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Dara Kerr

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Dara Kerr is a tech reporter for NPR. She examines the choices tech companies make and the influence they wield over our lives and society.

Kerr came to NPR from The Markup, where she covered labor at tech companies. She investigated the risks that Uber and Lyft drivers take — and the lack of protection the tech companies provide them. She also reported on big tech lobbying and the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation on Facebook.

Before The Markup, Kerr reported for CNET News. Her daily coverage ranged from Airbnb's regulatory battles to self-driving cars to the proliferation of lab-grown meat. While at CNET, Kerr traveled the length of the Texas-Mexico border to report on how surveillance technology is used throughout the region. She also went to Brazil to write about how one Amazonian tribe is using technology to fight deforestation.

Kerr is originally from Colorado and spent several years living in Latin America. She's based in the Bay Area.

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TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill on March 23, 2023. The hearing was a rare opportunity for lawmakers to question the leader of the short-form social media video app about the company's relationship with its Chinese owner, ByteDance, and how they handle users' sensitive personal data. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

The social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on an American flag background. With the TikTok CEO set to testify on Capitol Hill on Thursday, influencers and lobbyists are pressing the government not to ban the app. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Armed with influencers and lobbyists, TikTok goes on the offense on Capitol Hill

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Tiktok's lobbying tops $5.4M in 2022 as it brings its charm offensive to Congress

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Friday

Former President Donald Trump greets guests following an event on March 13, 2023 in Davenport, Iowa. Trump's visit followed those by potential challengers for the GOP presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Meta announces another 10,000 layoffs after major layoffs last fall

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Monday

Tuesday

Lina Khan, as nominee for Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), speaks at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on April 21, 2021. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Verification on Facebook and Instagram will now cost around $12 per month

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Tuesday

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., listens to testimony during a September 2021 hearing about kid's online safety for a Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security. Tom Brenner/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

This picture taken on January 12, 2023 in Toulouse, southwestern France shows a smartphone and a computer screen displaying the logos of the Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and their parent company Meta. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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