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.