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Deus ex machina

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook could be to its users what churches are to congregations: it could help them feel…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

Life gets faster — as the Earth slows down

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Modern life is too fast. Everyone is always in a hurry; people skim-read and don’t take the time to eat…

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

Will Iman give me a second chance before I die?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The death of David Bowie — how is it that Stephen Glover always gets it right about our over-reaction and…

Any Other Business

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Last year was a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions. Recovering prospects and relatively low price-earnings ratios made the takeover…

Mark Zuckerberg should be applauded — whatever his motive

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Egyptian driver of a London minicab said almost nothing during our journey but dropped me off at my destination…

Enjoy the food, not the Twitter feed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Twitter and Instagram can ruin culinary pleasure, says Bee Wilson

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

Does anyone else have an upper house as undemocratic as the Lords?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of…

I found the future of privacy among the treasures of Venice

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Almost all of Venice’s greatest treasures are on public view. Anyone who visits can look across from the Doge’s Palace…

Lesbos: the tourist island where half Greece's migrants land

1 August 2015 9:00 am

On a Greek beach, watching migrants’ dinghies arrive from Turkey

I don’t do WhatsApp, and that’s final

1 August 2015 9:00 am

‘No, I do not do WhatsApp.’ That’s pretty much all I ever seem to say to people nowadays. They ask…

The brave thing now: don’t write about your death

25 July 2015 9:00 am

In the social media age, breaking ‘the last taboo’ is de rigueur

Bletchley Park was decades ahead of Silicon Valley. So what happened?

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gordon Corera, best known as the security correspondent for BBC News, somehow finds time to write authoritative, well-researched and readable…

Ten resolutions as I stare my 50th birthday in the face

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Very soon now I shall reach my half-century. I would have preferred to keep the horror a secret but there’s…

Encounters with the nastiest people on the internet

6 June 2015 9:00 am

It is almost a century since the Michelin brothers had the brainwave of supplementing their motorists’ guide with information about…

In the future we will all speak a new language called Predictive Text

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Andy the tech guy looked delighted when I told him I had done the stupidest thing ever. He is one…

Superstar curators like Hans Ulrich Obrist tour the world making items desirable through their selection alone, while paranoically insisting that what they do is ‘work’. Study for Tate Modern Sign (Bill Burns, 2012)

Spoilt for choice: we are all curators now

18 April 2015 9:00 am

As words commonly used to write about the visual arts become increasingly useful to advertisers, ‘to curate’ is becoming the…

Easy divorce has been catastrophic for British children (and I say this as a divorcee)

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Would you find it difficult to remain friends with someone if he or she suddenly revealed that they intended to…

The technology giants are breathtakingly irresponsible about terrorism

29 November 2014 9:00 am

We know they can be good citizens when they want to be. So why are the technology giants acting in ways that could endanger us all?

Is New York ready for Cydney the spaniel (and her Facebook friends)?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

As the maître d’ ushered me into the packed restaurant, I leaned in close and intoned softly, so as not…