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The good and bad news about the Online Safety Bill

14 December 2021 10:01 pm

If you care about free speech, the just-published report of the Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill – a…

Don’t let China’s climate sins cloak its crushing of Hong Kong

6 November 2021 9:00 am

China’s failure to bring anything new to COP26 surprised no one. The world’s worst carbon emitter offered no advance on…

Are we ready for the metaverse?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Prepare for the ‘metaverse’

Nick Clegg's Facebook nightmare

11 October 2021 5:45 pm

There have been many ironic fates for the lead actors in the Coalition government. For David Cameron, the premier who…

The Facebook empire is beginning to crumble

6 October 2021 6:43 pm

When empires crumble they slide slowly at first, then the temple walls come crashing down. Facebook is not quite at…

WhatsApp collapse throws Tory plots into chaos

5 October 2021 2:33 pm

The world’s oldest democratic party has had a few problems with technology in recent years. Famously it was the 2018…

The rise of Taliban Twitter

12 September 2021 8:00 am

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was swift, but this victory wasn’t won overnight. For years, the Taliban has been waging…

Beware Boris's sinister crackdown on free speech

24 June 2021 5:14 pm

A Conservative government that boasts it is a defender of free speech against the attacks of ‘the woke’ is about…

Television, not social media, is fracturing our society

20 June 2021 7:56 am

All it took for the Twitter mob to descend on me was a retweet from Michael Gove. Message after message…

What happens when Facebook pays for news?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The recently departed head of MI6, Sir Alex Younger, wants to balance China’s ideological antagonism to the West with the…

The problem with Facebook's 'Supreme Court'

15 March 2021 5:00 pm

He might now be one of the most powerful men in global media, but I find whenever I see a…

How middle-class is your dad?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The politics and posturing of ‘middle-class dads’

Facebook has called the Australian media’s bluff

19 February 2021 12:59 am

In 2021, it’s not uncommon to hope that everyone involved in an argument can lose, or to suspect that pretty…

How Facebook became a freedom-gobbling corporate monster

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse is beating the latest lockdown with a zingy new musical about social media. The performers, Francesca Forristal and…

The big tech bullies

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I was in the kitchen preparing the family’s dinner when the inauguration of Joe Biden was on TV, so I…

My historical re-enactment group’s battle with Silicon Valley

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The Wimborne Militia of Dorset prides itself on being the only formally commissioned ‘private army’ in England. We’re well known…

The tech supremacy: Silicon Valley can no longer conceal its power

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Can anyone stand up to big tech?

Was what I said on Facebook really 'hate speech'?

22 November 2020 6:00 pm

Facebook has been accused of failing to combat extremism and hate-speech among its users. But as I found out this week,…

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Unanswered questions for Big Tech

22 October 2020 8:27 am

It’s been a full week since the New York Post published their first story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which is…

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House Republicans accuse Democrats of ignoring censorship in Big Tech report

7 October 2020 8:50 am

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are releasing their own report on Big Tech on Tuesday, countering a Democratic report…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for redemption

27 September 2020 1:01 am

Stung by recent criticism, and fearing major regulation, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has announced the establishment of…

The creep of internet censorship

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Kristie Higgs, a 44-year-old school assistant, didn’t realise that criticising the sex education curriculum at her son’s school on Facebook…

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President Trump should bend — but not break — Big Tech

6 August 2020 1:47 am

Americans’ increasing focus on this fall’s elections has awakened in me a tinge of nostalgia for the good old days…

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Four main takeaways from the House’s Big Tech antitrust sideshow

31 July 2020 7:55 am

Here’s a terrifying thought: Mark Zuckerberg is the only person in Silicon Valley that the political and intellectual right can…

The chilling truth about the Facebook advertising boycott

4 July 2020 9:00 am

The printed press is not a natural ally of Facebook. Silicon Valley publishers have hoovered up so much advertising that…