Dr David R Brake

Journalist and Internet Consultant


Dr David R Brake

Skilled in report writing, journalism - particularly covering technology and the Internet - teaching, social media marketing and virtual community building and maintenance.



Could the Toronto Zoo Get a Levitating Train?

Toronto Zoo's management board has opened the door to a maglev train proposal
UrbanToronto Link to Story

Toronto Transit Plans: In The End What We Get Is Up To Us

Toronto's new transit network plan looks ambitious but won't get built if we aren't willing to pay to maintain it
Urban Toronto Link to Story

How we reveal more than we intend on social media

How policy makers should react to the way social media encourages personal disclosure Link to Story

4 steps to be more private online

If the thought of inadvertent over-sharing of your personal life online worries you, what can you do?
Psychologies Link to Story

Facebook isn’t dead and buried, but dodgy journalism lives on

Claims that Facebook is 'dead to teens' were greatly exaggerated - and churnalism is to blame.
The Conversation Link to Story

What does your e-mail address say about you?

Among Internet veterans there is a clear, if seldom expressed, status ranking based on the e-mail address you have.
BBC News Online Link to Story

Breaking into film

The coming threat of movie piracy online
Daily Telegraph

You Are Here

An exploration of the social implications of GPS and its incorporation into mobile phones
Mindjack Link to Story

Oxfam nixes Kosovo 'spam' campaign

Plan to use e-mail for fund raising to help refugees stymied by furious anti-spam campaigners.

The U.S. Wide Web

How many US web publishers in the mid-90s ignored their international audiences.

Lost In Cyberspace

Revealed that only a small proportion of the WWW was being indexed by search engines.
New Scientist Link to Story

Striking for Cheaper Phone Rates

A 14-nation European protest staged with support from AOL Europe and WWW founder Tim Berners-Lee.
Wired Magazine Link to Story


Dr David R Brake

I have over a decade’s experience as a print and online journalist covering predominantly technology, also breaking news and features while at BBC News Online and ITN Online. In 1995 I was the Net Editor at New Scientist and while there launched one of the first major online extensions of a UK magazine.

From 1999 to 2002 I became involved as a consultant in a variety of online publications, from a news search site to one of the most ambitious early broadband video projects– Network of the World - giving me experience of managing in a rapidly-changing environment and an insight into the ways in which online business models for journalism continue to evolve.

I have taught for six years full-time, but I have also taught part time in various higher education institutions both public and private since 2000. I have been an active researcher since my PhD, producing a book, Sharing Our Lives Online: Risks and Exposure in Social Media and several articles in highly-ranked journals alongside my teaching. I have also produced a number of media policy-related reports and literature reviews while at the London School of Economics.



  • Public relations
  • writing
  • analysis
  • policy
  • technology
  • internet
  • virtualcommunities
  • new media
  • training
  • teaching
  • journalism
  • social media
  • Research