About Me

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 write news and features for the WIRED website, contribute to the magazine, produce the weekly podcast and assist with the curation of WIRED events. My personal interests include: cybersecurity; big tech; internet rights; privacy; and data – although, I cover all stories across science, technology, business and culture.

Outside of WIRED, I write, talk, and train on Freedom of Information laws, openness and transparency. I created and run the FOI Directory – which contains lists and contact details of more than 10,000 public authorities.


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.

My second book is a short business profile of Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings. The book – Reed Hastings: Building Netflix – charts the rise of Netflix under Hastings’s direction and is based around interviews with his former colleagues.

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If you would like to commission, have me talk at an event, appear on TV/radio, please send me an email: matt.burgess@condenast.co.uk / mattburgess100@gmail.com. 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.