James Coe
James Coe recently graduated with an MA in Politics from the University of Warwick. He has since held positions in the Civil Service and the UK Parliament. He is interested in all things political but is particularly interested in asking 'where next?', as opposed to 'what's now?'.

Entries by James Coe

Mass Surveillance: Britain's Internet Must Remain Free

(4) Comments | Posted 4 November 2015 | (00:00)

Surveillance is necessary in the modern world but we must be careful not to bring Bentham's 'Panopticon' to life.

On 3 November, the Government published the long awaited Investigatory Powers Bill. In the words of the Queen's Speech it "will provide the police and intelligence agencies with the tools to...

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Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2015 | (08:51)

Just weeks before the election Myanmar police have arrested the student activist, Kyaw Ko Ko.

YANGON, MYANMAR: On 8 November, Myanmar will hold its first democratic general election. The National League for Democracy party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, is poised to take the majority of the 75% seats...

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Should Hackerspaces Replace Libraries?

(6) Comments | Posted 11 October 2015 | (23:02)

Technology has made accessing information more equal but as it develops we need to ensure that access to the software and hardware is possible for all and not just the wealthiest. Converting public libraries into hackerspaces might be our way to do that.

Library use is on the decline. Since...

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Will Virtual Reality Replace the News?

(1) Comments | Posted 22 September 2015 | (01:00)

In 2016 consumers can expect to see virtual reality (VR) headsets released by Facebook, Valve and Sony. This could be the start of something big for the gaming industry but could it also be the start of a new way for people to 'experience' the news?

The allure of transporting...

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Why Is Syria's Bashir Al-Assad Still In Power?

(2) Comments | Posted 6 September 2015 | (22:04)

In March 2008 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi addressed the Arab Leader's Summit in Syria. Gaddafi spoke without his trademark slurred speech and instead spoke with both passion and concern. Midway through his speech he turned his attention to what he perceived to be the injustices of the American intervention in Iraq:...

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Punishing Dissent: Whistle-blowing Is Inconvenient But Must Be Protected

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2015 | (23:50)

It was 15:57, 2 May, 1982 when the British submarine, the HMS Conqueror, fired three 21 inch Mk 8 torpedoes at its target, the Argentinian warship ARA General Belgrano. 323 were killed in the attack, it was the single most deadly incident during the entire Falklands conflict. Rumours were abound...

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Generation Rent: Wipe Your Shoes on the Way In

(20) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (01:00)

Currently 3.6million people privately rent their property, this accounts for 17% of all housing. This figure has increased rapidly from just 9% in 1991, and estimates suggest that it will continue to rise to 20% by 2015. In other words, one in every five houses will be 'to let' by...

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Altruism Online: Five Uplifting Stories From Reddit

(1) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (01:00)

I want to share five stories of when people have used the social media website Reddit to unconditionally help another. Initially I wanted to write an opinion piece explaining how support is being out-sourced from nucleus based organisations to the anarchy of the 'net but I decided that...

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