Jamie Bartlett (journalist)

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Jamie Bartlett
Jamie Bartlett speaking at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media in 2014
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
London School of Economics
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Jamie Bartlett is a British author and journalist, primarily for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph.[1][2][3] He was a senior fellow at Demos and served as director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos until 2017.[4]


Bartlett was educated at a state comprehensive school in Chatham, Kent[5] He won a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford[clarification needed] and went on do a master's degree[when?] at the London School of Economics. [6]


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.[7]

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, camgirls, self-harm communities, darknet drug markets, crypto-anarchists and transhumanists.[8]

Bartlett has frequently written about online extremism[9] and free speech,[10] as well as social media trends in Wikipedia,[11] Twitter[12] and Facebook.[13]

In 2017, he published his second book Radicals Chasing Utopia, which covered fringe political movements including transhumanism, psychedelic societies and anarcho-capitalism.[14][15] He also presented the two part BBC Two series The Secrets of Silicon Valley.[16]

Bartlett's third book, The People Vs Tech, was released in 2018.[17] It argued that "our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution."[18]

In 2019 he co-wrote and presented the BBC podcast series The Missing Cryptoqueen, which investigated the disappearance of Dr Ruja Ignatova, founder of the fake cryptocurrency OneCoin. The podcast also examines how OneCoin operates, and its human and social cost.


  1. ^ Jamie Bartlett on Journalisted
  2. ^ Jamie Bartlett on Twitter Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ TED Jamie Bartlett: How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream
  4. ^ "Reflections on 10 years at Demos". Demos. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  5. ^ @jamiejbartlett (27 January 2018). "I also went to a pretty rough comprehensive ... was the first in my family to go to university, and got myself a scholarship to attend Oxford University" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Anon (2020). "JAMIE BARTLETT: Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos". speakersforschools.org. Speakers for Schools. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ Dinmore, Guy (13 February 2013). "Grillo makes five star progress in campaign". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ Ian, Burrell (28 August 2014). "The Dark Net:Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett, book review". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  9. ^ Hamill, Jasper (18 March 2015). "Spooks left 'furious' after Anonymous hacktivists name and shame 9,200 ISIS supporters, sources claim". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (16 April 2015). "How much should we trust Wikipedia?". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  12. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (10 February 2015). "Which party leader gets the most abuse on Twitter?". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Messum, J. Kent. "Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World". www.nyjournalofbooks.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  15. ^ Arel, Dan (13 June 2017). "Radicals Chasing Utopia Sets out to Be Your User Guide to Radical Movements". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  16. ^ Saner, Emine (7 August 2017). "Secrets of Silicon Valley review – are we sleepwalking towards a technological apocalypse?". the Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  17. ^ PEOPLE VS. TECH by Jamie Bartlett | Kirkus Reviews.
  18. ^ Bartlett, Jamie. "The People Vs Tech". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2018.