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Jamie Bartlett is a British author and journalist, primarily for The Spectator and The Telegraph. He is a Senior Fellow at Demos and was the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos until January 2019.[1]

Jamie Bartlett

In 2013, he covered the rise of Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy for Demos, chronicling the new political force's emergence and use of social media.[2]

In 2014, Bartlett released his first full-length book, The Dark Net. The book discusses the darknet and dark web in broad terms, describing a range of underground and emergent subcultures, including social media racists, cam girls, self harm communities, darknet drug markets, cryptoanarchists and transhumanists.[3]

Bartlett has frequently written about online extremism[4] and free speech,[5] as well as social media trends in Wikipedia,[6] Twitter[7] and Facebook.[8]

In 2017, he published his second book Radicals Chasing Utopia, which covered fringe political movements including transhumanism, psychedelic societies and anarcho-capitalism.[9][10] He also presented the two part BBC Two series The Secrets of Silicon Valley.[11]

Bartlett's third book, The People Vs Tech, was released in 2018.[12] It argued that "our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution".[13]


  1. ^ "Reflections on 10 years at Demos". Demos. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  2. ^ Dinmore, Guy (13 February 2013). "Grillo makes five star progress in campaign". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ Ian, Burrell (28 August 2014). "The Dark Net:Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett, book review". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ Hamill, Jasper (18 March 2015). "Spooks left 'furious' after Anonymous hacktivists name and shame 9,200 ISIS supporters, sources claim". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ Reidy, Padraig (28 May 2015). "Padraig Reidy: We cannot choose which free speech we will defend and which we will not". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (16 April 2015). "How much should we trust Wikipedia?". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (10 February 2015). "Which party leader gets the most abuse on Twitter?". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (4 December 2014). "Facebook is not a public utility – and your data is a small price for a free service". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  9. ^ Messum, J. Kent. "Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World". Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  10. ^ Arel, Dan (June 13, 2017). "Radicals Chasing Utopia Sets out to Be Your User Guide to Radical Movements". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  11. ^ Saner, Emine (2017-08-07). "Secrets of Silicon Valley review – are we sleepwalking towards a technological apocalypse?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  12. ^ PEOPLE VS. TECH by Jamie Bartlett | Kirkus Reviews.
  13. ^ Bartlett, Jamie. "The People Vs Tech". Retrieved 2018-11-24.

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