Cat Zakrzewski

Washington, D.C.

National technology policy reporter

Education: Northwestern University, BS in journalism

Cat Zakrzewski is a national technology policy reporter, tracking global efforts to regulate the tech industry. She focuses on AI policy, as well as the legal and legislative battles over free speech online. Zakrzewski has chronicled Washington's clashes with the tech industry, reporting on social media, privacy and antitrust issues. She previously served as the first anchor of The Technology 202 newsletter, The Washington Post's daily guide to the relationship between the tech industry and regulators. In that role, she covered the central role tech issues played in the pandemic, elections and
Latest from Cat Zakrzewski

The Davos elite embraced AI in 2023. Now they fear it.

AI CEOs such as Sam Altman are the hot ticket at the World Economic Forum at Davos. But excitement about tech like ChatGPT is coupled with concerns of risks.

January 18, 2024

Meet the woman who transformed Sam Altman into the avatar of AI

Anna Makanju orchestrated Sam Altman’s political debut like a diplomatic mission. But Congress’s AI push could test the company’s friendly reputation.

January 12, 2024

China’s meddling in Taiwan election presages year of misinformation threats

More than half the world’s population lives in countries holding elections in 2024 — an unprecedented test of systems to combat disinformation.

January 12, 2024

Director Christopher Nolan reckons with AI’s ‘Oppenheimer moment’

Director Christopher Nolan’s film “Oppenheimer” debuted as the world was debating the risks of artificial intelligence.

December 30, 2023

Google and Apple’s iron grip on app stores is slipping

Fortnite maker Epic Games won its antitrust lawsuit against Google. It’s not the first attack on Google and Apple’s app stores, and it won’t be the last.

December 13, 2023

E.U. reaches deal on landmark AI bill, racing ahead of U.S.

The agreement cements the bloc’s role as the de facto global tech regulator, as governments scramble to address the risks created by AI systems.

December 8, 2023

Congress and E.U. diverge on AI policy, as Brussels races to reach deal

Policymakers remain locked in negotiations on the E.U. AI Act, as U.S. senators signal that Congress is taking a divergent approach on artificial intelligence policy.

December 6, 2023

U.S. stops helping Big Tech spot foreign meddling amid GOP legal threats

The federal government has stopped warning Meta about foreign influence campaigns amid a legal campaign against the Biden administration’s communication with tech firms.

November 30, 2023

Governments used to lead innovation. On AI, they’re falling behind.

As countries concluded a landmark summit on Artificial Intelligence at Bletchley Park, the historic site of WWII code breakers, they faced a vexing modern-day reality.

November 6, 2023

Global adversaries, allies reach first agreement on containing AI risks

In the Bletchley Declaration, governments from six continents agreed to a broad roadmap to limit the risks and harness the benefits of artificial intelligence.

November 1, 2023