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I'm a researcher based at the Alan Turing Institute exploring the ethical and political impact of data on society. My past research has included work on digital politics, big and open data, state surveillance and the use of web archives in research.

Generation Boom

One of my most formative experiences was an upper school trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium. Amidst all the stories of carnage and destruction, and the unfathomable numbers of casualties involved, what struck me above all else was the sheer proximity of the respective front lines. In some places a mere hundred yards might separate the two groups of… Continue reading Generation Boom

WTF offers a unique perspective on life on the front line

★★★★✩ Originally published in The Tech. Reviews often destroy movies, and only rarely, as in the case of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, do they create them. In 2011, a New York Times review of Kim Barker’s wartime memoir The Taliban Shuffle described Barker as “a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to… Continue reading WTF offers a unique perspective on life on the front line

Michael Moore’s war of hearts and minds

Originally published in The Tech. ★★★✩✩ The title of Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next, seems to reflect ambivalence on the part of its creator. It is after all no coincidence that Moore’s trio of breakout box office hits — Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko — appeared during the administration of… Continue reading Michael Moore’s war of hearts and minds

Causation, Correlation, and Big Data in Social Science Research

Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2015) Causation, Correlation, and Big Data in Social Science Research. Policy & Internet 7 (4), 447-472. The emergence of big data offers not only a potential boon for social scientific inquiry, but also raises distinct epistemological issues for this new area of research. Drawing on interviews conducted with researchers at the forefront… Continue reading Causation, Correlation, and Big Data in Social Science Research

The Strange Death of Centrist England?

Politics is a capricious business. There's a parallel universe somewhere in which the main political story of the day is prime minister David Miliband's first 100 days, focussed on his surprisingly deft and humane handling of the migrant crisis. "Miliband is acting", grumbles the Daily Mail, "like he's head of the International Rescue Committee". David Cameron… Continue reading The Strange Death of Centrist England?