Billy Perrigo

Felicity McCabe for TIME
 👋🏼 Hey! 
I'm Billy, a tech correspondent at TIME magazine. I cover technologies that are reshaping our world in strange and unexpected ways.
I was shortlisted for an Orwell Prize in 2022 for my reporting on Facebook in Africa and the traumatic working conditions faced by low-paid workers there. 
That reporting led to an ongoing lawsuit against Facebook in Kenya, and a successful vote to unionize by many of the affected workers.
I've reported on AI from above, in wide-ranging interviews with the field's most influential CEOs, and from below, in deep investigations into the hidden exploitative labor that AI often relies on.
In my reporting on AI, I try to help readers distinguish between hype and reality in a field that promises to reshape our world for the better, but which also threatens to further concentrate power in the hands of the wealthiest. 
My previous role at TIME was as a reporter on the international team. I covered news from around the globe, but focused closely on India. 
Before I joined TIME in 2017, I graduated with a first-class degree in modern history from the University of Warwick. My dissertation was a study of how emerging communications technologies facilitated the rise of Hindu nationalism in postcolonial India. At the time, I was an investigative reporter and deputy news editor for my student newspaper, the Warwick Boar.
I'm open to TV, radio, podcast, and IRL public speaking invitations. Here's how to contact me.