Latest Issue

Debating Google in Bath

By Tom Chatfield  

prospect-debates-web_335The grand regency chamber at the heart of Bath’s Guildhall is an incongruous place to be talking about search algorithms and digital privacy. Courtesy of the rather excellent Bath Literature Festival, however, that was exactly where I found myself this Sunday, debating whether Google is good for you in the company of Tim Kelsey, Heather Brooke and our chair, Tiffany Jenkins. I kept expecting to see a bonnet or two nodding in the audience, but no such Austenesque accoutrements were to be found. In fact, there was little technophobia of any…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect