Jamie Bartlett
Jamie heads the Violence and Extremism Programme which researches a range of terrorist and extremist groups. He is also the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media. He recently undertook a survey of 13,000 Facebook supporters of radical right wing parties in Europe, and co-authored with Sir David Omand the first report on how intelligence and policing agencies should use social media intelligence. He is currently working on combining artificial intelligence with social science in order to use natural language processing for social policy research.

Entries by Jamie Bartlett

The Million Mask March by Anonymous

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:55 AM

Today, at dozens of cities across the world, one million people will be marching. Many will be wearing Guy Fawkes masks, and protesting against...well it's not exactly clear. Injustice and corruption have both been mentioned. But internet spying by the NSA and other government agencies will be the main rallying...

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Was Russell Brand Right?

(75) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Russell Brand has called for a revolution: an uprising, an awakening. Most people he says, 'don't give a fuck about politics', and, like him, shouldn't vote because it only encourages the money grabbing 'dicklickers'. He thinks a revolution is coming, in fact. By guest-editing the New Statesman this week and...

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Give Tommy Robinson a Chance

(9) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:38 AM

We must always leave the door open for groups or people to reform. After all, if we don't accept that people can change, what is the point of arguing, of debating, of reasoning - the bedrock of liberal, democratic politics? Yesterday's extremist is sometimes today's elected representative. (Or tomorrow's: Quilliam...

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Where Now for the EDL?

(61) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:45 AM

Tommy Robinson and the rarely seen but equally important Kevin Carroll are going to leave the English Defence League. It's not much of a surprise: but the resulting fall out might be.

The reason, according to Tommy, is that he can't contain extreme right wing elements with the movement....

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Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

(30) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM

How, why, and when, a government monitors its own population is one of those vexing 'big' questions. It usually hums away in the background, but presently dominates the front pages, such as the furore of the UK's Communications Data Bill ('Snoopers Charter' to critics), and revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden...

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Rules of the Internet: 'Tits or GTFO!'

(34) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Over the last week, 'Twitter trolls' have targeted high profile women with repeated online threats of rape, murder and bomb attacks, most notably Caroline Criado-Perez, Stella Creasy MP, and the academic Mary Beard. In response, many users boycotted Twitter on Sunday, and a petition was started to make reporting abuse...

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Was the 'Today' Programme Right to Interview Tommy Robinson?

(9) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:31 AM

One of the tests a captain of a UK nuclear submarine has to undertake before launching a retaliation payload is to check if the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 is being broadcast. If not, odds are London has been hit. It is the establishment. This morning, the leader of...

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'EDL' Found Scrawled on the Wall - What Does That Mean?

(19) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 8:59 AM

An Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and according to the police, the letters 'EDL' were found scrawled on the walls. Scotland Yard are believed to be looking into whether there is any link to the English Defence League.

If it...

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Islamic Hate Crime Won't Last: The UK Is a Tolerant Place

(265) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 7:00 PM

'Tell Mama' - the hotline to report anti-Muslim hate crime has documented a large increase in rerports in the week since Woolwich: from around four-five a day to more like 40. I would rather it were none, of course, but it should not cause for panic: the UK is in...

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Why Did MI5 Miss Woolwich?

(22) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 7:00 PM

There has been a lot of speculation following the Woolwich attack about how people are 'radicalised', that MI5 'knew' the suspects and therefore could have - should have - stopped this terrible event. It might yet emerge that our intelligence agencies made an enormous operational or strategic blunder, or that...

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The Woolwich Attacks Are Not New

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:09 AM

All the evidence now strongly suggests that yesterday's knife attack in Woolwich was a terrorist incident, and the two culprits were al-Qaeda inspired, or motivated by similar violent ideas. Beyond that, caution is required. There is still much we do not know (although Twitter, predictably, has already named one suspect,...

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The New Political Tactic: Social Media Trawling

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:00 PM

A new type of political tactic is slowly taking shape: the social media trawl. All that information we share or is shared about us - the tweets, comments, likes, photos and so on - is quickly becoming a honey pot of political point scoring and scandal. Last month, the Twitter...

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The Communications Data Bill Will Be Back

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:13 AM

Nick Clegg appeared to announced on his phone-in show yesterday that the much maligned Draft Communications Data Bill ('snooper's charter' to its critics) would not appear in this year's Queen's speech. Opponents of the Bill rejoiced. Julian Huppert MP wrote that 'Nick has killed the snooper's charter'. If correct -...

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Is Twitter a Good Source of Breaking News?

(8) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Following the Boston bombings, anyone following the relevant feeds and hashtags would have seen a surge of contradictory stories and speculation, some important and true, others later exposed as nonsense. Twitter is both an enormous rumour mill, and invaluable source of valuable information. I could end this article here, but...

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Forget About Paris Brown, the Police Are Good Tweeters

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 7:16 AM

Another police-Twitter scandal over the weekend. The feed of 17 year old Paris Brown, the first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, contained some pretty stupid things she'd tweeted a couple of years ago. This is a new genre of story: public-servant-said-something-silly-on-Twitter. As more of us determine that our thoughts deserve...

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Why Did the Pollsters Miss Beppe Grillo?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:47 AM

Over the weekend, on this site, I predicted that Beppe Grillo and his Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S - Five Star Movement) would outperform the polls by four to five percentage points in the Italian general election. I didn't, however, expect him to secure one in every four votes....

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Can Social Media Win an Election? The Case of Beppe Grillo

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2013 | 8:05 AM

This weekend, Italians vote on the Senate elections. If the polls are accurate, Pier Luigi Bersani and his Democratic party will become the largest coalition group. But the real story might just be Beppe Grillo and his Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S).

So how well will Grillo fare? He presents...

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Wicked Jihad

(11) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 3:10 AM

Two years ago we released a research paper at Demos about Islamist terrorists in Europe. What we found was that they were not attracted to al-Qaeda by religion or ideology alone - but also by the glamour and excitement that al-Qaeda purports to offer. In fact, the behaviour...

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How a Comedian Changed Italian Politics

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 12:16 PM

As one of Italy's best-known comedians, Beppe Grillo had often exposed political and business scandals as part of his routines, but in 2005 he published his first post on his blog, which established him as a public figure focusing on political and societal issues. In the ensuing years,...

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When I Debated Alex Jones

(30) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The only thing I have in common with Piers Morgan is that we have both debated live with talk-show host, pro-gun lobbyist, and all round conspiracy theorist supremo Alex Jones. (Actually, that is not strictly true. When Piers Morgan was a fresh face journalist at the Daily Mirror, he wrote...

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