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Philip Ellis

Freelance writer and journalist.

Writer, journalist and broadcaster specialising in culture and technology.

Hillary Rodham Clinton On Fake News And Misogyny

"I'm not going anywhere," she says. "I have a big stake in what happens in this country. I'm unbowed and unbroken about what happened. I don't want it to happen to anyone else, or to happen to the values or institutions I care about... We're at a very pivotal point, so I'm going to keep writing, and talking, and supporting the people who are on the front lines of the resistance."
01/06/2017 12:43 BST

Kendall Jenner's Slammed Pepsi Ad Is Proof Advertising Needs Diversity

It isn't necessarily a bad thing for brands to want to be involved in activism. They have the money and the influence to potentially drive real change forward. But throwing Muslim photographers, Asian cellists and transgender activists into the supporting cast of a Kendall Jenner publicity stunt is not the way to go about it.
05/04/2017 16:37 BST

The New Stranger Danger: How To Stay Safe Online In The Age Of Cyber Crime

From an early age, we're taught not to take candy from strangers. Our parents drill a suspicion of the unknown into us, arming us with the tools to keep ourselves safe. But when it comes to the online world, grown adults who should know better throw caution to the wind, handing over all kinds of intimate data in exchange for use of a free app or wifi network.
14/03/2017 16:20 GMT

Winston Churchill And The Importance Of A Cosmic Outlook

It's an interesting time to be a scientist. Recent proposed policy changes in the United States have the scientific community deeply troubled, most notably the assertion that science is somehow a bipartisan arena, or a matter of opinion.
21/02/2017 17:15 GMT

In The Online War On Terror, How Do We Protect Digital Freedoms?

In a bid to stem the tide of digital radicalisation by terrorist groups such as Islamic State, the European Parliament has approved plans for new legislation which will allow rapid and widespread removal of extremist content from the internet. Digital rights activists are up in arms over the decision, which they fear will lead to private organisations policing and censoring internet users with impunity.
24/10/2016 17:43 BST

Here's How Mobile Innovation Can Help End Poverty

The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.
25/02/2016 10:40 GMT

YouTubers and the Trouble With Being Relatable

Relatability might be the influencer's currency, but it's also part of the problem. Consumers will sit in online queues for hours to get tickets to Adele's new tour or the upcoming Harry Potter play, but they resent sitting through a 30 second ad in order to watch their favourite vlogger broadcast from their bedroom.
16/12/2015 15:19 GMT

Facebook and the Far Right

Could it be, with the Armed Forces actively distancing themselves from nationalist propaganda, parody pages like Britain Furst lampooning such fear-mongering, and artists like Waldhauer drawing attention to the omnipresence of racist content, that that the days of casual xenophobia on Facebook may finally be numbered?
05/11/2015 17:13 GMT

The Top 10 Greatest Witches of All Time

Earlier this week, while watching a re-run of <em>Charmed</em> over cereal, I naively decided to list my top five favourite witches on Twitter. The backlash was surprising; everyone had their own opinions. This more comprehensive ranking is an attempt to placate my critics before they turn me into a frog.
30/10/2015 16:26 GMT

Happy Halloween! Here's Why Scary Stories Matter

"Every story is, in its tiny way, a horror story," says author Chuck Wendig... So lock the front door, check under the bed for monsters, and huddle under the covers as we take you through the three reasons why sometimes, just sometimes, it's good to be afraid.
29/10/2015 18:20 GMT

Rebel Rebel: #EverydaySexism And The Art Of Protest

Be it the tale of the Suffragettes winning the vote for women over a century ago, or a single woman in 2015 finding the courage to report harassment, it is impossible to predict what the ultimate combined impact of all these tales will be.
15/10/2015 10:22 BST

Can Taking a Selfie Really Help You Live Longer?

We all remember Microsoft's brief sojourn in facial analytics earlier this year, the 'How Old' website which guessed the age of people on social media with varying degrees of success. But chronological age is not what matters here; instead it is the rate at which a person is biologically aging, which can be affected by their lifestyle and environment.
28/09/2015 16:14 BST

Do We Really Need Another Social Network?

Fans of pop culture juggernaut Lady Gaga are in for a treat this week with the launch of new social network <a href="http://www.LittleMonsters.com" target="_hplink">LittleMonsters.com</a>, an online community thought up by Gaga's manager Troy Carter.
16/07/2012 12:33 BST

What was Wrong (and right) with Torchwood: Miracle Day

Torchwood has had its ups and downs from the very beginning. In its first two years, it struggled to shrug off the teatime adventure reputation of its progenitor Doctor Who by giving its viewers what it thought they wanted: sex and violence in equal measure.
16/09/2011 15:29 BST