I am a British journalist and author working for WIRED magazine in the UK – based in central London. In my role as deputy digital editor I help coordinate, commission and edit all articles published on WIRED.co.uk. I write news and features for the website, contribute to the magazine, produce the weekly podcast and assist with the curation of WIRED events. My personal interests include: cybersecurity; internet rights; privacy; transparency; and data – although, I cover stories across science, technology, business and culture.
Outside of WIRED, I am available for freelance writing. I have contributed to Business Life, British Airways magazine; The Economist; Creative Review; Modus and more.
In 2012, I created the website FOI Directory – which contains lists and contact details of more than 10,000 public authorities. I have written and talked about the UK’s Freedom of Information laws, openness and transparency.
My previous experience includes writing for trade magazines and the national UK newspapers as a news reporter, while being based at a press agency.
In 2015, my first book – Freedom of Information: A practical guide for UK journalists – was published by Routledge. It is a ‘how to’ publication for the country’s transparency law and is based on interviews with senior journalists and information rights specialists, plus a detailed study of case law.
In 2020, my second book – Reed Hastings: Building Netflix – was published by W&N. It charts the rise of Netflix under Hastings’s direction and is based around interviews with his former colleagues.
If you would like to commission, have me talk at an event, appear on TV/radio, please send me an email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t like email try me on: @mattburgess1. If you are pitching a story, I will do my best to respond but am often inundated with emails.