Ben Hammersley, August 2010
3 April 1976 |
|Occupation||journalist, futurist, technologist|
|Notable award(s)||Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
As of 2012 he is the UK Prime Minister's Ambassador to East London Tech City, Editor at Large of Conde Nast's Wired UK magazine, a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom, and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institute
Hammersley previously worked as the first Internet reporter for The Times, where he was shortlisted for one of the British Press Awards, and as a reporter for The Guardian and the UK arm of MSN. During his early career, he specialised in technology journalism. Hammersley often reported from dangerous countries, including Iran and Afghanistan. He travelled undercover to interview the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 1999, for which he was banned from Burma. This ban was lifted by the Burmese authorities in August 2012
Hammersley then simultaneously moved toward war correspondence and technological innovation - reporting from war zones and writing technical book for publishers such as O'Reilly Media. He is credited with inventing the word 'podcasting', leading on to 'podcast' and 'podcasts', in 2004. He has also previously been Director of Digital at Six Creative, Principal of Dangerous Precedent. and Director of Campus Party USA.
Hammersley is a Fellow of the RSA, Royal Geographical Society and the British-American Project and a member of the Savage Club and Frontline Club, and the Transatlantic Network 2020., and a trustee of the London chapter of the Awesome Foundation. In August 2011 he was made a fellow of the UNAOC. As a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences he is a judge of the Lovie Awards. E
Life and work 
Multimedia reporting and broadcasting 
In 2003, Hammersley blogged from Afghanistan.
In June 2007, Hammersley was the reporter in an experiment in multimedia journalism for the BBC. Reporting from Turkey in the run-up to the general elections there, he reported for BBC World, and the BBC World Service, while also placing behind the scenes video online. A 30 minute documentary entitled "Turkish Journey" was later shown on BBC World and BBC News 24.
In August 2007, he was reporting for the BBC World Service from Mindanao in the Philippines, notably staying with the Philippine marines on the island of Basilan as they searched for members of Abu Sayyaf.
Hammersley also contributed the multimedia reporting chapter to the book International News Reporting, published by Blackwell Publishing.
After returning to London in late 2007, Hammersley started working as the Foreign Correspondent for the UK arm of MSN, starting with coverage of the 2008 Pakistan General Elections.
Ben Hammersley works in two very differing photography fields: conflict coverage, and fashion and portraiture. Apart from the photography taken during multimedia reporting trips, in 2007 he travelled to Beirut to photograph Hezbollah, and to the Philippines to cover the Basilan conflict.
Hammersley's portrait and fashion photography is mostly studio based. He held two exhibitions in Florence, Italy during 2007, and is now working on long-form story based fashion imagery in London.
Writing, speaking, and technology 
Hammersley was the author of six technical books and programmers' guides, notably with O'Reilly Media. He has been influential in the Social media and RSS communities, writing the first book on the latter subject. Other books have covered Blogging and the inner workings of Gmail. Latterly, his writing has moved onto foreign news and multimedia reporting techniques.
Between 2004 and 2006, he designed, built, and maintained the weblogs of The Guardian, including Comment is free. He is attributed with the first warchalking in the wild, on a street corner in Kensington, London in June 2002, where he ran one of the first wireless community network in London.
Hammersley also regularly contributes to congresses and conferences, such as the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention and the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. In May 2008, he hosted and co-organised the geeKyoto conference in London.
Campus Party USA 
In August 2010 it was announced that Hammersley would be the director of the first Campus Party USA. He hopes to draw 10,000 technology enthusiasts to the event which will be held in Silicon Valley, California in 2012.
Hammersley is an ultramarathon runner. Having completed the Marathon des sables, and the 100 km del Passatore he is now coached by Jason Koop of Chris Carmichael's Carmichael Training Systems. In October 2007, Hammersley suffered a fracture of his right fibula, caused by massive pronation of the foot. In October 2008, his left leg suffered the same injury. Hammersley subsequently took up boxing.
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- "European Commission - Press release Digital Agenda: high-level group to discuss freedom and pluralism of the media across the EU". 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
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- "Ben Hammersley's return to old-fashioned blogging Looking for some guys, for a thing, with the stuff". Benhammersley.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "About Our Participants - Getting Involved - British Council - TN2020". British Council. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "Our World: Turkish Journey". Video.google.com. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "Programmes | Analysis | With Friends Like These". BBC News. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "Programmes | Analysis | Me and My DNA". BBC News. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- Ben Hammersley (2004-02-13). "Why online radio is booming | Media | The Guardian". London: Technology.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "Judgement Day III - 27th February - Eventbrite". Seebenfight.eventbrite.com. 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- Calishain, Tara; Hemenway, Kevin (2004). Spidering hacks. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. ISBN 0-596-00577-6.
- Ben Hammersley (2005). Developing feeds with RSS and Atom. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. ISBN 0-596-00881-3.
- Ben Hammersley (2006). Hacking Gmail. New York: Wiley Publishing. ISBN 0-7645-9611-X.
- Allen, Jay T. (2005). Hacking Movable Type. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley Technology Pub. ISBN 0-7645-7499-X.
- Timothy Appnel; Ben Hammersley (2007). RSS and Atom Hacks: Tips & Tools for Syndicating Web Content and Services. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, Inc. ISBN 0-596-10145-7.
- Heather Purdey; Owen, John (2009). International News Reporting: Frontlines and Deadlines. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 1-4051-6039-X.
- Ben Hammersley (2012). A Smart Guide to Utopia: 111 Inspiring Ideas for a Better City. LeCool. ISBN 84-615-7729-9.
- Ben Hammersley (2012). 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then. Sydney: Hodder. ISBN 1-4447-2860-1.