Max Benwell

Max Benwell works as a Writer and Commissioning Editor at Independent Voices.

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5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your fitness regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech

Sebastian Siemiatkowski is the CEO of Stockholm based Klarna

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Russell Brand on Question Time

If Russell Brand really cared about his cause he wouldn’t have gone on Question Time

He should have known that anyone who is genuinely anti-establishment will always come a bit undone

Prince Harry's secret: This was supposed to be a gesture of solidarity with those living with HIV, but all our Prince did was belittle them

How is sharing dull facts about yourself supposed to tackle stigma?

Reading School, where the author attended between 2002 and 2007

My grammar school didn't directly encourage the anti-Semitic abuse I received while there, but its culture of one-upmanship did

My time at Reading School taught me how dangerous a highly competitive environment can be, and how important a zero tolerance approach to bullying is

A man winning at life

International Men's Day: Plenty of men need our help, but they don't need their own day

As well as a telling lack of demand for such a day, there are already campaigns in place for male-specific problems

Blue ticks on WhatsApp: I love chatting online, but please don't let even more people know when I ignore them

The app's introduction of the "double blue tick" means that talking to people online has just become even more stressful

By saying he'll fund the NHS with a 'mansion tax' Ed Miliband is waging class warfare — and I love it

After so many unfair policies have been unloaded on the poor and vulnerable, a tax on the wealthy is long overdue

Neymar takes the ice bucket challenge

Is it fair to criticise the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Depsite being known among cynics as "clicktivism", or "slacktivism", over the last several years web campaigning has become a huge focus for many charities.

Should there be warning labels on alcoholic drinks?

Big black letters on packs of cigarettes tell us that smoking kills, and red traffic lights ward us off unhealthy foods, but should the same rules apply to our booze?

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