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Josh Horwitz is a correspondent for Quartz

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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A Silicon Valley Top Tech Investors Is Backing Donald Trump for President

May 10, 2016 More and more seemingly unlikely supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are emerging from the woodwork, and the most recent one hails from a region not known for populist extremism—Silicon Valley. Peter Thiel, an entrepreneur and investor best known as the co-founder of PayPal, has pledged to be a...

China's Military Just Released a Rap Video to Recruit Young Soldiers

May 4, 2016 China’s military is turning to rhymes and beats in order to bring in fresh talent. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) released an online recruitment video last Thursday that resembles a hip-hop music video. Titled “Battle Declaration,” the song emphasizes over a throbbing beat the honor one receives upon joining China’s...

Uber Introduces Facial Scans to Reduce Driver Fraud

April 21, 2016 For all its improvements over traditional taxis, Uber’s safety features are far from perfect. There’s no effective emergency hotline, its background checks aren’t failsafes, and there’s no way to guarantee the driver you thought you hailed is the same person who’s actually behind the wheel. In order make Uber a...

China's Latest Bizarre Propaganda Videos Use Batman and Mr. Bean to Explain State Secrets

April 15, 2016 Superman. Mr. Bean. The Joker. Jack Ma. Spongebob Squarepants. These icons of pop culture are the latest figures to be drawn into the bizarre world of Chinese online propaganda. Today (April 15) is China’s first-ever National Security Education Day, a new “holiday” meant to publicize the importance of safeguarding state...

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It’s the CIA’s Fault — How Foreign Leaders Try to Discredit the Panama Papers

April 5, 2016 The leaked Panama papers have implicated dozens of world leaders, their relatives, and their business associates, linking them to offshore partnerships and investment companies notorious for tax evasion and money laundering. While the first installment of the year-long investigation into 11.5 million leaked documents was published online on April 3,...

Change to Proposed Chinese Law Would Make Foreign Websites Impossible to Reach

March 29, 2016 China’s list of blocked websites and Internet services is already big, and it continues to grow. But a potential new law could make it far larger. On March 25, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which oversees China’s Internet and telecommunications sectors, publicly released a draft regulation that outlines...

32 Tech Giants Are Backing Apple in its Fight Against the FBI

March 4, 2016 32 of the world’s largest internet, social media, and technology companies have united behind Apple, as the Cupertino-based tech giant fights the FBI’s demands to unlock the phone of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. The companies filed two separate amicus briefs yesterday (March 3) in the United...

Mark Zuckerberg’s Plea for Internet Freedom Means Nothing if he Keeps Kissing up to China

December 19, 2015 Mark Zuckerberg is an extremely competent CEO when it comes to building an enduring internet company. But he’s less skilled when it comes to navigating the politics of the internet, as evidenced by his statement during Brazil’s unexpected crackdown on WhatsApp. After WhatsApp failed to comply with a Brazilian court...

Microsoft Building New Version of Windows 10 to Appeal to Chinese Government

December 17, 2015 In the course of a year and half, Microsoft has gone from being an enemy of the Chinese state to a friend. The company announced today it will form a joint venture called C&M Technologies with China Electronics Technology Group, a state-owned enterprise that provides IT hardware and software to...

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Obama Slams Trump on Immigration

November 13, 2015 President Barack Obama doesn’t think much of Donald Trump’s immigration policy. In an interview on ABC Nov. 13, anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Obama for his comments on the candidate’s deportation ideas, which is based on an Eisenhower-era plan called “Operation Wetback.” The plan envisions a deportation force that would remove...