Netflix and Handshakes

By Nick Robinson [warning, spoiler alerts throughout] After finishing Season 4 of Netflix’s popular political drama, House of Cards, it had occurred to me that this incredibly well-written program had far greater resonance with political geography/geopolitics than previously expected – from realistic storylines that mirrored (or even predicted) real-time political events, to its own brand…

COMMENT | WannaCry: The Blame Game Begins

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) On Friday news broke of a ransomware attack against the NHS in England and Scotland. Malicious software infected around 45 NHS trusts, disabled NHS IT systems and locked staff out of NHS patient records. Consequently, operations were cancelled, doctor’s surgeries were closed and patients in some trusts were asked not to…

COMMENT | Technology and Terror

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) In the wake of the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge on 22 March 2017, the Daily Mail produced a front-page headline stating that Google was the ‘friend of terrorists’. The article described how it had taken the Mail just 2 minutes on Google to find a terror manual on how to…