The Internet has reacted with outrage – critical & supportive – to an anonymous essay circulated internally by one of Google’s thousands of technologists, in which he criticises the corporate giant’s steps to bring gender equality to its workspace. … More Free speech, free enterprise and gender equality at Google
Should data scientists & artists ‘design in’ engineered capacity to induce human emotional responses to otherwise impenetrable data sets? Is there a plug-in for a dataset that could fix that for them? Or should they just leave the generation of emotional responses to artists? … More How to plug emotional impact into bland data sets that badly need it
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
Luckily, Friday’s celebratory mock trial found the Magna Carta barons not guilty of treason against King John in 1215. Otherwise some of our most distinguished legal names may be facing treason charges. … More Was Magna Carta Treason? No? How about Terrorism?