Alex Cruickshank

Alex Cruickshank programmed his first computer in 1980, realising with relief that his appalling handwriting would no longer present a barrier to a successful career. He spent much of the nineties writing for nearly all the UK-based computer magazines. Then he ran his own tech website, IT Reviews, for a decade before selling it in 2010. He now writes about business and technology, with a side-line in science fiction. Despite being married with children, he finds it hard to settle down: he's lived in various places in the UK and New Zealand and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. He loathes social media but can be found online at ministryofprose.com.

Just how smart is open banking?

Brexit's FinTech compliance legacy

Brexit's FinTech compliance legacy

The UK's split with the EU has caused legislative headaches for some FinTech firms, but there are opportunities too.

Open banking regulations: EU versus UK

Open banking regulations: EU versus UK

The EU began the move to regulate and implement open banking, with the UK applying its own spin. Almost four years after PSD2, who's leading the race?

The risks of open banking

The risks of open banking

Open banking is driving the development of new FinTech services for bank customers, but is it secure?

Tech Cynic: On a knife edge

Tech Cynic: On a knife edge

Proposed solutions to the social distancing problem are coming thick and fast, all of them tech-based and concerning.

Are tech giants influencing the US presidential election?

Are tech giants influencing the US presidential election?

CEOs of major US IT corporations have their own views on who should be president. Does that matter?

Can tech keep the US elections on track during coronavirus?

Can tech keep the US elections on track during coronavirus?

Paper ballots have held firm in the face of numerous attempts to bring in electronic voting. Is COVID-19 the final straw?

Tech Cynic: WFH? Barely

Tech Cynic: WFH? Barely

Technology has made working from home easier than ever. It's hard to be cynical in these challenging times and yet...

Hedgehog, please renew my passport

Hedgehog, please renew my passport

Estonian AI chatbot in development to give citizens faster, simpler access to government services.

Tech Cynic: When China sneezes, the world catches a cold

Tech Cynic: When China sneezes, the world catches a cold

Coronavirus havoc both reveals and conceals deeper issues in IT markets and supply chains

Nordic M&A activity boomed in 2019 - can it continue?

Nordic M&A activity boomed in 2019 - can it continue?

Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland saw major IT deals, mergers and acquisitions in 2019, but what will happen in 2020?

Tech Cynic: I know your face

Tech Cynic: I know your face

Police facial recognition cameras are to be rolled out across London in spite of legal and ethical objections.

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