After eight years covering the business and politics of technology in Asia, Paul Mozur will be stepping into a new role as global technology correspondent. Working with reporters across desks, Paul will cover the ways technology impacts the most important global news stories of the day.
That will include exploring the anti-democratic powers of tech, the emerging geopolitical competition over its development and how tech is changing the world far from Silicon Valley. Pulling on experiences reporting on leaked databases and working with video and graphics, he will also help spearhead multi-disciplinary investigations into government uses and abuses of technology.
In recent years, Paul has shown how disinformation, surveillance and censorship have changed geopolitics. His 2018 coverage of the Myanmar military’s disinformation operations on Facebook was part of a package that won a George Polk Award and a Gerald Loeb Award. The next year he worked with the China team on a series of stories that detailed stifling surveillance and mass internment in Xinjiang targeting ethnic minorities. The work was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 2020, after covering the early stages of the Covid outbreak in China, he was expelled from the country along with several other journalists from The Times and other outlets. After relocating to Taiwan, his work showing the way China censored the early outbreak of the virus was part of the package that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Last year, his work with a team on China’s propaganda efforts online and the manipulation of social media won a Loeb.
More recently, Paul has covered how Russia censors and spies on its internet, the ways the Taliban used social media to aid its takeover of Afghanistan and China’s efforts to spread propaganda on American social media platforms.
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