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.

In September 2019, Jamie launched a podcast with BBC Sounds called ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’, exploring how the woman behind the OneCoin campaign has disappeared completely and how the scam took place.

Jamie Bartlett @JamieJBartlett

@FutureAdvocacy @VictoriaLIVE The videos were created by @BrandalismUK - artist Bill Posters - who was behind the Mark Zuckerberg and Kim Kardashian deep fakes released earlier this year.

More here: https://t.co/ttmZYk0oeQ

@FutureAdvocacy @VictoriaLIVE Think tank @futureadvocacy says deep fakes are a threat to democracy and that British politicians are leaving it to tech companies to deal with.

They've created these videos to highlight the problem. The full story on @VictoriaLIVE this morning.

3.8 thousand retweets for someone who claims to have been employed by the BBC, making an erroneous claim about how TV works. 192 for the second tweet where she admits she left back in the days of tape. 🙄

‘Deepfakes’: getting better and cheaper ever year. Here’s @BorisJohnson backing @jeremycorbyn for PM...

A video showing Boris Johnson endorsing Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister has just landed online, another shows Corbyn backing Johnson.

Confused? Well they’re deep fakes created by @futureadvocacy & I’ve been behind the scenes for the making of them for @VictoriaLIVE >

This BBC Breakfast cenotaph cock-up is demonstrating just how much people assume working in the media is slick and glossy when most of the time it's the literal opposite. Anyone who has worked with clunky systems understands immediately

Also recorded two shows with @JamieJBartlett today:
- @WhatBitcoinDid we discussed the OneCoin scam
- @DefianceCast we discussed the dark side of Silicon Valley

For the WBD show I recommend checking out Jamie’s BBC podcast about OneCoin in advance:

Twitter - a bit of a research question for you. i'm currently doing a story on Uber, and this paper, based on administrative data from Uber, estimates that the median London driver earns about £11 per hour spent logged into the app.

What do you think?


Ingebjørg spends hours every day on Instagram, but she’s not posting selfies. She’s trying to save lives.

The 2nd part of our podcast for @BBCtrending investigating self-harm & suicide communities is here:


There are some top-end consultancies for whom this is basically the business model.

@MrBitcoinNorway joins me to discuss how #Onecoin may be the biggest #Ponzi in history. Listen to his story of their attempts to recruit him, revelations that led him to sound the warning and threats/litigation since.

Where to Listen in comments or

Conspiracy theories flying about this. Truth is less exciting: a production error. My only insight from a year working on the show 10 years ago is that sometimes when a team has been up all night small errors can occur. it's a gruelling job, an amazing team & they've apologised. https://t.co/lt8ksBGfNV

Wow! we’re one of @prospect_uk’s podcasts of the month! @GeorgiaJCatt 🥳 🎈 https://t.co/XLF0a8LlKF

Over the past few months, in expectation of a Winter General Election, we've been working on a big project related to disinformation and democracy.

It's dropping on @FutureAdvocacy tomorrow morning.

You. Will. Not. Want. To. Miss. It. #GE2019 1/2

When listening to the final episode of #themissingcryptoqueen my hart went out to Daniel the 22-year-old Ugandan that sold his family’s 3 sheep to buy in to the OneCoin scam.

I decided NOT to give him a "fish" but rather TEACH him how to "fish".

I am…https://t.co/7ypMsrdq39

One of the most interesting aspects of bitcoin is not the technology itself, but the conversations it forces you to have about the nature of 'money'.

The incredible power of co-ordination: