James Ball: Good intentions gone bad

How the design of the open internet led to the rise of the cookie.


27. September.

Time: 13:00 - 13:30


Using reporting from his recent book The System: Who Owns The Internet And How It Owns Us, investigative journalist James Ball explains how choices made in the very design of the early internet led to the rise of private tracking through our browsers and our cookies – despite being intended to do the opposite. Having charted the rise of the cookie, Ball will then set out how it might be replaced.

About James Ball

Speaker James Ball is the global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where he oversees the not-for-profit’s international reporting projects. He also works as a weekly columnist for The New European and as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

He was previously a special correspondent at BuzzFeed UK and special projects editor at The Guardian, where he played a key role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden, as well as the offshore leaks, HSBC Files, Reading the Riots, and Keep it in the Ground projects.

James is the author of multiple books, including "Post-Truth", "Bluffocracy", and his newest book, "The System: who owns the internet and how it owns us".

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