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Aarti Shahani

Correspondent, Business Desk

Aarti Shahani is an NPR correspondent. She is currently on leave, writing her first book. It's the story of her immigrant family—shopkeepers who got a taste of the American Dream and the American Nightmare (Celadon Books, Fall 2019).

Based in Silicon Valley, Shahani covers the biggest companies on earth for NPR's Business Desk. Her reporting pinpoints how economies and human relationships are being radically redefined by the tech sector.

Shahani has an unconventional path. Journalism is her second career. Before it, she was a community organizer in her native New York City, helping prisoners and families being deported from the U.S. She loves learning from brilliant, intense people—be they the engineers who are building self-driving cars, or the jailhouse lawyers filing laser-sharp habeas petitions.

Shahani received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the University and the Paul & Daisy Soros fellowship. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. Her reporting has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.

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Lola Omolola is the founder of FIN, a private Facebook group with nearly 1.7 million members that has become a support network for women around the globe. Nolis Anderson for NPR hide caption

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One Woman's Facebook Success Story: A Support Group For 1.7 Million

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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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Biometric data is considered a special category requiring explicit consent under the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation law, which goes into effect Friday. JaysonPhotography/Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH via AP hide caption

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3 Things You Should Know About Europe's Sweeping New Data Privacy Law

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Sweeping Internet Privacy Protection Regulations To Take Effect

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Some Users Wary Of Facebook's Newest Venture In Online Dating

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As User Data Scandal Persists, Facebook Reports Record Earnings

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Facebook To Face Class Action Over Facial Recognition

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People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on Nov. 8. Europe's new data privacy rules go into effect May 25. Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

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Facebook Says Cambridge Analytica May Have Obtained Data On As Many As 87M Users

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Shefet is part of a much larger movement in Europe pushing back against the power of the tech titans under the banner of the "right to be forgotten." Jessica Vieux for NPR hide caption

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The Paris Lawyer Who Gives Google Nightmares

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Why A French Attorney Is On A Digital Privacy Crusade Against Tech Titans

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In Apology, Zuckerberg Promises To Protect Facebook Community

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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Facebook Admits Data-Mining Firm Got Access To Millions Of Users' Personal Information

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