I used to use Twitter and Facebook to post items of news that interest me (incuding ones that I disagree with), but since the proposed purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk in April 2002 I have decided to reduce my use of these social media platforms, and instead use this page to keep a chronological record of some of the news items in which I am interested so that I can refer back to them in the future (commencing at the end of April 2022). For material relating to the interface between digital tech and the environment, please also see DESC’s stories page (material posted there is not duplicated here).
The rise and rise of anti-Muslim hate music in India, Raghvendra Rao, BBC News, 8 August 2022.
Venture capital’s silent crash: when the tech boom met reality, Richards Waters, in the Financial Times, 1 August 2022
Winland Academy caught hiring writers for uni applications, Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 30 July 2022 – surprise, surprise, this has been happening for a long time. Not surprising when hugher education is a business.
Elon Musk’s Tesla sells most of its Bitcoin holdings, BBC News, 21 July 2022
Addressing modern slavery with data science methods, UKRI, 18 July 2022
Why are there so few black women in England’s Euros squad?, The Sunday Times, 17 July 2022 (note that 3/23 is 13%, far higher than the percentage of black people in England)
I don’t need a talking toothbrush! When ‘smart’ tech gets too smart, Madeleine Spence, in The Sunday Times, 17 July 2022.
Boris Johnson: Fact-checking three years of the outgoing prime minister’s claims, BBC News, 8 July 2022
Don’t blame your bad behaviour on autism, Ben Spencer, The Sunday Times, 10 July 2022
Adam Kay: my electric car hell, The Sunday Times, 10 July 2022
‘Horrendous’ sex education lessons to be investigated by children’s commissioner, by James Beal, The Times, 5 July 2022.
Weak laws on gambling cost lives, warn MPs, by Geraldine Scott, The Times, 5 July 2022.
Hacker claims to have obtained private details of a billion Chinese citizens, by Didi Tang, The Times, 5 July 2022.
Universities tackle grade inflation by cutting firsts, Emma Yeomans, The Times, 5 July 2022
New public buildings must have separate male and female toilets, says minister, BBC News, 4 July 2022
Help, my energy smart meter is lying to me, Ali Hussain and David Byers, The Sunday Times, 3 July 2022
‘Sex positive’ education is harming children, Janice Turner, The Times, 1 July 2022.
Cambridge University fellows dismiss Gonville and Caius College report on slavery as ‘distorted’, Nicola Woolcock, The Times, 27 June 2022
Tangshan and Xuzhou: Fury and questions over China’s treatment of women, Frances Mao, BBC News, 24 June 2022
India’s government cuts Muslim rulers from Indian history books, Penelope MacRae, The Times, 21 June 2022
Plans to close all rail ticket offices in UK…, The Sunday Times, 19 June 2022
Palantir gears up to expand its reach into UK’s NHS, Madhumita Murgia and Sarah Neville, Financial Times, 9 June 2022
Harry and Meghan’s private jet to US raises climate questions, Andrew ELison and Debbie White, The Times, 6 June 2022.
EU sets date for common phone charge cable, Tom Gerken, BBC News, 7 June 2022
Russian phone scammers prey on families of Ukrainian soldiers, Larisa Brown, in The Times, 25 May 2022
Church of England priest accused of antisemitic conspiracy posts, Kaya Burgess, The Times, 24 May 2022.
Clearview AI fined in UK for illegally storing facial images, Shiona McCallum, BBC News, 23 May 2022.
The radio station giving indigenous people a voice, BBC News, 19 May 2022
Girls see physics as for white men only, MPs told, BBC News, 18 May 2022
Europeans’ data shared 376 times daily in advertising sales, report says, BBC News, 16 May 2022
Liz Truss ties aid to trade to take on ‘malign actors’, The Times, 16 May 2022. See also FCDO The UK Government’s Strategy for International Development (May 2022)
Crypto crash: Stablecoin collapse sends tokens tumbling, Joe Tidy, BBC News, 12 May 2022
‘No explanation’ for most first-class degrees as grades soar, Nicola Woolcock, The Times, 12 May 2022
Migrant workers are flipping the script and using Photovoice to tell their own stories, Reena Kukreja, The Conversation, 8 May 2022
Reparations for slavery are just a cynical shakedown, Douglas Murray, The Times, 29 April 2022
Katharine Birbalsingh: Girls dislike hard maths, says education adviser, BBC News, 28 April 2022
Russia’s casual savagery is seared into its soul: The absence of a historical reckoning with the evils of Stalinism has spawned a people who believe brutality works, David Aaronovitch, The Times, 27 April 2022
Britain shouldn’t feel guilty about Empire, says Australian diplomat, George Grylls, The Times, 27 April 2022