Prolific author on the impact of digital technology on society
The impact of digital technology on society and politics
Data privacy in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal
Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he has become one of the UK’s leading thinkers on politics, society and technology.
Jamie’s most recent book The People Vs Tech: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we save it) was released in April 2018 and discusses the precarious future of democratic society in the tech age.
He is also the author of Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World (2017), about political outsiders that reject the way we live today, and The Dark Net (2015), an examination of the hidden corners of the internet, its strange subcultures, and the protagonists that inhabit it – from trolls, Bitcoin miners, political extremists and members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, to pornographers, drug dealers, computer scientists and neo-Nazis. He writes regularly for several national media outlets including the Spectator and The Telegraph.
In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. Here, he explored the reality behind Silicon Valley’s glittering promise to build a better world, meeting the people who harnessed social media to change the shape of politics in the US.
Digital technology is changing the world - from business to society to politics - at an often terrifying rate. Jamie is one of the UK's most thoughtful commentators on the challenges and opportunities this revolution presents, from cyber security and privacy online to new political movements, social media research and analysis, and internet cultures.
Jamie’s TED talk ‘How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream’ has received over 2.5 million views.