Billy Perrigo

Felicity McCabe for TIME
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I'm Billy, a staff writer on TIME magazine's business and tech team. I focus on telling stories about how new technologies are interacting with older power structures to change politics and societies around the world.
I write lots about social media and artificial intelligence. My reporting often focuses on companies in these sectors that struggle to balance their business priorities with keeping people safe.
I was shortlisted for the 2022 Orwell Prize for Journalism for my investigative reporting on Facebook in Africa and the traumatic working conditions faced by low-paid workers there.
That story led to an ongoing lawsuit against Facebook and its contractor Sama in Kenya.
In my reporting on AI, I try to distinguish between hype and reality in a field that promises to reshape our world for the better, but which also threatens to entrench existing inequalities and 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. In August 2020 I co-authored a TIME cover story about how the pandemic – along with Modi's rule – was reshaping the country.
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.