Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett


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 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, about political outsiders that reject the way we live today, and The Dark Net, 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 Spectator and The Telegraph.

Jamie’s TED talk ‘How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream’ has received over 2.5 million views. 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. Jamie explores the reality behind Silicon Valley’s glittering promise to build a better world, and meets the people who harnessed social media to change the shape of politics in the US.

“A sobering look at how tech is going to change society quickly and dramatically.” – Emine Saner for The Guardian.

In 2018 Jamie presented a BBC Radio 4 Analysis documentary, Can Technology Be Stopped? The documentary looks at whether the big four – Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple – can be reined in and forced to play by the rules society sets, rather than imposing their own.

Jamie Bartlett @JamieJBartlett

We had a market on Madonna to have a wardrobe malfunction. 50/1.

That eye patch, and performance as a whole, was a giant malfunction, so we're paying it out.

Well done to the 21 people who backed it! #Eurovision

Hard Brexit now! #Eurovision

Russian bots, surely #Eurovision

Where’s Cambridge Analytica when you need them #Eurovision

@JamieJBartlett Having made a few of these videos, they only work if you have a very clear message which you can thread through and build towards - I think that's the issue for the other parties, none of them do.

These Brexit Party videos are actually industry standard cookie cutters. They only seem well put together because the other political parties - save some from Labour - are generally hopeless at creating proper social content.

At what point will ‘right wing party does better than experts predicted’ stop being counted as a ‘shock’?

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Oh god my heart, do you think they’d let me join this group?

Tickets are now on sale for my 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Show, 'Infidel-ity'!

Please buy and share the link below.

Poster coming sooooooon!


I think my mom found the best use for this new filter 😂

Read @silkiecarlo in TIME on the rise of facial recognition cameras in the UK, and the chilling case of a man who was fined for "disorderly conduct" after covering his face in protest (h/t @JamieJBartlett)

Ffs - yeh great it’s not like they’re humans or anything.

Uber's new feature lets riders 'quiet' drivers with one swipe https://t.co/37pOEnE94u

@JamieJBartlett Hey thank you! I'd add @alicetiara and @beccalew's work on media manipulation to the list, too

Given the alt-right / 4&8chan troll culture is now invading mainstream politics, mainstream journalists & pundits need to buff up on its norms & mores. Most are still clueless.

Recent books by Angela Nagle ‘Kill All Normies’ & @mwendling ‘Alt-Right’ are good places to start.

information operations are huge, labyrinthine beasts. But they're not unknowable, not beyond taxonomy or category, and it's crucial we get our language right. Here's our stab at it.

Bill Nye The Science Guy on climate change.

Vital new report out today from @demos colleagues, looking at manipulation in the EP elections in Germany, Italy & France. ‘Fake news’ is not the problem: it’s strategic amplification. Full report: https://t.co/NpKL7PvHFg

With #EUelections2019 in less than a week, @Demos analysed past Russian tactics in France, Italy and Germany. The threat we found was a lot more complex than pure misinformation.

Here’s @akrasodomski and I on why we need to move past ‘fake news.’