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The Bitcoin solution to terrorism financing

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The chairman of the U.K.’s Charity Commission, William Shawcross, recently commented that Islamic extremism is the “most deadly” threat in terms of abuse of charities in England and Wales.

The Charities Commission is responsible for regulating all charities operating in England and Wales, including those raising funds for use abroad. It is not an easy role to carry out given the complexities of our existing financial system and the lawless nature of some destinations of this aid — places like Syria, for example. Continue reading

Snack Van in Battersea

Battersea in the dark

About half a year ago I decided I needed a new hobby, ideally one that didn’t involve regularly spending money. Two months ago I finally took the plunge and bought myself a Canon EOS D600.

Since then I’ve been playing with it incessantly. Here are a few shots I took while wandering around Battersea Power Station (as you do) one night in March. Continue reading

Houses of Parliament

The “Borderline Insane” Plan to Sell UK Taxpayers’ Data

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A few days ago, we heard that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is looking at ways it can sell the personal data of UK taxpayers to private firms.

The announcement has been derided by civil liberties campaigners including David Davis MP, a senior Conservative, who called the decision “borderline insane.” Continue reading

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Is Bitcoin the Financial Saviour of a Free Press?

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Last week Edelman held its annual Crystal Ball event in London. The event is a chance to hear predictions from a panel of British society’s influencers on how they think Britain and the world will change over the course of the next year.

And predict they did. Here’s a 3-minute video highlighting some of the key moments – it’s worth a watch. Continue reading

Front Entrance of OECD Conference Centre, including new flag poles.

A Day for Trust

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A couple of weeks ago James Turner and I attended a workshop in Paris on the subject of trust in government. Our hosts, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), had titled the event “Joint Learning for an OECD Trust Strategy” and invited a global mix of individuals from the private, public and third sectors to participate. Continue reading

BRIC leaders

Brits don’t Trust BRICS

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Since the launch of the 2013 Trust Barometer back in January (on which I wrote this piece), we’ve had a few political scandals here in the UK.

However, despite these political scandals, the Emerging Markets Supplement to the 2013 Trust Barometer shows that trust in government among the UK informed public has risen by 2 points in the past year. This has not been met with a corresponding rise in trust in business, which has remained the same. Continue reading


Getting your Five a Day?

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International PR firm Edelman released their 2013 survey of global trust, the ‘Trust Barometer‘, yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The survey, released annually since the turn of the millennium, commenced with the rise of NGOs to the global scene as a consequence of the anti-globalisation movement in the US. Since then it has tracked the ‘Fall of the Celebrity CEO’ (2002), to the rise of ‘A Person Like Me’ as a credible spokesperson (2006), through to the ‘Fall of Government’ (2012). Continue reading