Aaron Schaffer

Washington, D.C.

Technology and cybersecurity policy researcher

Education: American University, MA in journalism and public affairs; University of Rochester, BA in international relations

Aaron Schaffer is a researcher for Technology 202 and Cybersecurity 202 at The Washington Post. He previously wrote a newsletter on Middle East lobbying in Washington for Al-Monitor.
Latest from Aaron Schaffer

States are joining the TikTok crackdown

Republicans are leading a push to ban the app from state government devices.

December 7, 2022

Microsoft previews its defense of the Activision-Blizzard deal

The remarks arrive as the $69 billion acquisition faces mounting regulatory scrutiny globally.

December 6, 2022

BODs: Hot or not?

DHS issues these directives to federal agencies to boost their cyber defenses.

December 6, 2022

Ro Khanna had no clue he’d star in Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’

'I found out when I suddenly had 208 emails in my inbox,' the California Democrat said.

December 5, 2022

FEC expands digital ad disclosure rules, but watchdogs say gaps remain

The agency tabled a proposal that expressly included "promoted" content.

December 2, 2022

Ukraine gets by in cyberspace with a little help from its friends

A Ukrainian deputy prime minister tells us U.S. media was helpful.

December 2, 2022

How YouTube’s policy execs decide what stays and what goes

The tech giant has been criticized as slow to act and opaque.

December 1, 2022

Here's a first: Journalists and a U.S. citizen are suing NSO Group

The lawsuit accuses NSO of violating U.S. anti-hacking law.

December 1, 2022

As Twitter defends its counterterror work, experts fear a spike under Musk

Researchers say Musk's staffing and policy changes could lead to a resurgence in extremist content.

November 30, 2022