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Telegraph: We have a once-in-a-generation chance to hold tech giants to account

Written for the Daily Telegraph - published 29 July 2021 The senior Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth wrote in a now infamous internal company memo “the ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good”. The trouble the tech […]

The Times: MPs need answers from BBC on Bashir and culture of cover-up

Written for The Times - published 15 June 2021 Today three BBC directors general will give evidence to the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, each facing questions about what they knew and when, about the cover-up of the deceitful methods used by Martin Bashir to secure his 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana. […]

Mace Magazine: Pressing for Freedom

Excerpted from the Westminster Hall Debate held on 27 May 2021 to mark World Press Freedom Day 2021. Published by Mace Magazine on 28 May 2021 World Press Freedom Day falls on 3 May – as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom, a day of reflection among […]

Irish Times: Lloyd George came around to the idea a truce and talks were better than no talks at all

Article written for the Irish Times - published 25 May 2021 At Euston Station on the morning of November 26th, 1920, nine gun carriages each bearing a coffin covered in the Union flag were escorted to Westminster by soldiers from the Guards regiments and an armed detachment from the Auxiliary Royal Irish Constabulary, the “Black […]

The Times: Independent regulator is only forward for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Like?

Article written for The Times - published 11 May 2021 Facebook knows it has a problem with content that can cause harm, and its own research has shown that not only does it allow such content to spread on its systems, but that its recommendation tools actively promote it to users. The company has to […]

The Daily Telegraph: We don't need another football inquiry. We need to stop this outrageous Super League in its tracks

Article written for the Daily Telegraph, published 19 April 2021 Professional football in England has always been about fair and open competition. Teams strive to be the best, with promotion and relegation between divisions marking their successes and failures. While some are more often than not at the top of the pile, overall 49 different […]

City AM: Covid-19, a year on - What we've learnt about teen gambling and video games

Article written for City AM - published 26 March 2021 Every time you pick-up a smart device, you’re entering a multi-billion-dollar war zone, where the battle for your attention rages. Tech companies make money from the apps we use and the ads we see. The longer we engage, the more money is made, and gambling […]

Digital Confidential: A Change is Gonna Come

Article written for Mace Magazine - published 1 March 2021 A 1964 Ku Klux Klan meeting led by Clarence Brandenburg in Hamilton County, Ohio and recorded by a Cincinnati television station has become central to two big debates this year. Firstly, should President Donald Trump have been impeached for his part in an insurrection at […]

Daily Mail: We must act now against this bullying parasite

Article written for the Daily Mail - published 23 February 2021 This is a battle we should have fought and won long ago. But now that the stakes have risen so high - with Facebook and the Australian government at war over the tech giant's refusal to pay for news content - we must all […]

PoliticsHome: Facebook’s contempt for free press and disregard of legislative democracy should concern us all

Article written for PoliticsHome - published 21 February 2021 With a united voice, we must support the Australian government in the face of this bullying from Facebook. This week the attention of the tech policy world has been focused on the Australian House of Representatives, where Scott Morrison’s liberal-national government are in the final stages […]

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