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Since I began working in journalism in 1990, I have written for many publications (about half of them defunct, whatever that says). I have contributed with varying degress of regularity to (among others): Scientific American, the British Guardian and Daily Telegraph newspapers, and Infosecurity Magazine, as well as New Scientist, and the Times Higher Education Supplement (not indexed here because you can't really access its articles online). Currently (May, 2014), you can find my weekly column, net.wars, here. I have, for varying degrees of recently, written for New Scientist, the Guardian, Scientific American, TechPresident, Wired, Wired News, Salon, the BBC's Webwise section, New Statesman, TheFeature.com, Smart Business (formerly PC/Computing), Mobile Business, the UK's Personal Computer World, PC Magazine UK, What PC?, PC Direct, and ComputerActive; for six months in 2000-2001 I did daily financial news covering the dot-com boom for a European new media finance site, Tornado Insider. If people remember one piece I've written, it is alt.scientology.war, which ran in Wired in 1995. My books have their own page.

I am also founding editor, in 1987, of the UK's Skeptic magazine, which continues under the sterling editorship of Deborah Hyde. I write a column for it and also for The Philosophers' Magazine; links to some of the latter are here. I also write and tweet about tennis, primarily but not solely for Daily Tennis.


In 2013: I won the Enigma Award for achievement in information security journalism. I wrote for Scientific American, the Guardian, Infosecurity Magazine, the EU's Horizon Magazine, TechPresident, and ZDNet, as well as my ongoing net.wars column. I also wrote features for/on behalf of UCL's Information Security Research Group, helped edit and write guides to online safety for teens and their parents, and gave a talk at Gikii. Occupational Hazards, the play I co-wrote with Megan van Wolkenten, was produced at the Just Kiddin Theatre near Ottawa, Ontario.

In 2011-2012 I wrote backgrounders and technical guides for NGOs including Access Now, Privacy International, and the Open Rights Group and did some research on algorithms and complexity for the Open Society Institute's Information Society Program. I also wrote regularly for Infosecurity magazine and had occasional pieces in SCientific American, the Guardian and Comment is Free, and New Scientist. Other regular work included interviews for The Inquirer/V3, book reviews for ZDNet UK, and columns for The Skeptic and The Philosopher's Magazine as well as my weekly net.wars column. Shortlisted for "Security Journalist of the Year" at the BT Security Journalism awards 2012.

In 2008-2010 Idid some writing and research work for Kable, contributed irregularly to the Guardian's Comment is Free site, The Register, Infosecurity magazine, The H, the BBC's Web site, and have been a frequent contributor to Daily Tennis. Also published, in May 2010: Why Statues Weep: the Best of The Skeptic; there's a podcast with me and Simon Hoggart at the Bristol Festival of Ideas 2010 (and a writeup) about the book. I was nominated in three categories for the 2010 BT Infosecurity journalist of the year awards.

In 2006-2007 I blogged for Blindside; wrote the Mini Rough Guide to Designing Your Future (PDF, 5MB); and appeared occasionally as an expert commentator on Channel Five news.

I have appeared on many TV and radio programs on both paranormal and Internet-related topics. Recent appearances include the BBC's Newsnight, BBC's The Big Questions, and Sky News. A couple of clips are here.

I am a long-standing member of the executive committee of the Association of British Science Writers and the advisory councils of Privacy International and the Open Rights Group. In 2011 I became a Fellow of The Center for Skeptical Inquiry.

You can read all this again in my professional bio, or you can read the twisted version in my personal bio.

What follows are (or, sadly, in many cases were) links to as much of my work as I can find on the Web. All dates are American format, and articles under each publication heading appear in reverse chronological order. If a publication has only a few entries, that doesn't necessarily mean I wrote only those few articles for it; it may simply mean those articles aren't on the Net.


From the Guardian Comment is Free (UK):

Latest contributions are linked from my contributor page on the Guardian.

From the Guardian Technology Blog (UK):

From the (UK) Guardian:

Note: Most of these articles are readily accessible; however some of the Technobiles are on the media pages, which are behind registration. Due to the recession and the changing newspaper industry, the Guardian dropped the axe on freelances in August 2009 and moved the Technology section online-only in early 2010.

From TechPresident:

From the Daily Telegraph:

(Note (5/14/04):  the Telegraph insists on registration before you can view all but the most recent articles, but there's no charge. All the pre-2000 articles seem to have been removed from the site; the URLs have been left in even though they don't work.

Starting Out pieces have their own page.

From Scientific American:

Recent articles should always be linked from my contributor's page. (Note that many of these articles are behind a paywall; the starred ones should be free to view.

From Infosecurity Magazine:

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From the Independent:

From New Scientist:

(Note: I wrote a lot more than is linked here for the magazine between 1990 and about 2006, including many book reviews. Most of these I haven't found online.)

From The Register:

Note: any recent articles should be linked from my contributor's page.

From The Philosophers' Magazine:

From V3.co.uk:

From IT Expert Magazine:

From ZDNetUK:

(Note:: ZDNet UK book reviews have their own page)

From Chairman's Network:

From Reason magazine:

From Daily Tennis:

From Salon:

From Wired:

From Application Development Advisor (UK):

From Wired News:

(You can always get the full 2004-and-later list of articles I've done for Wired News here.)

From TheFeature.com

From Smart Business (formerly PC/Computing):

From IntellectualCapital.com

From PC Magazine (UK):

From FirstPersonGlobal.com:

From IT Week:

From PC Direct (UK):

From the Netizen:

From Personal Computer World (UK):

From Skeptical Inquirer:

From the Wall Street Journal Europe (Convergence):

From siliconalleyreporter

From Business Computer World

From What PC? and Software

From Networker (at USC)

From Demon Dispatches

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