Kaveh Waddell

I’m an investigative journalist at the Consumer Reports Digital Lab.

I’ve reported on technology and society on staff at Axios, The Atlantic, and National Journal, and as a freelancer in Beirut, Lebanon.

For my latest project, I dug into medical algorithms that give doctors different results depending on whether or not a patient is Black—and a new push to remove race from these calculations entirely. Read the investigation

Earlier this year, I tested Facebook’s policies against coronavirus misinformation by loading up seven ads with ridiculous hoaxes and falsehoods. Facebook approved them all (but we didn’t publish them). Read the investigation

Here’s some of my past work:


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)


AI surveillance goes to school (Axios)

License-plate readers have helped police and lenders target low-income neighborhoods (The Atlantic)

How big data harms poor communities (The Atlantic)


People who most need digital privacy often can’t afford the smartphones that provide it (The Atlantic)

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)

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)

Mapping Beirut's many languages (CityLab)


Defenders against misinformation descend on 2020 campaigns (Axios)

Police can use a legal gray area to rob people of their belongings—without even charging them with a crime (The Atlantic)

America already had a “Muslim registry”—and Trump could reinstate it (The Atlantic)

How New York’s top advertisers are trying to fight ISIS propaganda (The Atlantic)


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 diverse Iranian American community has integrated into the city while maintaining its cultural identity (The Atlantic)

Beirut tries to get back on the bike (CityLab)

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