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David Patrikarakos is a British journalist, author and TV producer, best known as the author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century. He is also a contributing editor at the Daily Beast and a contributing writer at Politico Europe. In 2014 he was appointed a Poynter Fellow at Yale University  and is currently a Non-Resident Fellow in the School of Iranian Studies, at the University of St Andrews.
Patrikarakos has been described as a British-Greek-Jewish-Iranian-Iraqi. He is descended on his father’s side from the Greek revolutionary and statesman Georgios Sisinis. On his mother’s side he comes from a long line of Sephardi rabbis including the master kabbalist and de facto chief Rabbi of Babylon, Yosef Hayyim.
After post-graduate studies at Wadham College, Oxford, in 2012 Patrikarakos published Nuclear Iran: Birth of An Atomic State, a full history of Iran's nuclear ambitions. Nuclear Iran was named as a New York Times Editor's Choice and nominated for the 2013 Total Politics Book Awards.
His second book, War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century, drew from Patrikarakos' time embedded with forces in the Russian-Ukraine conflict and reporting on the 2014 Hamas-Israel conflict, Operation Protective Edge and ISIS, to explore the increasing role played by social media in modern conflict. It was also the first book to explore the work of Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat, who would rise to prominence following the 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. On its publication in 2018, Patrikarakos' book was widely reviewed in the international press, including by Ben Judah in The Times, who wrote that "War in 140 Characters should be mandatory reading at Sandhurst".
In the book Patrikarakos popularises the concept of what he terms Homo Digitalis, the individual that (thanks to the digital revolution, notably the power of social media) is networked, globally connected, and able to wield disproportionate power.
In the military sphere, War in 140 Characters was placed on the reading lists for the Munich Security Conference and the UK's Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies and singled out as essential reading by Admiral Foggo at an October 2018 meeting of the Atlantic Council. In January 2018, the incoming head of UK Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Nick Carter concluded his first major policy speech at Royal United Services Institute by calling on the 77 Brigade to observe the lessons of Patrikarakos' book.
Patrikarakos started writing on foreign affairs, primarily on Iran, before branching out to cover the Middle East and post-Soviet states more generally, specialising in disinformation. In the course of his career he has written for The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independentt, the Spectator, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Prospect, New Statesman, Politico, The Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, Reuters, Mashable, Literary Review, CNN, the National Interest and many others.
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