On Channel 4 News discussing UK’s emergency surveillance laws

Video: Freeing our Data

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.

Video: Prince Charles, privacy and public lobbying

Check out the Guardian’s Prince Charles page for the latest news on our unelected and unaccountable heir to the throne.

My TED talk goes live!

See the video at the TED Site.

They’re at it again. MP expenses

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 […]

Video: Discussing FOI on Newsnight

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 […]

Talking on BBC News about UK Government mass surveillance proposal

Video: The Revolution Will Be Digitised

Random House have done a trailer for my upcoming book: The Revolution Will Be Digitised. Available from August 18th.

Superinjunctions video

Discussing superinjunctions and Twitter on Sky News.

Daily Politics: The Census

A piece I recorded for the BBC Daily Politics show on the 2011 Census.

Newsnight: Tony Blair and FOI

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.

The data revolution: How WikiLeaks is changing journalism

A panel discussion at the Frontline Club on how online data and its dissemination is changing journalism and the relationship between public and power.

Newsnight interview: Wikileaks

A Newsnight interview discussing the leak of Afghan War intelligence documents to whistleblower site Wikileaks.

Editorial Intelligence ‘Thought for the Day’ breakfast

A presentation to Editorial Intelligence media networking hivemind.

Open Rights Group

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.

Secrets and Surveillance

Speaking on Secrets and Surveillance at the Royal Society for the Arts, followed by questions.

Heather on HARDtalk

Speaking to BBC’s HARDtalk programme about the culture of secrecy in Britain and the importance of making public information more accessible.

Newswipe: Official sources

A segment on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe show in which I discuss the naming of official spokespeople.

BBC Breakfast News: MPs Expenses

An interview with BBC Breakfast News on the MPs expenses scandal.

Newsnight: MPs Expenses debate

BBC Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman debates the MPs Expenses scandal with Heather Brooke, Benedict Brogan of the Daily Telegraph and MP Stuart Bell.

Talking at Centre for Investigative Journalism

The full tale of how I battled to obtain MPs’ expenses, told at the Centre for Investigative Journalism summer school.

Criminal investigation into MPs claims

A short interview piece on the criminal investigation into MPs’ expense claims.

BBC America interview

A short interview with BBC America covering some of the background to the expenses scandal.

Channel 4 News: MPs Expenses

Debating the MPs expenses scandal on Channel 4 News with presenter Jon Snow and MP Stuart Bell.

Dispatches: The Westminster Gravy Train

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.

XCity 2008

Top five tips on getting results with the Freedom of Information Act!

Suspect Nation

I contributed to ‘Suspect Nation’, the Channel 4 documentary by Henry Porter on surveillance in the UK.