Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett


Jamie Bartlett is the author of three books: The People Vs Tech (2018) about data and democracies (Winner of the 2019 Transmission Prize), Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and the best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures. His books have been translated into 15 languages. He founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialised in online social movements and using machine learning to study the impact of technology on society. He is a regular commentator on national and international media outlets, and a regular writer on technology for The Spectator.
Jamie’s TED talk ‘How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream’ has been watched almost 5 million times. His main topics are cyber security and privacy online, new political movements, social media research and analysis, and internet cultures.
In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series ‘The Secrets of Silicon Valley’ about how technology was changing politics and society, including Cambridge Analytica’s role in the 2016 US election. In 2019 he wrote and presented the hit BBC podcast series ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’ which exposed the biggest ever cryptocurrency.

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I don’t think we consider how important situation is when it comes to intellectual bravery & being outspoken (I’m talking abt liberal democracies). In some places it takes more courage to be a conservative than liberal; and in other places the reverse is true. It’s not fixed.

@JamieJBartlett @m_older has written about narrative disorder https://firesidefiction.com/the-narrative-spectrum which I think has a lot of relevance here

We are being governed by anecdotes. We live in an anecdocracy! And yes I do hold social media partly to blame, for their incessant demand that we post ‘what’s happening’ and tell ‘our story’.

Imagine if people went into debates to understand their own weak points, to reach a synthesis. Rather than defend their position to the death no matter what.

In 1990 1 in 15 taxpayers paid higher rate of income tax. By 2025 it will be 1 in 6. This is a very big change in the structure of income tax. The basic rate may have fallen but a lot of people are paying higher rates of income tax

On Friday, Kings of Leon will release their new album, titled When You See Yourself, in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) — becoming the first band to ever do so. https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/news/kings-of-leon-when-you-see-yourself-album-nft-crypto-1135192/

Has any word ever made the transition from proper noun to verb faster than ‘Zoom’?

I’ve had to institute a strict one-in one-out policy for cups in my bedroom. It’s the only way.

A short thread on the relationship between social media, hypocrisy and political extremism. It’s been bugging me for years. 1/9

There's been a sharp rise in the number of people who think benefits are too low (and a fall in those who think they're too high) #UniversalCredit

Incredible bit of research from @bellingcat. How Instagram Celebs are promoting Dubai's underground animal trade. https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2021/02/08/how-instagram-celebrities-promote-dubais-underground-animal-trade/

Consider how much better this deepfake is compared to even 3 years ago. Now imagine what they will be like in 2030 - indistinguishable & a free app on your phone. That’s the real issue here.

all negative book reviews should end with “despite all this, it’s pretty impressive that this person wrote a book!”

Hold on to your snooker cues! I have been working on a three part series for @BBCTwo about the golden age of that incredible sport. #GodsofSnooker https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/14201709/louis-theroux-wild-secret-snooker-bbc-documentary?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebaramp

We all demand that politicians ‘move with the times’. Those ‘times’ currently demand that everything is framed as a ‘personal journey’ with a nice dose of ‘behind the scenes’. And this is the result. Why is anyone surprised?

The highly effective Oxford jab has completely changed the outlook for the UK and, because it is cheap and easy to distribute, it will do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to vaccinating the world. Rarely has so much been owed by so many to so few https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/oxford-s-remarkable-vaccine-success

For what it’s worth, Amnesty International has not supported our work trying to get Magnitsky Acts passed and implemented around the world for the last decade. I’ve met with Amnesty’s leadership every year trying to get them to support this policy with no success. https://twitter.com/Billbrowder/status/1366388611948683269

Emmanuel Macron, Jan 21st: “Everything points to thinking it is quasi-ineffective on people older than 65, some say those 60 years or older”

PHE, today: "In the over 80s, data suggest that a single dose of either vaccine is more than 80% effective at preventing hospitalisation"

Single shot of either Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine reduces chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, analysis in England shows