Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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Today, spiked launches the Counter-Leveson Inquiry, an intellectual two-fingered salute to the creeping conformism and censoriousness being unleashed by the Leveson process.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 29 February 2012
A topic guide from the Institute of Ideas' Debating Matters Competition.
Patrick Hayes, Debating Matters, 31 January 2012
Five centuries before Facebook and the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the Reformation
Economist, 17 December 2011
Many of the anti-Murdoch stories of the past year have been based more on rumour than reality.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 13 December 2011
The Leveson inquiry has shown the ravages of an unchecked media. Alas, privacy cannot be trusted solely to self-regulation
Timothy Garton-Ash, Guardian, 23 November 2011
There is a system for ensuring that people's phones aren't hacked. It's called the law. If the police who were meant to be upholding it had acted on the evidence they had, then quite a lot of this horrible, ugly, shameful exploitation of what ought to have been private grief, and, in Grant's case, private joy, wouldn't have happened.
Christina Patterson, Huffington Post, 23 November 2011
Truth, Lies and the Internet examines the ability of young people in Britain to critically evaluate information they consume online. The report reviews current literature on the subject, and presents a new poll of over 500 teachers. It finds that the web is fundamental to pupils’ school lives but many are not careful, discerning users of the internet.
Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Demos, 29 September 2011
Yes, the police threat to the liberal newspaper was outrageous – but who invited the authorities to crack down on the press in the first place?
Mick Hume, spiked, 27 September 2011
‘Government by Gmail’ is the logical end result of the rise and rise of the weird cult of transparency.
Patrick Hayes, spiked, 27 September 2011
Ivan Lewis has a proposal to clean up the press. Shame it's unworkable and illiberal.
Helen Lewis Hasteley, New Statesmen, 27 September 2011
Demystifying the crisis
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