Writing

Nelson Mandela

I’ve been writing for magazines, newspapers and websites since the turn of the century. These days I tend to cover stories that relate to technology, data, and strange cultural trends.

Here are a few examples of my work from the brilliant Delayed Gratification

Breaking bad
As internet news outlets race to be first to a story, some of them are going a little too fast – attempting to pre-empt court verdicts, sports results and notable deaths.
Read it at Delayed Gratification

Mexican standoff
On 15th July 2013, the leader of the most brutal drug cartel in Mexico was finally arrested. Until the Mexican police took him in, only one enemy had ever truly defeated him – the shadowy super-geeks of Anonymous.
Read it at Delayed Gratification

The panda problem
Two of the star attractions at Edinburgh Zoo – giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang – arrived in December 2011 following a £6 million deal struck with the Chinese government in January of that year. But can we afford to keep these layabout animals – and how do we justify the cost of propping up a species that doesn’t appear to want to be saved?
Read it at Delayed Gratification

The blackmail algorithm
The Ashley Madison hack was just one example of our vulnerability to hackers. I looked at the techniques and technology being used to access your personal data.
Read it at Delayed Gratification

Your p@55word has expired
The most widespread and oldest form of digital security is fundamentally broken – we just haven’t accepted it yet. I took a look at just how vulnerable we are, and what the alternatives might be
Read it at Delayed Gratification

Planking and the contagiousness of culture
When the strange global trend for ’planking’ claimed its first victim, I took a look at meme theory and asks whether it can explain the sometimes fatal desire to impersonate a piece of wood
Read it at Delayed Gratification

Police, camera, action
In May 2014, the Metropolitan Police in London fitted 500 officers with body cameras. The news was greeted with little fanfare but, it could represent a potentially momentous shift in our relationship with the law
Read it at Delayed Gratification

Weapons of mass production
Could 3D printers be used to create cheap, untraceable guns that anyone with an internet connection could manufacture at home? As Defence Distributed launched its campaign to build a universal Wiki Weapon, I investigated how Bre Pettis and his Replicator machine are set to revolutionise the world of manufacturing, ushering in an era of DIY Nikes and printout pistols
Read it at Delayed Gratification

Illustration above by Vanessa Arnaud for Delayed Gratification.

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