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Proper regulation won’t suppress freedom of speech online – it will protect it

Article written for CapX - published 13 January 2022 This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill riots in which five people died. It’s a stark reminder that dangerous behaviour online can metastasise into real-world violence. Plenty of other examples can be found closer to home, like the racist abuse of England footballers after […]

Big tech must help make the internet safer — or else

Published in the The Times on 14 December 2021 As the father of two children, aged 14 and 12, their safety now, and the nature of the world we are building for them for the future, are my main concerns. The internet is already central to how most of us stay connected, access information, work and […]

Why toxic big tech must be held to account

Article written for Mace Magazine - published 18 October 2021 If we want to end the tragedy of the harm that can come from young minds engaging with toxic content on social media platforms, the corporate culture of big tech companies needs to change. “It is our experience that there is frustratingly limited success when harmful […]

There is a sickness in British political debate that social media and anonymous accounts are making worse

Article written for The I Paper - published 18 October 2021 The murder of Sir David Amess has shocked us all in Westminster. It was an attack on our very system of democracy, killing an MP as he worked with the people in his constituency, seeking to help them and represent their concerns. It has made […]

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 […]

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