Kaveh Waddell

I’m a John S. Knight journalism fellow and a Human-Centered AI fellow at Stanford University.

I’m experimenting with building generative AI tools for reporters and editors.

I've been an investigative journalist at Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab, a staff writer at Axios and The Atlantic, and a freelancer in Beirut, Lebanon.

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  • Lebanon’s Facebook vigilantes are "turning suspects into criminals in one click" The Atlantic
  • A quiet campaign to map Lebanon’s mass graves before they’re destroyed The Atlantic
  • Beirut tries to get back on the bike CityLab


  • As kids, two Guinean brothers invented a new script for their native language. Now they’re trying to get it on every smartphone The Atlantic
  • How Seattle’s Iranians kept their culture while ingraining into the city The Atlantic


  • Police can use a legal gray area to rob people of their belongings—without even charging them with a crime The Atlantic
  • After Trump’s Muslim ban, an army of attorneys descends on Dulles The Atlantic
  • How New York’s top advertisers tried to fight ISIS propaganda The Atlantic


  • A monumental tug-of-war over biased AI Axios
  • Human workers are being automated like machines Axios
  • Facing ALS, a systems engineer built a smart home to preserve his independence NY Mag
  • Will self-driving cars be able to navigate the roads where they’re most needed? Wired


  • Unregulated people-search services offer up personal information for cheap or free, with few safeguards The Atlantic
  • In most states, your boss can track your location around the clock The Atlantic
  • People who most need digital privacy often can’t afford the smartphones that provide it The Atlantic


  • AI surveillance goes to school Axios
  • License-plate readers have helped police and lenders neighborhoods The Atlantic
  • How big data harms poor communities The Atlantic

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