Philip Ellis

Freelance writer and journalist.

Writer, journalist and broadcaster specialising in culture and technology.
Will Katy Perry Ever Not Be

Will Katy Perry Ever Not Be Problematic?

That was nearly a decade ago. Since then we've seen Katy in Egyptian drag, Katy in cornrows, Katy as a geisha -- all to add colour, flair and kitsch value to her material. "I didn't know that I did it wrong until I heard people saying that I did it wrong," she says, softly, in her interview with Deray, "I may never understand... but I can educate myself, and that's what I'm trying to do along the way."
13/06/2017 17:49 BST
Hillary Rodham Clinton On Fake News And

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

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

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

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
Where Do Humans Fit Into An Artificially Intelligent

Where Do Humans Fit Into An Artificially Intelligent Future?

"There is no element of the work hierarchy where you shouldn't expect to see displacement," says Ming, citing recent McKinsey research which suggests that as much as 40 per cent of a CEO's job can be automated. "I don't think anyone currently owns that problem," she adds.
17/01/2017 15:29 GMT
Dear Donald Trump, Delete Your Account. Sincerely,

Dear Donald Trump, Delete Your Account. Sincerely, America

His many public spats aside, it is impossible to deny that Trump has leveraged social media, and Twitter specifically, in a way that no other politician has previously achieved -- and he has already indicated his intention to tweet major policy announcements rather than going through traditional communications channels.
13/01/2017 16:33 GMT
#WomenNotObjects: How Advertisers Can Help Put A Stop To Rape Culture In

#WomenNotObjects: How Advertisers Can Help Put A Stop To Rape Culture In 2017

This has been a year where misogyny has quite literally trumped empathy. In the United States, the presidential election was won by what Badger simply describes as an "Objectifier in Chief"; leaked audio of Donald Trump casually talking about assaulting women didn't end up hurting his presidential campaign one bit.
28/12/2016 11:14 GMT
The Importance Of Being

The Importance Of Being Messy

Being messy at work is a perfectly natural phenomenon, says Harford. While other spaces are designed so that everything has its place, such as kitchens and bathrooms, it's harder to apply the same approach to the constant flow of information into your phone, or the influx of things that cross your desk.
15/12/2016 11:23 GMT
How Do We Open Up The Social Media Echo Chamber Without Letting The Trolls

How Do We Open Up The Social Media Echo Chamber Without Letting The Trolls In?

Obviously, however networks choose to approach the echo chamber, be it through creating neutral spaces for debate or using AI to play matchmaker with political opposites, it would have to be done in such a way that filters out abusive language and provides a considerate environment for users to explore all of the different perspectives;
25/10/2016 13:28 BST
In The Online War On Terror, How Do We Protect Digital

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
Tackling Homophobia In The Premier League: It's Time For An Openly Gay

Tackling Homophobia In The Premier League: It's Time For An Openly Gay Footballer

Just think of the positive impact an out gay man in the Premier League could have, not just in helping young football supporters struggling with their own sexuality, but in gaining LGBT allies among straight fans. Let's hope that Gazidis will be proven correct in his prediction sooner rather than later, and that we won't have to wait five whole years.
19/10/2016 16:42 BST