Author of The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld, Jamie Bartlett is a specialist in online culture and technology, and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. As an engaging keynote speaker, Jamie unveils a shadowy world of Internet cultures and shares insights into key topics of our time such as cyber security, the impact of social media, and the evolution of new political movements.
Author of the famed work The Dark Net, journalist and an engaging Keynote Speaker, Jamie lights up the hidden corners of the internet to reveal the strange subcultures and protagonists that inhabit it – from Bitcoin miners to neo-Nazis.
As Head of the Violence and Extremism Programme at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, Jamie has researched and written extensively about radical political parties and movements across Europe, with a particular focus on the role of social media and modern technology.
The Centre combines automated data extraction and sentiment analysis with social science statistics, analysis and ethics in order to produce insightful and robust policy research.
Jamie also co-authored #intelligence with Sir David Omand, which explores the use of internet intelligence by the security services and the police. His second book, Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World explores the individuals, groups and movements that reject the way we live today and if radicals are the only group who have changed the world.
His areas of expertise range from social media monitoring and analytics, Internet culture and ‘the dark net’, crypto-currencies, surveillance technology, machine learning, automated sentiment analysis, big data, cyber privacy and law, social media research ethics, and the reform to RIPA 2000.
Prior to working for Demos, Jamie was a research associate at the international humanitarian agency, Islamic Relief, and conducted field research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. He is also a technology blogger for the Telegraph and regularly contributes to publications on how the internet is changing politics and society, including the New York Times, The Times, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Prospect.
2017 sees Jamie present his first major BBC series and continually publish and research work on radical political movements cybercrime and the internet culture. Jamie is at the cutting-edge of revolutionary culture and will be the perfect addition to all kinds of digital events.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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