Aleks Krotoski

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Aleks Krotoski
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Aleks Krotoski in 2010.
Aleksandra Krystyna Krotoski

(1974-10-22) 22 October 1974 (age 44)
EducationPhD in Social psychology[1]
Alma mater
EmployerThe Guardian
Notable work
The Virtual Revolution
Partner(s)Ben Hammersley[2]

Aleksandra Krystyna Theresa "Aleks" Krotoski (born 22 October 1974) is a Polish-American broadcaster, journalist and social psychologist, resident of the United Kingdom who writes about technology and interactivity.[3][4][5][6][7][8] She presents The Guardian podcast Tech Weekly and contributes to She formerly contributed occasional stories to The Guardian's now defunct Online print section (which was later renamed Technology), and was one of the core contributor's to the Guardian's original Gamesblog.

Early life[edit]

Krotoski was born a U.S. citizen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but spent her early years in New Orleans, Louisiana.[9] Her parents, Wojciech Antoni "Al" Krotoski (1937–2016) and his then-wife Danuta (née Gwozdziowski), were Polish-American scientists who played a key role in revealing hypnozoites as the true mechanism of malarial relapse.[9][10]


Krotoski graduated with a BA in psychology from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1996.[11][12] After moving to the UK and becoming a television presenter, she returned to university to study social psychology at the University of Surrey, where she completed an MSc in 2004[13] and a PhD in 2009.[1] Her PhD thesis on social influence in Second Life[1] examined "how information spreads around the social networks of the World Wide Web."[14]


From 1999 to 2001 she co-presented Channel 4's late evening video gaming review show, Bits with Emily Booth and Emily Newton Dunn.[15]

In 2006, she contributed to the United Kingdom's Department for Education and Skills and the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) collaboration, "Unlimited Learning: The role of computer and video games in curriculum-based education".[16] In 2004, she wrote ELSPA's "Chicks and Joysticks: An exploration of women and gaming".[17]

Krotoski in 2010

In September 2006 she was named one of the games industry's 100 most influential women by[18] and in November 2006 she was named one of the "Top Ten Girl Geeks" by CNET, two spots behind fictional character Lisa Simpson.[19]

In February 2010, she presented The Virtual Revolution for BBC Two. This TV documentary series was described by the BBC as charting "two decades of profound change since the invention of the World Wide Web, weighing up the huge benefits and the unforeseen downsides."[20] She also presented an accompanying four-part podcast series on the BBC World Service.

As of November 2010, she was Researcher in Residence at the British Library and curator of the Growing Knowledge digital exhibition at the library,[21] and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.[22]

Since 2011, she has presented the BBC Radio 4 series Digital Human, which examines the relationship between human behaviour and the use of the World Wide Web.[23]

On 4 July 2013 her book, Untangling the Web[24] was published. It was based on "thirteen years of research"[25] concurrently with her previous activities. It received reviews in the journal Nature[26] and The Observer.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Krotoski married Ben Hammersley in April 2014;[28] their daughter was born in September 2014.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Krotoski, Aleksandra Krystyna (2009). Social influence in second life : social network and social psychological processes in the diffusion of belief and behaviour on the Web (PhD thesis). University of Surrey.
  2. ^ "Ben Hammersley on Twitter: "Holy shit, I just married @aleksk #obviouslyiwillwakeuptomorrowandallthiswillbeadream #bestdreamever"". 16 Apr 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  3. ^ "Dr Aleks Krotoski's keynote speech Big Breaks in the Digital Age". White Hat Media blog. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  4. ^ "Aleks Krotoski Profile". London. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. ^ Aleks Krotoski's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Krotoski, A. (2011). "Wikileaks and the New, Transparent World Order". The Political Quarterly. 82 (4): 526–530. doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2011.02250.x.
  7. ^ Hunsinger, J.; Krotoski, A. (2010). "Learning and researching in virtual worlds". Learning, Media and Technology. 35 (2): 93–97. doi:10.1080/17439884.2010.496169.
  8. ^ Krotoski, A. (2010). "Serious fun with computer games". Nature. 466 (7307): 695. doi:10.1038/466695a.
  9. ^ a b "Wojciech Antoni "Al" Krotoski M.D (1937-2016)". New Orleans Advocate. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  10. ^ Cogswell, FB (2015-04-20). "The hypnozoite and relapse in primate malaria". Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 5: 26–35. doi:10.1128/CMR.5.1.26. PMC 358221. PMID 1735093.
  11. ^ Fearn, Hannah (8 July 2010). "Research intelligence: A grounding in gadgets". Times Higher Education.
  12. ^ "One on one with Aleks Krotoski". The Psychologist. British Psychological Society. 28: 76. January 2015.
  13. ^ Aleks, Krotoski (20 September 2004). "[MSc] Online games, offline selves". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Aleks Krotoski". The Virtual Revolution. BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  15. ^ "Bits TV Series". Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  16. ^ "Unlimited Learning: The role of computer and video games in curriculum-based education" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-20.
  17. ^ "Chicks and Joysticks: An exploration of women and gaming" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-15.
  18. ^ "Games Industry's 100 Most Influential Women - Page 6". Archived from the original on 2011-06-25.
  19. ^ "Top ten girl geeks". Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  20. ^ "Episode Guide". The Virtual Revolution. BBC. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  21. ^ "Growing Knowledge". Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  22. ^ "LSE Visiting Fellowship". Aleks Krotoski. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  23. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 1". 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  24. ^ Krotoski, Aleks (2013). Untangling the Web. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571303663.
  25. ^ Aleks, Krotoski. "quote from the book's Acknowledgements". Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  26. ^ Kiser, B. (2013). "Books in brief". Nature. 498 (7455): 431. doi:10.1038/498431a.
  27. ^ Naugton, John (21 July 2013). "Rewire by Ethan Zuckerman; Untangling the Web by Aleks Krotoski – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  28. ^ "Ben Hammersley Tweets about his marriage to Aleks Krotoski". 2014-04-15. Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  29. ^ "Ben Hammersley Tweets about his child". 7 September 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2015-09-30.