Technology

We need to change the outdated perception of flexible working

5 February 2019 16:08

It’s been almost two decades since the UK Government first introduced the right to request flexible working for parents and…

The first amendment and the internet’s free speech clash

2 January 2019 9:12

For Silicon Valley, 2018 was defined by one impossible question: should there be limits to free speech on the internet?…

The Spectator Podcast: can we fight back against digital addiction?

21 September 2018 13:57

It seems that everyone, young or old, has a smartphone these days. But why are the brightest in Silicon Valley…

The Spectator Podcast: 190th birthday

5 July 2018 15:53

Happy birthday to the Spectator. This week, we’re celebrating our 190th birthday. Lara Prendergast takes a walk down memory lane…

Why weather apps can’t be trusted

7 June 2018 15:03

The Times reports this morning that Bournemouth business leaders are hugely annoyed with the BBC, whose weather app predicted thick…

The joy of GDPR

22 May 2018 10:56

Happy GDPR week everyone! This Friday, the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, the most ambitious data privacy ruling since, well, ever. I’m not…

Investing in zero-carbon shipping will only benefit the UK economy

19 April 2018 12:55

The shipping industry contributes around 2% of all global carbon emissions – a figure comparable to the entire CO2 emissions…

The Cambridge Analytica row shows politics moving in a disturbing direction

21 March 2018 17:09

From the outside it all looked haphazard and frenzied. A campaign that was -skidding from scandal to crisis on its…

Should we believe the hype about blockchains?

15 January 2018 10:33

Blockchain is an idea whose time has come. By which I mean it’s still mostly an idea, and is currently…

The great online advertising swindle

21 December 2017 16:32

Conmen and fraudsters thrive in confusion. And few places are more confusing and opaque than the jargon-ridden world of online…

Bitcoin’s rocketing value is undermining its original purpose

8 December 2017 12:14

Everyone interested in technology has their own bitcoin story. As is the way with these things, the earlier you were…

The driverless car revolution will open up all sorts of dilemmas

23 November 2017 8:40

Philip Hammond wants fully autonomous driverless cars on our roads by 2021. That’s not too far away, is it? I…

The hidden danger of electric cars

18 November 2017 8:30

Wasn’t the whole point of electric vehicles supposed to be to civilise our cities, making them safer and less-polluted places…

How tech lobbyists harness the power of grassroots activism

31 October 2017 12:00

A strange thing happened after TFL’s decision last month not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London. The ride…

How much is your child’s schoolbag worth? The answer might surprise you

7 September 2017 15:07

As a new school term starts, this often spells an expensive shopping list for parents. School uniforms that no longer…

We should regulate, not ban killer robots

28 August 2017 9:00

Last week, 116 experts including Tesla’s Elon Musk and DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman called for a ban on autonomous weapons, otherwise known as…

Are we doing enough to secure Britain’s digital future?

20 February 2017 16:10

The UK’s digital economy represents nearly one third of the UK economy, and if nurtured properly, it could transform government,…

A fitbit for your finances and a way to improve your mental health

6 February 2017 12:43

Tools to help with ‘personal improvement’ were the big consumer trend of 2016. Whether it was healthy recipe boxes to…

Are we ready for app-only bank accounts? A growing number of firms think so

27 October 2016 11:25

Bank staff might no longer recognise your face when you walk into a branch – but a banking app might.…

Is that a bomb in your pocket? Or a Russian spy? Or both?

12 October 2016 11:13

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in the new issue of The Spectator, out tomorrow. Remember how much…