The tech conference circuit has suffered from a dearth of women speakers for years, and, as numerous scandals have shown recently, the industry hasn’t exactly proved itself to be women-friendly, either.

The annual RSA security conference, taking place in San Francisco this week, often captures the tech zeitgeist. Even when it doesn’t try. Take, for e(...)

Military footing: Donald Trump salutes coastguards shortly after firing FBI head James Comey. Photograph: Getty

From the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency there has been a question: when he runs out of phoney wars will he have to start a real one? President(...)

File image of Monica Lewinsky in Cannes, southern France. File photograph: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau

Monica Lewinsky has said the affair that led to impeachment proceedings against former US president Bill Clinton was not sexual assault, but “constitu(...)

Tonya Harding at Mountain View Ice Arena in Vancouver last December. With her life a film, Harding looks back at the Nancy Kerrigan scandal and her struggles to tell her side of the story. Photograph: Kyle Johnson/The New York Times

Tonya Harding’s name isn’t Tonya Harding anymore. “My name is Tonya Price, ” she said, when she saw me taking notes. In 2010, she had just returned ho(...)

Impeached: President Bill Clinton, watched by his wife, Hillary, rejects allegations of improper behaviour with Monica Lewinsky. Photograph: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty First lady Hillary Clinton stands by her man in 1998:  president Bill Clinton shakes his finger as he denies improper behaviour with Monica Lewinsky.  Photograph: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty Images

For US politics junkies the current climate in Washington is irresistibly compelling. Rolling coverage of Donald Trump dominates cable news channels, (...)

Democratic senator  Kirsten Gillibrand, who described a tweet about her by US president Donald Trump as a “sexist smear”.  Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand has accused Donald Trump of a “sexist smear” after the US president attacked her personally following her call for(...)

 Matt Lauer on the set of the “Today” show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for “inappropriate sexual behaviour.” Photograph: Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP

Americans woke on Wednesday morning to the news that NBC anchor Matt Lauer had been fired by his network over allegations of inappropriate sexual beha(...)

Harvey Weinstein: Did his impeccable liberal credentials make it harder for women to accuse him of repellent behaviour? Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Consent in sexual relations should be a minimum standard. It has become the maximum standard instead, and the end result is not pretty. For example, (...)

Richard Branson: while his behaviour is open and public and there is no suggestion he seeks to bully women, it does create images of beautiful young women in a working environment being bodily manhandled. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Sometimes, it is the silences that are most eloquent, the unasked questions that provide the most interesting answers.  Richard Branson was inte(...)

The #ClickWithCompassion film shows actors confronting one another with real comments from the internet.

Schoolchildren are being urged to watch a viral video that highlights the impact of cyberbullying on people in the real world. The #ClickWithCompassi(...)

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