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Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

11 August 2018 9:00 am

They used to say that the primary function of a boat was to be beautiful. I suppose that is why…

What’s bad for slick estate agents like Foxtons is good for working Londoners

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Those twice-weekly sales emails from Foxtons that the recent GDPR clean-up has failed to stop have lately been spattered with…

Meet the ‘Fangs’, the stock to sink your teeth into

26 May 2018 9:00 am

The ‘Fang’ tech giants may have been hit by scandal but they’ll soon bounce back, says Matthew Lynn

So farewell Toys ‘R’ Us, the predator that became the prey

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I remember the arrival of Toys ‘R’ Us in Britain, because as a young banker in 1984 I was tasked…

Big data is watching you – and it wants your vote

24 March 2018 9:00 am

The Cambridge Analytica row shows politics moving in a disturbing direction

I’ve faked my own iPhone death

17 February 2018 9:00 am

After much thought, I am toying with the idea of faking my own death. I mean in a virtual sense,…

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…

The tech giants have become publishing tycoons. Let’s have laws to deal with them

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The giants of the internet have long said that they are not publishers but mere platforms — or couriers —…

Tech vs Trump: the great battle of our time has begun

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Social media helped Trump take the White House. Silicon Valley won’t let that happen again

We need more Rees-Mogg, less Yvette Cooper

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I think this week marks my 40th anniversary as a Spectator columnist, but I’m not 100 per cent certain. All…

Does sexism really bug Silicon Valley?

23 September 2017 9:00 am

A high-profile sacking at Google has exposed tech’s ‘women’ problem

Silicon Valley’s wealthy elite have made social inequality worse

12 August 2017 9:00 am

California’s tech elite have made social inequality worse

Deus ex machina: Social networks can’t replace religion

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Social networks can’t replace religion

Alt-hate: Who knew the left had so much venom?

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Who knew the left had so much venom?

We need to address the murky world of online political advertising – fast

20 May 2017 9:00 am

In his new book Move Fast and Break Things, the American academic Jonathan Taplin makes a decent case that, democratically…

My feminist, girl-power, girlie theme night

13 May 2017 9:00 am

I was sitting between mother and daughter on the sofa, and we were having a ‘wee night’ as Glaswegians put…

Until the election is over, anti-social media is best avoided

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Until the election is over, it’s best avoided

How not to be a model ex-girlfriend

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Someone has given the builder boyfriend an iPhone and things will never be the same. Until now, he has always…

There are plenty of ‘ordinary people’ in the liberal elite

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, likes making and keeping New Year resolutions. In recent years he has learnt Mandarin,…

Social media, Michael Gove and me

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The publication of private emails by Colin Powell has spread panic in Washington. Now nobody feels safe. Some prominent people…

Think Brexiters are friendly and cheerful? Try manning a Remain stall

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Leave’s grumpy grassroots Sir: James Delingpole should join us at a Remain street stall. He would soon be disabused of…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

Life gets faster — as the Earth slows down

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Modern life is too fast. Everyone is always in a hurry; people skim-read and don’t take the time to eat…

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…