Drew Harwell

Drew Harwell

Washington Post human covering AI and the algorithms changing our lives. Open DMs; drew.harwell@protonmail.com

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Here's the video of that @Ocasio2018  "puppy dog ears " quote: . She also called facial recognition "some real-life Black Mirror stuff. "

@Ocasio2018  Ok, the hearing is over. Summary: Facial recognition is a technology so magical it can bring industry-skeptical Democrats and government-skeptical Republicans together. Will they do anything about it?

Very cool to have my story on pregnancy trackers nominated for a Best Games Journalism award. Maybe this will convince my wife to stop destroying me in Mario Kart

"Muslim is not an insult," says @jasmineelgamal , about the altered image Trump tweeted of Schumer & Pelosi in turban and hijab. His tweet was another way of "stripping away our identity as Americans and telling us that we don’t belong"

A delightful little horror comedy "amid the peeling wallpaper of the American experiment." Excited and a bit queasy about this new @CarolLeonnig  / @PhilipRucker  joint:

"We want to have an intelligent assistant that can control the spacecraft’s temperature and direction, figure out any technical problems—that is also watching human behavior."

A huge school facial-recognition database in China was left open on the Web, exposing thousands of students' photos, parents' names and location data . More on facial recognition for kids in the U.S.: / .

"It’s creepy what they’re doing, but there will be many more of these companies. There is no monopoly on math. Absent a very strong federal privacy law, we’re all screwed" @kashhill 

Facial-recognition surveillance on the general public is becoming the new normal today in London. Which city will be next?

Everyone gets scanned. And if you cover your face, officers will detain you for a photograph, as the BBC observed during a test of the system last spring:


The New Zealand massacre was livestreamed on Facebook, announced on 8chan, reposted on YouTube, commentated about on Reddit, and mirrored around the world before the tech companies could even react.

New: Colleges are tracking students' location to enforce attendance, analyze their behavior and assess their mental health. One company calculates a student's “risk score” based on factors such as whether she is going to the library enough

Amazon has gamified its warehouses: Work faster so you can beat your colleagues' virtual dragon, win company Swag Bucks and keep your job @GregBensinger 

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Ivanka Trump is asking companies to sign the White House's "new Pledge to America’s Workers—a commitment to invest in the current and future workforce." 100% of Ivanka Trump clothes are made by workers overseas

A group tested Amazon's facial-recognition software on Denver City Council members. Nine of them were falsely identified as sex offenders, and in some cases the system was 92% confident they were a match @JPorter_News 

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New: TikTok says sorry, admits some fault re: removing viral video about China's detention camps. But @x_feroza  isn't convinced: "TikTok is trying to cover up this whole mess. I won’t let them get away with this" @TonyRomm 

The ACLU tested the facial-recognition software Amazon offers police. It falsely matched 28 members of Congress with mugshots of people arrested for a crime

Active celebration in the worst parts of the Internet over the shooting in Annapolis: "dead journalists can't spread leftist propaganda"