Carl Miller is an award-winning author, pioneering technology researcher and expert on the impact of digital technology on modern society. He is co-founder and research director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, the UK’s leading cross-party political think tank. Here, he and his team research the digital world’s impact on politics, society, crime, journalism, warfare, business and our day-to-day lives.
His debut book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab, won the 2019 Transmission Prize. During his research, he threw himself into the weirdest and wildest parts of the internet: he came face-to-face with hikikomori – ‘the departed’ – in South Korea who only live online; lived in a political-technology commune; had a knife held to his throat; and became involved in the struggle for control of an online assassination market. All to try and understand how digital technology is eroding traditional power structures, and how this process is changing our lives in ways we may not even have noticed.
Additionally, Carl has written for Wired, New Scientist, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and the Guardian. He is also the author of over a dozen major reports on the effect of the digital world on society and politics and how it can be studied. This includes the influence of the internet on radicalisation, policing and counter-terrorism, hate crime and social media, digital democracy, and changing identities and beliefs in the digital world.
Carl is an expert advisor on social media for the Care Quality Commission, the external social media expert for the UK Government Civil Contingencies Secretariat, a member of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, and an external advisor on the current cross-Governmental review on the use of data science within the public sector. He is also a visiting research fellow at King’s College, London.
From global businesses to governments, Carl’s expertise on the digital revolution is in high demand from organisations seeking to understand how they can stay ahead of the curve. His speaking topics include:
The Hidden Reality of Power Today. How the most precious commodity of the digital age is being fought over, won, lost and transformed. From politics to journalism, business to crime, Carl will talk about his year-long journey to track down the nature of power today, show where it has gone and the shape it now takes.
Understanding risk and volatility in the Digital Age. Whether it is a crisis of law enforcement or the production of fake news, enormous disruptions to markets or the undermining of political systems, Carl will explain the important, and often hidden risks that digital technologies have created.
Digital crime and cyber security. Carl draws on going on a cyber-crime raid with the police, going to the largest annual gathering of hackers in Las Vegas, and even trying to do some cyber-crime himself to show how we’re all living through an extraordinary moment: the worst crisis of law enforcement in the history of modern policing.
How to win the digital revolution. From hackers to cyber-criminals, citizen journalists to fake news merchants, information warriors to digital presidents, what are the lessons that we can all learn from those on the front-lines of the digital revolution?