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

From Jamie Bartlett’s
The People vs Tech”

Griot Girl is back!

I quote works by Amy Jacques Garvey & @warsan_shire, write about @JamieJBartlett's Radicals & share my convo with @annarosekerr on her podcast British Subjects.


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Happy publication day to Alex Nix, former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, whose book ‘The Power of Data’ is released today in German. https://t.co/AgOIzin38E

Demos Chief Exec @pollymackenzie is also on the #bbcqt panel this week.

Trump is already spending more on FB than the entire Dem field put together.

2020, even more than 2016, will be a 'FB election', with every piece of FB machinery--Custom Audiences, Lookalikes, iterative creative testing, voter file hyper-targeting, etc.--mustered at scale.

#ParkinsonsDrugTrial is one of the best documentaries - in fact, best anything - I’ve seen. Certainly the most emotional & educational. You all need to watch it. https://t.co/K7aS811KVM

Platforms struggling to remove footage of this awful attack. Many discussing this in the context of their difficulties removing 'hate speech'. (Context specific, always different). But perhaps a better analogy would be how they remove copyrighted videos (simple decision, video).

This horrific event is wrapped up in dark internet culture in every way. The attacker's use of fringe internet memes ('subscribe to pewdiepie'), the 4 & 8 Channers disgusting 'ironic' praise, the Islamophobic 'great replacement' conspiracies, the live-streaming on Facebook.

Here’s the worst part: you’ll all secretly miss this when it’s (finally) over. #brexit

@JamieJBartlett As with most things in life, there's an #xkcd for everything. I like to pair that "Is It Worth The Time" comic with this one on Automation: https://t.co/Cj4zE3Dg4u

This, from a 2011 article, is one of the darkest things I've ever heard about digital life. Chinese prisoners forced to play online games in order to build up virtual credits which could then be sold on by the authorities. https://t.co/1RcqJOQ0X6 (HT @chaoticsequence)

How much time can you save by making a task more efficient? (Thanks @mrjeffcoat!)

"I grew up in a slum community & learning chess saved me."

In Lagos, the team at @chessinslums is using the game to change the lives of young people.

via @BBCAfrica

The map and the landscape have collapsed into each other, and political analysis is now just a hysterical continuation of the problem it attempts to observe.