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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.
Digital Government

Google Search Might Return to China’s Internet, and Some Users Can Hardly Wait

If Google does relaunch its search engine in China, it will end up compliant with some of the world’s most restrictive policies on freedom of information.

Digital Government

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

Huawei has been flagged numerous times by U.S. lawmakers as a possible security threat to Americans.


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

The State Department is preparing to shorten the length of the visas it issues to Chinese nationals.


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

Policymakers on both sides appear to be on their way to making tit-for-tat concessions in the computer-chip industry.

Digital Government

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

Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic who created the app that helped the data analysis firm obtain the personal information of millions, finally speaks out.

Artificial Intelligence

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

SenseTime is one of a handful of companies at the forefront of China’s artificial intelligence boom.


U.S. Fears China Winning on 5G if Broadcom Gets to Take Over Qualcomm

Broadcom’s hostile takeover attempt would mark the largest-ever tech acquisition in history.

Digital Government

Apple’s iCloud Service in China Will Be Managed by a Data Firm Started by the Government

With so much of its business—both in sales and manufacturing—in China, Apple has stay on Beijing’s good side.

Artificial Intelligence

In 2017, Silicon Valley Got Cozier with China. In 2018, Washington Will Get Frostier

Here are some of the most significant moves by U.S. tech firms and Washington over the past year.


Researchers Have Found an Unexpected Axis of North Korea’s Cyber Activity: India

The country’s suspect cyber activities are unlikely to be coming only from inside North Korea itself.

Digital Government

In China, Facial Recognition Is Used to Buy KFC, Board Planes, and Catch Drug Users

The speed of the rollout is a sign of how China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence are advancing rapidly.

Digital Government

Just in Time for Its Stellar Earnings, China is Going After Alibaba

Just hours before Alibaba released its numbers, the Chinese government shook its fist at the Hangzhou-based e-commerce giant.


Apple’s Next Big Moneymaker is Its Biggest Headache in China

A Beijing-based law firm said Apple has been engaging in monopolistic behavior.

Digital Government

After China’s Crackdown, Now Russia Is Banning VPNs Too

The law is yet another sign of Putin’s growing control over internet access.