News items

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.




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.



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





Universities tackle grade inflation by cutting firsts, Emma Yeomans, The Times, 5 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.




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



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



Clearview AI fined in UK for illegally storing facial images, Shiona McCallum, BBC News, 23 May 2022.



Girls see physics as for white men only, MPs told, BBC News, 18 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)



‘No explanation’ for most first-class degrees as grades soar, Nicola Woolcock, The Times, 12 May 2022




Reparations for slavery are just a cynical shakedown, Douglas Murray, The Times, 29 April 2022





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