Ben Hammersley FRSA FRGS (born 3 April 1976) is a British internet technologist, journalist, author and broadcaster based in London, England.

Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley, August 2010
Ben Hammersley, August 2010
Born (1976-04-03) 3 April 1976 (age 43)
Leicester, England
OccupationJournalist, futurist, technologist
Notable awardsFellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
SpouseAleks Krotoski


Hammersley is the eldest of three children and was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, from which he dropped out after a year.[citation needed]


Hammersley previously worked as an internet reporter for The Times. Until 2013, he was the UK Prime Minister's Ambassador to East London Tech City.[1]

Hammersley is a member of the Transatlantic Network 2020,[2] and a trustee of the London chapter of the Awesome Foundation.[3] In August 2011 he was made a fellow of the UNAOC.[4] He is a judge of the Lovie Awards.[5]

In 2013, Hammersley became a fellow of the Robert Schuman School for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute,[6] Innovator-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths, University of London,[7] Editor at Large of Conde Nast's Wired UK magazine,[8] a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom,[9] and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution.[10]

Multimedia reporting and broadcastingEdit

Hammersley has twice presented on BBC Radio 4's documentary strand Analysis, covering Facebook in November 2007,[11] and personal genetic testing in December 2008.[12] In 2014, he presented a six-part BBC World News series on cybercrimes.[13]

He is also known for being the inventor of the word "podcast", recalling that he made it up to pad out an article he was writing that was a little too short.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Hammersley is married to Aleks Krotoski,[15][16] with whom he has a daughter.[17]


Hammersley has authored or co-authored several books on technology and journalism.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Tech City gets UK-made smartphone app". TechRadar. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ "About Our Participants – Getting Involved – British Council – TN2020". British Council. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Fellowship News: Announcing 24 new fellows for the Fall 2011 UNAOC Fellowship Programme!". UNAOC. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Ben Hammersley - Global Governance Programme". Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. ^ [3] Archived 16 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Parsons, Michael (24 April 2009). "Video: Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge". Wired UK. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012.
  9. ^ "European Commission – Press release Digital Agenda: high-level group to discuss freedom and pluralism of the media across the EU". 11 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Ben Hammersley | Brookings Institution". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Programmes | Analysis | With Friends Like These". BBC News. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Programmes | Analysis | Me and My DNA". BBC News. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  13. ^ "BBC World News commissions major new Cybercrime series". BBC. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  14. ^ "The man who accidentally invented the word 'podcast', Radio 4 in Four - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Ben Hammersley Tweets about his marriage to Aleks Krotoski". Twitter. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Ben Hammersley on Twitter: "Holy shit, I just married @aleksk #obviouslyiwillwakeuptomorrowandallthiswillbeadream #bestdreamever"". Twitter. Retrieved 30 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Ben Hammersley Tweets about his child". Twitter. Retrieved 30 September 2015.[permanent dead link]

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