Elizabeth Dwoskin

San Francisco

Silicon Valley Correspondent

Education: Columbia University, BA. ; Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, MS.

Lizza joined The Washington Post as Silicon Valley correspondent in 2016, becoming the paper's eyes and ears in the region. She focuses on social media and the power of the tech industry in a democratic society. Before that, she was the Wall Street Journal's first full-time beat reporter covering big data, AI, and the impact of algorithms on people's lives. And before that, she covered housing and immigration in DC and New York.
Latest from Elizabeth Dwoskin

Growing Oct. 7 ‘truther’ groups say Hamas massacre was a false flag

Denial of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel is spreading. The untrue narrative seeded on social media from TikTok to Reddit is bleeding into the real world.

January 21, 2024

OpenAI suspends bot developer for presidential hopeful Dean Phillips

It’s the ChatGPT maker’s first known action against the use of its technology in a political campaign.

January 20, 2024

Silicon Valley insiders are trying to unseat Biden with help from AI

A new super PAC tied to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and billionaire Bill Ackman is backing Democratic challenger Dean Phillips.

January 18, 2024

Think your credit card rate is high? Some in Brazil pay 455 percent.

A new crop of Silicon Valley-backed digital banks has promised financial inclusion for Brazil’s poor. The effort has left some borrowers worse off than before.

December 24, 2023

‘King of the cannibals’: How Sam Altman took over Silicon Valley

Sam Altman, Silicon Valley wunderkind behind ChatGPT, has led a life of contradictions. It’s cemented his place as a household name and led to drama at OpenAI.

December 23, 2023

Altman’s polarizing past hints at OpenAI board’s reason for firing him

Before OpenAI, Sam Altman was fired by his mentor at the prominent start-up incubator Y Combinator, part of a pattern of clashes that some attribute to his self-serving approach.

November 22, 2023

Antisemitism was rising online. Then Elon Musk’s X supercharged it.

Antisemitism has long festered on the internet, but the Israel-Gaza war and the loosening of content moderation on X have propelled it to unprecedented levels.

November 19, 2023

Why Silicon Valley billionaires like Peter Thiel turned against Trump

Republican tech elites like Peter Thiel were once enticed by the prospect that Trump would usher in a new, ultra-capitalist era of Republican politics. Now they’re adrift.

November 12, 2023

How Russian disinformation toppled government after government in Africa

In the two years since an Israelis company first tried to thwart a Russian disinformation campaign in Burkina Faso, coups or rebels have removed the governments of five former French colonies, replacing them with pro-Russia leaders.

October 30, 2023

A year later, Musk’s X is tilting right. And sinking.

The billionaire bought Twitter to revive its business and make it less “woke.” He has achieved only one of those goals.

October 27, 2023