Chris is one of the UK’s leading business IT journalists.


Writing skills: Features; news; comment; blogs; analysis; interviews; special reports; bespoke copywriting; white papers; and research. Plus: product development; editing; leadership; and team building (see Magazine Editor).

Specialist subjects: Robots & robotics; AI & machine learning; IoT; automation; autonomous systems; big data & analytics; business strategy; leadership; enterprise technology; tech policy; government; technology ethics and social impact; mobility; enterprise cloud; digital rights; surveillance; publishing; music & film distribution; collaboration; security; unified communications; space exploration & astrophysics; science; open source; sourcing.

Published in: The Guardian; the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World; The Times; Computing; Computer Weekly; Professional Outsourcing; diginomica; Strategist magazine;; i-CIO; Hack & Craft News; Publishing News; Citywire; Digital Marketing World Forum (#DMWF); Tomorrow People (agency); CIS;; Personnel Today;;; Business & Technology magazine; NRM; Outsource; and PC World, among others.

Interviewed on: Sky TV; BBC Radio 2; BBC local radio stations; Incisive Media webinars.

An original voice

Chris’ critical thinking, imagination, analysis, dark sense of humour, and status as a ‘cultured outsider’ make him an unusual voice in journalism: someone who can see either opportunities or risks in a situation much sooner than most – and then explain why in simple and powerful terms. He zeroes in on the ethical and societal elements as well as the technology and its strategic applications.


Chris has produced over 100 white papers and bespoke research projects for Incisive Media and other blue-chip companies, and has written an in-depth analyst report on Digital Rights for Juniper Research.

Pundit, conference host, and public speaker

Chris has been interviewed many times – on Sky TV, on BBC Radio 2 and local BBC stations, among others – talking about robotics and AI. He has also appeared in numerous webinars and podcasts.

Chris is an experienced public speaker and conference host, hosting the Space Innovation Congress and the Digital Marketing World Forum (DMWF), among others, and chairing panels at UC EXPO, Computing and Businesscloud9 conferences.

As a robot expert and owner of a humanoid robot, Chris can incorporate real robots into speeches and presentations.

A future thinker over two decades…

  • In 1995, Chris’ first article as a journalist predicted Apple’s resurgence.
  • In 1997, he wrote ‘Can you hear me, Major Tom?’, the first in-depth report on the internet’s threat to the music industry, interviewing George Michael, the Cocteau Twins, technologists, and major label CEOs, for Business & Technology magazine.
  • Further reports followed on how digital businesses would disrupt industries such as retail, insurance, travel, and the automotive sector – long before most business magazines were discussing it.
  • His analyst report ‘Digital Rights Strategies for Rich Media Content’ (Juniper Research, 2004) accurately predicted today’s trends in music, film, and digital content distribution over ten years ago.
  • Chris single-handedly launched and produced 14 print quarterly issues of Professional Outsourcing magazine, together with 12 spin-off supplements, between 2010 and 2014, writing, editing, designing, and laying out the publication. He also conceived, designed, and launched Strategist magazine and
  • In 2014, a Strategist article co-written with Stuart Lauchlan forced a reversal of UK government policy on its plans for the G-Cloud.
  • In 2015, Chris’ world exclusive on PayPal’s global outage was one of Computing’s top ten most widely read news stories of the year.
  • In 2017, Chris was the only journalist in the world to uncover Apple’s plans for a new CRM system, in a news story published in Computing.
  • Chris is probably the only technology journalist in the UK – possibly worldwide – to own a real humanoid robot.

Links to select recent articles

2020: why a quarter of workers could be robots

Is government walking a red flag ahead of a robot revolution?

Procurement myopia – digital buyers must focus on business need, not cost

Calling Doctor Robot: the ethical and technical obstacles (diginomica)

Rolls Royce’s robotic jet engine surgery  (Hack & Craft News)

Why a quarter of workers really could be robots (Hack & Craft News)

How to navigate AI’s ethical minefield (diginomica)

Is government impeding the robot revolution? (diginomica)

Rise of the Britbot: UK Robotics Week reveals great progress (diginomica)

Global innovation report: why the UK must change its tune (Hack & Craft News)

GDPR, Brexit, and surveillance: the perfect storm (Hack & Craft News)

How technology is changing the news itself (Hack & Craft News)

Sugar launches Relationship Intelligence (diginomica)

A manifesto for digital change: education and skills (Hack & Craft News)

Why the New York Philharmonic is a maestro at content management (diginomica)

CERN’s asset management super-collider (Hack & Craft News)

Apple goes sweet on Sugar CRM (Computing)

Hermes delivers self-driving robots to London’s streets (diginomica)

Think tank claims robots and AI will claim 250,00 public sector jobs (diginomica)

AI: friend or foe? Part 1 (Hack & Craft News)
AI: friend or foe? Part 2 (Hack & Craft News)

Make way for the Eurobot! Brussels seeks to regulate robots and AI (diginomica)

How Amazon’s Echo could kill marketing (diginomica)

The boy who marketed the future (LinkedIn)

Chris’ #DMWF blog

Fitbits and vempires: Why consumers want their data back – DMWF keynote speech (LinkedIn)

Brexit report: High-tech investment (Computing)

Brexit report: Data governance and antitrust (diginomica)

Brexit report: Skills and youth (LinkedIn)

Keeping data secure in the mobile age (The Times/Raconteur)

Rise of the robots

The Political Algorithm

SKA: The biggest big data project in the universe (diginomica)

IT giants form coalition to fight surveillance proposals (

Why we need personal APIs in the age of Spotify’s ‘privacy’ policy (diginomica)

Why robots should be kept out of finance and accounting (diginomica)

UK losing £30bn to ‘information bomb’ claims defence secretary (Computing)

EDF’s pretty big diversity disaster (diginomica)

Wake up! The cloud doesn’t exist (

Government surveillance review “a stitch up”, says MP (

Chris Middleton meets Buzz Aldrin

The School of Gabriel: Peter Gabriel vs. Alain de Botton

Microsoft must restore cloud reputation after Skype outage (

The snooper’s nightmare: why surveillance will put one million children at risk

Why Gartner’s got it wrong about retail analytics (diginomica)

BlackBerry shrivels – but confirms Android privacy device (Computing)

Microsoft: New light, old Windows (Strategist/Computing)

2015 Budget report (Computing)

Women in open source often harassed (Computing)

Cisco’s Chambers looks back… (

HP’s identity crisis (Strategist)

Lessons in leadership from a nuclear submarine captain (Strategist)

Digital Dystopia

Why telecoms customers always lose (Strategist)

How the smartphone market could implode (Strategist)

Why the robot banking machine doesn’t add up (diginomica)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee interview (Strategist)

The war against women (Strategist)

Music retailer strikes the right note with AI (diginomica)

Gartner’s not-so-smart take on the IoT (diginomica)

PayPal outage: money ‘vanishes into thin air’ (Computing)

Organisations need the cloud for unified communications (UCInsight)

Dropbox: does half a billion users equal a viable business? (UCInsight)

2016 Blog

2015 Blog

Digest of all recent diginomica articles

Professional Outsourcing archive (issues 1-14 were produced single-handedly by Chris)

Times report, August 2015








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