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 judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.

Why do so many people want to see what they might look like in 30 years anyway? #FaceApp

Part of how the internet has broken people’s brains is that 700 people screaming at you feels like a lot of people, but in the low-friction vastness of digital space it’s actually almost nobody.

In conclusion: lots of disappointed kids in both countries!

I’ve been meeting the last surgeons left in Idlib province in Syria - as they get training in how to better treat children caught in bomb blasts & traumatised by explosives.

Their stories are utterly harrowing.

My latest for @VictoriaLIVE & @BBCWorld > https://t.co/G8dcaJWkQf

@Telegraph "[We stepped away] I find it weird that people still find it strange that we do it. We respect our teammates and their desire to do this, they respect our beliefs. It’s really that simple" writes Moeen Ali.

What is the problem here, exactly?

Watch this incredible footage of our astonishingly brave Police - here unarmed and some off duty - confront the despicable London Bridge attackers. Also look at brave members of the British public get involved, too. #Proud

Researchers - have your say on the future of Twitter’s API! https://t.co/6gvavzqvAm

In the late 19th Century there were anti-Smallpox vaccination riots in England. https://t.co/mx8KCFRkEL

Bombs have more harmful effects on children & yet medics in war zones often rely on treatment designed for adults.

@savechildrenuk have created the first ‘blast injury manual’ for children based on ground-breaking research at @imperialcollege.

Watch > https://t.co/JJBaglnEnt

The more I look into the science of genetics, the more terrified I am of how (some) journalists will report it.

Stunning images of the brain, as you've probably never seen it. By @GDunnArt. https://t.co/zggwOcxmew

This report in full coming up on @VictoriaLIVE on @BBCNews and @BBCTwo shortly: https://t.co/DRpC64IuTL

iAgeing: a cool new app that over the course of several years & decades imperceptibly but very definitely transforms your face into a more wrinkly & tired looking version of itself. No downloads needed - all that’s needed is a mirror! GDPR compliant & great fun! #FaceApp

Hundreds Of Child Trafficking Victims Have Been Refused The Right To Stay In The UK - by @jane__bradley and @emilydugan https://t.co/dhHQISX03R

New report today - from a former senior police officer - describing Extinction Rebellion as 'dangerous anarchists'. This is almost exactly what I predicted would happen, 2 years ago.

Extinction Rebellion do want radical, transformative social and political change, because they believe that is what's needed to save the planet. But that doesn't make them 'dangerous anarchists'.

Why would you do this it’s so dumb https://t.co/Vl3nypMkYF

This is the final straw! I’m applying for asylum.