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Josh Horwitz

Josh is a correspondent for Quartz who covers internet business and technology in Asia. He has lived in Shanghai, Beijing, and the great city of Taipei, where he studied Mandarin through the Taiwan Ministry of Education's Huawei Enrichment Scholarship. He now calls Hong Kong home. Josh's obsessions include China's internet, streaming media, and the future of transportation. He'd love to hear from you.
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Blindsiding Pentagon & Allies, Trump Says US Will End Military Drills with S. Korea

June 12, 2018 Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today (June 12) ended with a signed document that laid out four basic commitments—establishing diplomatic ties between the US and North Korea, building a “lasting and stable peace regime” on the Korean peninsula, working toward complete denuclearization of the...

Facebook Gave User Data To The Chinese Company At The Heart of U.S.-China Tech Tensions

June 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Of all the companies benefiting from Facebook’s sharing of user data with device makers, a practice under scrutiny after a series of reports from the New York Times this week, one in particular has attracted a disproportionate amount of attention. That would be Huawei, China’s biggest maker of handsets and...

The U.S. Is Altering its Visa Policies to Stem China’s Advancement in STEM

May 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The next potential victims of the U.S. and China’s spat over technology—actual people. The State Department is preparing to shorten the length of the visas it issues to Chinese nationals, particularly those involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the AP reports. Details are not yet known, but the...

North Korea’s Hackers—Many Living Abroad—Have Nabbed It $650 Million

May 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow North Korea has gradually become a hacking superpower, and has earned a pretty penny in the process. Agents acting on behalf of the ruling regime have stolen about $650 million through cyberattacks, according to research from Simon Choi, a consultant to South Korea’s CIA-esque National Intelligence Service. And that’s “just...

Qualcomm and Other Pawns of the U.S.-China Tech Spat See Hope After a Weird Trump Tweet

May 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Beijing and Washington prepare to resume their trade talks this week, one item in particular is taking center stage: the semiconductor. Policymakers on both sides appear to be on their way to making tit-for-tat concessions in the computer-chip industry, highlighting how the nations’ strained ties increasingly revolve around technology,...

The Man Who Harvested Facebook Data for Cambridge Analytica Doesn’t Think He Affected the 2016 Election

April 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much of the media and government attention toward the Cambridge Analytica scandal has been centered around the firm itself or Mark Zuckerberg. Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic who created the app that helped the data analysis firm obtain the personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users,...

The Billion-Dollar, Alibaba-Backed AI Company That’s Quietly Watching People in China

April 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most Chinese consumers have likely never heard of SenseTime. But depending on where they live, it might be looking at their faces several times a day. If a person goes shopping at Suning, one of China’s largest electronics retailers, it’s possible that a camera in the store is tracking her...

Panera Bread Leaked Customer Data Right on its Website for Months Despite Warnings

April 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security experts have alleged that U.S bakery-cafe chain Panera Bread had “millions” of customers’ personal information available and searchable on its site for at least eight months, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. A plain-text page on Panera’s websit.e revealed the full names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, date...

YouTube Is Turning to Wikipedia to Help It Fight Conspiracy Theories

March 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the public grows more concerned about the heaps of harmful or misleading videos on YouTube, the company is looking for ways to clean itself up. Speaking at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, on the evening of March 13, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the video streamer...

Trump Just Blocked What Would Have Been the Largest Tech Acquisition Ever—Because China

March 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A contentious, long-gestating bid to take over an iconic U.S. tech company has ended—and Washington’s wariness of China’s tech ambitions is only beginning. Donald Trump issued an executive order barring Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom from acquiring Qualcomm, the California-based semiconductor designer that dominates the market for mobile phone processors. Valued at...