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.

Jamie Bartlett @JamieJBartlett

The way 'culture war' escalates is through prominent journalists and commentators focusing more on what *other* prominent journalists and commentators are saying, than on what's actually taking place 👀

Not everyone who criticises you under a fake name is a troll. Some are of course - but make sure you don’t miss out on the feedback. In amongst the pointless nastiness I’ve actually had some excellent critique. For free!

Do you love #privacy and/or the #OnlineSafetyBill? Do you want to join in with a collaborative policy hack experiment? Do you like tea? If at least one of those is the case, read on...

My new essay - I, Token - just dropped

It tells the untold story of the hole in Bitcoin's heart, and offers suggestions for how to fix it https://brettscott.substack.com/p/the-hole-in-bitcoins-heart

💉NEW: A large real world study (over one million people) of AstraZeneca & Pfizer vaccines looking at blood clotting disorders

✅ Confirms safety profiles of both vaccines are similar

📖 You can read the study (Lancet preprint) here: https://bit.ly/3zJnz5r

In the promo vids they're all "I'll step on toes to get what I want - I don't care who it is" etc etc.

They when they step into the villa in real life they're little angels.

One of the many ways #loveisland and Twitter are alike.

Instead of making offenders wear high viz jackets in chain gangs, how about helping them get a real job instead? In my shops we employ lots of ex offenders and they wear a shirt and tie. Same people, different approach, a much better outcome.

A decade ago @carljackmiller & I wrote about the growing risk of online conspiracism. We then spent months debating 9/11 ‘Truthers’ & wrote about how to talk to conspiracy theorists for the @SkeptInquirer

Some useful pointers still for today:



For my country, my son and my family.

For those who stayed up through the night to watch me.

For all those people who need a bit of light. You can get through this 🙏🏼

@JamieJBartlett She still has followers all over the world. Here I wrote about the OneCoin scam in my city in Argentina and talked with some of the people who are still waiting for her comeback (In Spanish, but fairly readable with Google Translate):

An obviously fake Dr Ruja Ignatova appears on a new promotional video claiming she’s back & working on a new coin. She was betrayed and - surprise!! - would like more of your money.

Thing is, you just know some people will fall for this.


Having sat on both sides of the table quite a few times now, I can honestly say that asking questions is harder & requires more than answering them. #journalism

If you've sent me a proof of your book, I'm so sorry I havent read it yet. I'm trying to finish MOWPOS (My Own Wretched Piece Of Shite) and between that and banging my forehead again and again in despair off the dressing table mirror, there's not much time for reading. Apologies

I have left Hong Kong out of safety concerns. As one of the participants of the primaries and a candidate running for #LegCo, I am under threat of political persecution as the government continues to crackdown on the civil society of the city. (1/3)


Deutsche Bank accused of turning a blind eye to a years-long Ponzi scheme that involved fraud in Florida, costing hundreds of millions of dollars https://trib.al/kKswjl3

Twitter polls should be limited to those vital questions about society that polling companies never ask. Like:

Do you pick at scabs?

Hugo has been waiting for about 15 years to give that speech #LoveIsland

Such vital work from @DivyaTalwar1 as always.