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The Olympian smugness of the anti-Sochi gay protests

7 February 2014 18:32

Now look, as Tony Blair would say, homophobia is bad. Very bad. But does that mean we have to turn the Sochi Winter Olympics into a sort of global gay… Continue reading

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It's not the just NSA spying on us online, it's the big IT firms too. Illustration: Morten Morland

Hypocrisy alert: big tech firms complain of data intrusion

9 December 2013 18:28

It’s time to reform government surveillance, so say the internet’s tech giants. Following the stream of NSA spying revelations from The Guardian; AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on online images of child abuse on the ‘dark internet’. Technology… Continue reading

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Pornography will always be available online. It will just go underground. Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Porn, porn everywhere. But will David Cameron’s proposals actually work?

22 July 2013 11:33

Has the Prime Minister been too naïve in cooking up plans to tackle unadulterated online access to porn? Today’s Daily Mail is totally ecstatic at the proposals, but fails to take into account… Continue reading

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The View from 22 — Osborne’s property bubble, the ongoing Tory wars and Google’s taxing issue

23 May 2013 9:12

Will George Osborne’s manipulation of the property market cause catastrophe? In this week’s Spectator cover feature, Merryn Somerset Webb argues the Chancellor’s recycling of cheap debt through his Help To Buy and… Continue reading

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Cameron leaves the goal open for Clegg and Miliband on tax avoidance

22 May 2013 15:35

It’s fashionable to say Downing Street isn’t very good at strategy. So fashionable, in fact, that sometimes journalists worry they’re being unfair to the Tory leadership. But today we saw… Continue reading

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Should we be worried if Google rules the world?

Interview with a writer: Evgeny Morozov

26 April 2013 10:15

Evgeny Morozov is an iconoclast. He believes that technology, if abused or misused, has the potential to make society less free. His latest book, To Save Everything , Click Here,… Continue reading

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Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sits on the government's Business Advisory Group. Picture: Getty

George Osborne urged to drop Google boss as business adviser

29 January 2013 22:29

Starbucks had a go at David Cameron on Sunday for his ‘cheap shots’ at the coffee chain’s tax arrangements in the UK. The company felt it was being unfairly singled… Continue reading

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South Korean conservative protesters participate in an anti-North Korea rally reacting to North Korea launching the long-range missile on December 12, 2012 in Seoul. Image: Getty

Google maps North Korea

29 January 2013 15:01

Google has mapped North Korea. The Washington Post has useful selection of before and after images. Compare the images for North Korea with a map of the county in which… Continue reading

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Jimmy Carr, another figure to face public wrath over his tax affairs, at a launch in a Starbucks in 2012. Picture: Getty

MPs criticise ‘voluntary’ tax arrangements for Starbucks and other big companies

3 December 2012 9:01

Danny Alexander might be glad that a PR panic before the Public Accounts Committee published its report into HMRC and the ability of multinational companies to avoid paying their share… Continue reading

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Annals of Odd Complaint: Moaning that Google Does Exactly What You Say You Want It To Do - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 11:21

Via Tim Worstall, here’s Jeanette Winterson: A fiery Jeanette Winterson has called for the hundreds of millions of pounds of profit which Amazon, Starbucks and Google were last week accused… Continue reading

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Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount has already been written on the rise of China and… Continue reading

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25 February 2009: They wish we all could be Californian: the new Tory

2 March 2012 18:14

With the news that Steve Hilton is heading back to the West Coast, we’ve dug up this piece from 2009 by Fraser Nelson. He discusses the last time Hilton decamped to… Continue reading

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Steve Hilton to leave Downing St

2 March 2012 16:17

The Prime Minister’s strategy chief is heading to California to teach for a one year sabbatical, we learn. But who takes a one-year sabbatical in the middle of what’s supposed… Continue reading

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Whitehall could use some Google thinking

14 November 2011 17:08

Today’s New York Times has a fun piece about Google X, the secret lab where Google is working on its special projects. The ideas are, suitability, far out. They are,… Continue reading

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Fighting back against Google

27 October 2010 18:03

The Tory MP for Harlow, Rob Halfon, has secured an historic backbench business debate tomorrow on privacy and the internet. In my opinion, this subject is of vital importance to… Continue reading

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The press’ obsession with the Tories, Rachel Whetstone and Google is immature 

11 August 2009 16:07

Nearly all the papers have run articles on Rachel Whetstone today. These pieces concentrate on the fact that she’s the partner of Steve Hilton, Cameron’s chief strategist, and that the… Continue reading

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