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May 19, 2015

‘The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld’

Henry Jackson Society

SPEAKER: Jamie Bartlett

Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media


 Jamie Bartlett

TIME: 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 19th May 2015

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


For a transcript of this event, click here

For a podcast of this event, click here

Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit – a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon – lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone or do anything they want.

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. In The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld, Jamie Bartlett draws on extensive first-hand experience and exclusive interviews to shine a light on this enigmatic and ever-changing world. Furthermore, an expert in security and extremism, Bartlett examines the role that the dark net plays in the activities of those seeking to create disruption in democratic societies.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, and author of The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld. Bartlett will discuss what he has discovered in his examination of the Internet and its furthest recesses, with a special focus on how terrorist groups utilise the hidden facets of one of our greatest inventions.



Jamie Bartlett is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, a London-based think tank. His primary research interests are new political movements and social media research and analysis, internet cultures and security and privacy online.

Jamie’s work focuses on the ways in which social media and modern communications and technology are changing political and social movements, with a special emphasis on terrorism and radical political movements.

Prior to working for Demos, Jamie was a research associate at the international humanitarian agency Islamic Relief and conducted field research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Jamie holds Masters Degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford.

In 2014, Jamie published The Dark Net with William Heinemann about hidden internet subcultures. He writes a weekly column for The Telegraph on technology and is a frequent commentator in national and international media outlets.