Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent.

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Julian Assange delivering a statement on the balcony at the Ecuador Embassy in 2012

When Google Met Wikileaks by Julian Assange, book review

Among the pioneers of the dark net was a character named “Proff”, who became an outspoken member of the cypherpunk mailing list around 1993. Proff was “a gifted young Australian called Julian Assange”, no less. In When Google Met Wikileaks, Assange makes a case for the dark net by suggesting that the open web site we all know best has sinister intentions. “Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has,” he says.

The Dark Net:Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett, book review

The Dark Net, a fascinating and disturbing journey through the furthest recesses of the Internet, opens with a story of a young girl who seeks to build her self-esteem by parading naked online via webcam.

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in ‘The Front Page’, using an old tech typewriter

The Times' newsroom set to ring with the sounds of typewriters once more

Almost as if the digital revolution never happened, the newsroom of The Times once again resounds to the clatter of the old-fashioned typewriter.

Ian Burrell: Religion is a hot topic in the wider world but, with a few exceptions, television is sorely neglecting it

Religious coverage needs to go beyond the bizarre and the dangerous

Peter Paige and Scott Lowell in Queer as Folk (Season 5)

Channel 4 plots to shock with its new gay drama Cucumber

A batch of shows that 'wouldn't get past a US network' could give tofu sales an unexpected lift

Gary Lineker: Premier League tickets are 'ridiculously expensive'

Gary Lineker has criticised the price of tickets at Premier League games as "ridiculously expensive" and said the amount of money earned in television rights means clubs could charge afford to charge less.

Phil Lester, who has 1.2m for his Amazing Phil YouTube channel, was hired with Dan Howell on BBC Radio 1

Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

The BBC has moved to protect its young audience by hiring a series of YouTube "vloggers" to work for Radio 1 ahead of the proposed closure of the youth-orientated television channel BBC3.

Channel 4 chief David Abraham warned that US media moguls had designs on British television

MacTaggart Lecture: Channel 4 boss warns of American media moguls muscling in on UK TV

US media corporations could threaten Britain's unique blend

The BBC also covered the search of Cliff Richard's private estate by helicopter

BBC accused of breaching news helicopter agreement with ITN during Cliff Richard coverage

The BBC has been accused of breaching a notification agreement it has with ITN by not informing its rivals ITV News that it was using a news helicopter on the morning it covered a raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard, following a deal struck by the corporation with South Yorkshire Police.

Jeremy Clarkson has rejected criticisms of his language, according to BBC director of television Danny Cohen

Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Director of television Danny Cohen said he found it 'entirely unacceptable'

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone