Working at the intersection of technology, data journalism and art, with a vision to use sound as a journalistic tool a weekend workshop in London aims to turn data on climate change into sounds, and then into music. … More Imagining the sound of a dying planet from mining data on climate change
The Open Society Foundations’ Fellowships programme have considered and declined my pitch for a project looking at subverting imbalances in power relations in media. Mercifully for both of us, perhaps. … More That dead cat bounced, but not very high
Should the media development sector prioritise journalism’s contribution to ‘good governance’ – ahead of more contentious challenges to unjust power structures that lead to violations of human rights? … More The media: Agenda makers or agenda changers?
The Right’s scary vision of George Soros as machiavellian Bond villain got a boost from a batch of hacked documents from his Open Society Foundations. It also revealed a network thinking hard about the work they do. … More Hacked Soros files open up Open Society Foundations
Looking back at what Boris Johnson has become since we first brushed past as fellow reporters at the 1991 Maastricht conference – birthplace of the EU as we know it – his genial bellowing at the time makes more sense. … More The real Duffer of St George, out to slay the Euro-dragon
The Anglican Communion sent the Episcopal Church back to an election-year US bearing the mark of censure, when LGBT rights in the church will be an aggressively political issue, not a liturgical one. … More Has Justin Welby washed his hands of gay marriage?
Thirty years on, Oliver Letwin’s mental mix-tape of ideology and racism is weirdly anachronistic; a Kajagoogoo track on a Radio 6 Music playlist. But in the 1980s so-called ‘SPADs’ like him were new and shocking. … More The Unbearable Lightness of Ideology
Thomas Prior’s photos of the New York City neighbourhood of Willets Point — reportedly the inspiration for Fitzgerald’s famous “valley of ashes” passage in The Great Gatsby. … More Jay Gatsby’s ‘Valley of Ashes’
The post-2015 development consensus will be more culturally and politically diverse, and probably less sympathetic to the role of a free and independent media in complex political environments. … More Readying for a hard fight for media development
On the day the Tunisian National Quartet for Dialogue won the Nobel Peace Prize, here’s my keynote speech from my last public engagement in Tunis as chair of the IFEX-Tunisian Monitoring Group in December 2011 … More Tunisia: From school for tyrants to academy of liberty