I was on BBC’s Daily Politics show Thursday, 17 January 2013 discussing opening up government databases with Stephan Skakespeare who is leading the government’s review. The main point I hope I made is that access to data should be determined by what is in the public interest not necessarily that which can turn a profit.
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See the video at the TED Site.
You couldn’t make it up. While the UK Transparency twitter feed was sending out gushing messages about Cabinet Minister Francis Maude’s latest open government agenda, Speaker John Bercow, in cahoots with Tory MP Julian Lewis, was trying a rear-guard action to keep MPs’ expenses secret. You’d have thought Bercow might remember how his predecessor was […]
Newsnight reporter Allegra Stratton reported on the April 5th show (I’m looking for a link to this package) that the Government is planning to introduce fees for making Freedom of Information requests. We’ve been here before (back in 2004/05) when the law was first introduced. No surprise that politicians who were once in favour of […]
Random House have done a trailer for my upcoming book: The Revolution Will Be Digitised. Available from August 18th.
Discussing superinjunctions and Twitter on Sky News.
A piece I recorded for the BBC Daily Politics show on the 2011 Census.
I appeared on BBC Newsnight debating Tony Blair’s claim in his memoirs that in introducing the Freedom of Information Act he was a “naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop”. My opponent was the pugnacious John Prescott.
A panel discussion at the Frontline Club on how online data and its dissemination is changing journalism and the relationship between public and power.
A Newsnight interview discussing the leak of Afghan War intelligence documents to whistleblower site Wikileaks.
A presentation to Editorial Intelligence media networking hivemind.
Speaking to the Open Rights Group about the lack of transparency in publicly owned information, state sanctioned surveillance and the use of copyright as a form of censorship.
Speaking on Secrets and Surveillance at the Royal Society for the Arts, followed by questions.
Speaking to BBC’s HARDtalk programme about the culture of secrecy in Britain and the importance of making public information more accessible.
A segment on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe show in which I discuss the naming of official spokespeople.
An interview with BBC Breakfast News on the MPs expenses scandal.
BBC Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman debates the MPs Expenses scandal with Heather Brooke, Benedict Brogan of the Daily Telegraph and MP Stuart Bell.
The full tale of how I battled to obtain MPs’ expenses, told at the Centre for Investigative Journalism summer school.
A short interview piece on the criminal investigation into MPs’ expense claims.
A short interview with BBC America covering some of the background to the expenses scandal.
Debating the MPs expenses scandal on Channel 4 News with presenter Jon Snow and MP Stuart Bell.
A documentary I presented for Channel 4’s Dispatches, using publicly available information on politicians’ expense claims to piece together a forensic insight into how our money is being spent.
Top five tips on getting results with the Freedom of Information Act!
I contributed to ‘Suspect Nation’, the Channel 4 documentary by Henry Porter on surveillance in the UK.