudes toward some popular software-development methods and tricky tech concepts employees encounter at work.
Latest from Tatum Hunter

Uber will order your hot dogs at games now. Getting a ride is harder.

Uber rolled out a suite of new offerings for wedding planners and sports enthusiasts. Meanwhile, customers are paying more and waiting longer for regular rides.

May 17, 2022

Teens are flocking to new photo-sharing apps. Are they safe?

LiveIn and Locket Widget have popped to the top of app charts in recent months.

May 16, 2022

How to track your period without compromising your privacy

Period-tracking apps have been criticized for bad privacy practices. Here's how to track your cycle without sharing data with companies, employers, insurers or the government.

May 9, 2022

Your phone could reveal if you’ve had an abortion

Internet searches, visits to clinics and period-tracking apps leave a digital trail.

May 4, 2022

Elon Musk has big ideas for Twitter. Users should buckle up.

Twitter's incoming owner Elon Musk has teased new features including an edit button, authenticated identity and algorithmic transparency. But his history — as well as Twitter's — cast some doubt on the viability of his ideas.

April 29, 2022

Google is letting you limit ads about pregnancy and weight loss

Google is letting people opt out of ads about sensitive topics including pregnancy, parenting, dating, weight loss, alcohol and gambling. Here's where to find the settings.

April 28, 2022

Ask Help Desk: Cell carriers can use your web history for ads

Privacy policies let them use this information for advertising unless you opt out.

April 22, 2022

Let’s get Meta-physical: Why Oculus fitness actually works

We tested Supernatural, FitXR, Thrill of the Fight and Until You Fall to see how virtual reality workouts stack up to common real-world ones. Spoiler: These apps are no joke.

April 21, 2022

    Virtual workout, real sweat: VR fitness apps, scientifically tested

    The Washington Post tech reporter Tatum Hunter worked out using Oculus fitness apps to find which could match against real-world cardio exercise.

    April 21, 2022

    Are you bad at texting? Here are the new rules for 2022.

    The pandemic, new social platforms and always-on work culture have changed the way we text. Here are the unspoken texting rules that survived the upheaval.

    April 14, 2022