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Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting, evil people who might disagree with you on something. Not… Continue reading

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Online etiquette must be taught in classrooms

28 March 2014 16:09

Can we protect children from the darker aspects of the internet? That was the question put to the panel last night, when the Spectator hosted a feisty discussion about the… Continue reading

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Technology is reshaping childhood — should we be worried?

21 March 2014 12:00

Are children utterly obsessed with technology? Yes, is the obvious answer to that question, but debate about whether is it a good or bad thing rages around forums such as… Continue reading

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How long until novels are published with video inserts?

27 August 2013 10:30

In Charlie Kauffman’s Bafta lecture (a startlingly honest reflection on film writing, and well worth a listen), the screenwriter, producer and director stresses that it is of the utmost importance,… Continue reading

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The View from 22 – learning to switch off, is London the new Venice and Britain’s shale ambitions vs. the EU

8 August 2013 14:10

Will holidays ever be truly relaxing again? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Mary Wakefield and Freddy Gray discuss Clarissa Tan’s magazine cover piece on how technology has ruined… Continue reading

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If you’re on your summer holiday, why are you reading this?

8 August 2013 9:37

I’m in two minds about blogging this post. On the one hand, I’d really rather be on a sunny beach somewhere, reading a good old-fashioned book or staring at the… 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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Will the Communications Data Bill achieve its aims, or harm our technology sector? Photo: Getty Images.

The Snooper’s charter threatens Britain’s burgeoning technology boom

20 June 2013 13:00

Ministers are still mulling how they can collect communications data, and while quite rightly the debate about the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ centres on the threat to individual privacy, opponents also forget… Continue reading

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Fathers, sons and the beauty of a “borrowed” book

17 June 2013 18:28

I spent the weekend in Dublin; consequently, I am suffering from what Apthorpe would have called ‘Bechuana tummy’. For the uninitiated, Apthorpe is the premier fool in Men at Arms,… Continue reading

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Jared Cohen, co-author, with Eric Schmidt, of 'The New Digital Age'.

Interview: Jared Cohen and The New Digital Age

8 May 2013 11:29

Jared Cohen is Director of Google Ideas, a think tank set up by Google dedicated to understanding global challenges by applying technological solutions. Cohen is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow… 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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Should we be worried if Google rules the world?

Interview with a writer: Jaron Lanier

22 March 2013 9:30

In his new book, Who Owns The Future?, computer scientist, Jaron Lanier, argues that as technology has become more advanced, so too has our dependency on information tools. Lanier believes that… Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble’s digital revenue (from its Nook device) has been falling even faster than its revenue from conventional sales. (Image: Getty)

The curious incident of the books on the Kindle

14 March 2013 10:20

If you had a pile of 300 books in your house waiting to be read, what would you do? Would you go out and buy any more books? I doubt… Continue reading

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What shall we do with the racist lap-top?

6 February 2013 11:18

Important work from Latanya Sweeney of Harvard University into the inherent racism of internet search engines. She carried out a study which demonstrated a clear difference between the sort of… Continue reading

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David Willetts: arguing for economic growth through robotics. Picture: Carla Millar

David Willetts looks back to the future for economic growth

24 January 2013 20:49

Can science and technology become the backbone of the British economy? David Willetts thinks so — he’s set out eight great technologies he believes will ‘play a vital role in… Continue reading

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A clip taken from Gounod's opera Faust. Mephistopheles tempts Dr Faustus across the illuminated pages of a book of the Classics. Image: Getty

Why Dr Faustus’ dark obsessions still resonate

17 December 2012 10:43

Faustus to Helen of Troy from Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe Was this the face that launched a thousand ships? And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make… Continue reading

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Somerset probably would have approved of NaNoWriMo, a scheme that encourages aspiring authors to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Image: Getty

Write a novel in a month

15 November 2012 17:54

Could you write a novel in a month? Plenty of people around the world are trying to do just that right at the moment. November, you see, is National Novel… Continue reading

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Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' manuscript - the days of writing in long hand have passed, but what of correcting in long hand? Image: Getty.

Paper talk

1 November 2012 10:35

The rainforests must be jumping for joy these days. Which is ironic, as they’ve largely got Amazon to thank for it. As the e-book continues its rise, there’ll be less… Continue reading

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Interview: Evgeny Morozov and the net delusion

8 June 2012 14:15

You are reading this article thanks to the greatest invention of the last 50 years: the internet. The web is often regarded as a panacea for absolutely everything. It is… Continue reading

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Introducing Coffee House: the App

22 January 2012 15:14

The Sunday Times lists the ‘Top 500 Apps in the world’ (£) today, and I’m pleased to say that The Spectator’s brand new app ranks no.4 in its ‘news apps’… Continue reading

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From the archives: 50 years of human spaceflight

12 April 2011 16:50

Here at Coffee House, we normally exhume a piece from The Spectator archives on Fridays. But we thought we’d make an exception, today, for the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s… Continue reading

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Libya diary: Tobruk

30 March 2011 10:39

Twelve different checks later and I’m in Free Libya, hurling down the road to Tobruk at 100 mph, with Arabic music blasting away. This place is firmly held rebel territory… Continue reading

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There’s life in print yet

29 December 2010 11:43

On Boxing Day, Fraser blogged on whether the iPad and other mobile devices will save British journalism. His view peered into the future, but what about the market today? Fraser points… Continue reading

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Reds under the bed

30 June 2010 18:11

This Russian spy story just gets better and better. First a young, attractive Russian woman called Anna – with a penchant for uploading suggestive pictures of herself onto Facebook —… Continue reading

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My beef with Stern

27 October 2009 13:04

I must admit that I despaired this morning when I heard that Nick Stern was arguing that meat eating should become socially unacceptable because of climate change. Those of us… Continue reading

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