Mr. Paul J. Bradshaw

Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (934 of 1,209)
Location: Midlands, UK
In My Own Words:
I write, I design, but I don't sing or dance.

My favourite movies: Cinema Paradiso; American Beauty; One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; Magnolia; Eternal Sunshine. Films that change your way of looking at things.

My favourite authors: Alessandro Baricco; Italo Calvino; Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Dou… Read more


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This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Hackt&hellip by Andy Greenberg
There is more to leaking than Wikileaks, and a more interesting tale to be told than theirs. In This Machine Kills Secrets, Andy Greenberg looks at that story - and it's an important read for any journalist interested in working with sources in the 21st century.

The book combines a history of the leaks movement - from cryptography geeks and early document sites like Cryptome - to an overview of the proliferation of new, Wikileaks-inspired sites from Al Jazeera's leaks site to Unileaks - many of which lack basic security.

Along the way there are insights into every aspect of leaking: the technology, organisational and human factors, the politics and the culture. It's a… Read more
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Circle by Dave Eggers
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, 12 Jan 2014
The Circle explores concerns around an increasingly connected and monitored society. These are valid concerns, and need exploring. But to do so in such a superficial, predictable, and most of all unbelievable manner makes for an entirely unenlightening and frankly frustrating read. Talk about a missed opportunity.

The first frustration comes with the incredibly short timescale over which events unfold. Despite centuries of history that suggest otherwise, the political actors in this book are happy to roll over to comply with a major power rival in a matter of a few weeks.

Likewise, as others have commented, Eggers seems to see (or conveniently designs) society as… Read more
FOIA without the Lawyer (Logan Handbooks) by Montague Amin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 12 Jan 2013
If you have Heather Brooke's essential reference guide to FOI, 'Your Right To Know', this book is an equally essential next step. It tackles all the niggling exemptions and excuses used by public bodies to avoid supplying information requested under the Act, and details numerous ways of anticipating and responding to them, including various references to official guidance, tips from FOI officers, and experiences of journalists and others using FOI, all of which are hugely helpful.

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