James Ball

Life on Earth is too tame for eccentric American billionaires

8 May 2021 9:00 am

For many of us, Elon Musk is a hard man to like. He’s the richest man in the world (or…

Cashing in on Covid: the traders who thrive on a crisis

13 March 2021 9:00 am

When we think of those lurching moments last spring when it became clear that much of the world, not just…

Facebook has called the Australian media’s bluff

19 February 2021 12:59 am

In 2021, it’s not uncommon to hope that everyone involved in an argument can lose, or to suspect that pretty…

The problem with ‘immunity passports’

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The many dangers of ‘immunity passports’

Were there any links between Cambridge Analytica, Russia and Brexit?

11 October 2020 8:45 pm

In July 2018, Elizabeth Denham – the woman in charge of enforcing the UK’s laws on data protection – appeared…

Unplugging Huawei will be harder than it looks

7 July 2020 10:05 pm

There is nothing some Conservatives like talking about more than Huawei. Each new development in global politics is a new…

How did the UK’s pandemic preparations go so wrong?

4 July 2020 9:00 am

How was Britain so ill-prepared for a pandemic?

The UK isn't taking the risk of contact tracing fraud seriously

3 June 2020 12:17 am

Experts have a get-out clause of which politicians can only dream when they are speaking from the podium at press briefings.…

The R-number – and the danger of false certainty

11 May 2020 5:48 am

Not much about Boris Johnson’s Sunday night television address was clear. The one definite new measure – one which will…

Can we trust Neil Ferguson’s computer code?

8 May 2020 10:34 pm

Newspapers aren’t the place to debate expert advice on a crisis. Advisors advise, ministers decide. We should keep politics out…

The price of oil just hit $0 a barrel. What’s going on?

21 April 2020 5:08 am

If you’ve ever wanted to own a barrel of oil, today might be your lucky day – for the first…

Who is monitoring the 200 million videos available daily on YouTube?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

On 25 April 2005, Jawed Karim sent an email to his friends announcing the launch of a new video site…