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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"What did you do during the Pandemic, daddy?"

"Oh, I worked for a deniable branch of the propaganda Ministry, spreading lies on the Internet about where the virus came from and trying to undermine the public health advice given by other states."

How about this! Boris Johnson - very deliberately - disagreeing with one of his heroes: ‘one thing the Corona virus has shown is that there really is such a thing as society’.

Not me. The virus has exaggerated both its good (connectivity with others, access to information) & bad (frenetic panic, attention deficit & conspiracism) sides. https://twitter.com/anandwrites/status/1243610572161028096

So, I have some exciting news to share...

Join me and @DrAaronB for the start of a special series of #thehivepodcast - sound on ; )

Listen now:

I’m genuinely interested in how many are doing this.

Q. Have you introduced some form of quarantine system for your post & deliveries?

Love to have credit to my work and @FinancialTimes cropped out by a Nobel prize winning economist.

I think in economics they call this the free rider problem. https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1244224063700176897

The Dutch government has recalled 600k Chinese produced masks after they failed to meet safety standards & many had defective filters. Mass-produced Chinese testings sets have also proved inaccurate. Speed without care & research can be a false economy. https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-netherlands-recalls-defective-masks-bought-from-china/a-52949216

Last night I interviewed an old school friend who is working in one of the busiest ICUs in London.

Here Dr James highlights the pressure which frontline medical staff are under.

Full interview available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6akFi23O0M&t

Other formats here: https://www.defiance.news/podcast/coronavirus-inside-a-london-icu-dr-james

Lots of clever people remain convinced ~for various reasons, sometimes because it confirms their existing views~ that Boris Johnson said people should ‘take [corona] on the chin’.

Here’s the independent fact checkers @FullFact saying that he did not.


Being boring is boring guys! But if it gets the job done it’s definitely worth it! We are all batting at 11 so let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start playing shots. Defend your stumps. One ball at a time and let Stokes do his thing #StayAtHome https://twitter.com/cowcornerpod/status/1242207947540893696

I’m genuinely interested in how many are doing this.

Q. Have you introduced some form of quarantine system for your post & deliveries?

An old saying goes: ‘Only a fool could think that taking an hour off the start of the day & adding it to the end makes it longer’. 😆 😆

I've read several 'how Corona will change our lives in the years ahead'. Conclusion: no-one has a clue.

The Tiger King is a phenomenal documentary series - the strangest cast of characters you’ll ever see. It’s almost *almost* as good as King of Kong.

But but but I saw on Twitter that...