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Khari Johnson

Khari Johnson is CalMatters' first tech reporter. He previously covered artificial intelligence use by businesses and governments as a senior writer for WIRED and VentureBeat with an emphasis on policy, power, human rights abuses, and telling the stories of people demanding accountability after being harmed by automation. He previously covered local news in San Diego. He lives in Oakland.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration plans to use generative artificial intelligence to advise its approximately 375 call center agents on state tax code. The AI will then inform what they pass on to California business owners asking for tax guidance.