Conference speaker Jamie Bartlett, the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, is one of the UK’s leading politics and technology thinkers.
An author of note, his book ‘The People Vs Tech: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we can save it’ ) sees him discuss the future of technology in the age of technology. In his book ‘Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World’ Jamie Bartlett looks at political outsiders that reject how we live today. ‘The Dark Net’, another of his works, sees him examine the darker corners of the internet and the strange subcultures and protagonists found there. These include political extremists, Bitcoin miners, members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, internet trolls, drug dealers, computer scientists, Neo-Nazis, and pornographers.
Besides writing his books, Jamie Bartlett also regularly writes for various national media outlets. Amongst these, he includes The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, and Spectator.
Jamie Bartlett made his debut as a television presenter in 2017 when he presented BBC 2’s document series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. The series sees him exploring the reality of Silicon Valley’s claims of building a better word and meeting people who use social media to shape US politics.
From there Jamie Bartlett went on to present a BBC Radio 4 Analysis documentary in 2018. Titled ‘Can Technology Be Stopped?’, the documentary takes a look at whether the Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple could be reined in and forced to play according to rules imposed by society instead of imposing their own.
Jamie Bartlett, in 2019, started a podcast with BBC Sounds. Called ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’, the podcast explores how the woman who started the OneCoin campaign has suddenly disappeared, and how the scam actually took place.
As a conference speaker, Jamie Bartlett focuses on different internet cultures, online privacy and security, social media research, and all things technology-related pertaining to the web. One of his TED talks has received over 3 million views on the internet thus far.
He lives in the UK and presents in English.