Carl Miller investigates the hidden realities of the digital age. His first book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab was published by Penguin Random House in 2018. He presents programmes for the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click, and co-founded The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos in 2013 and CASM Technology in 2014. Uniting his work across investigatory journalism, think tank research and entrepreneurial technology development is an interest in revealing the true nature of power in the digital age.
He won the 2019 Transmission Prize for his writing in 2019, jointly won the US-Paris Tech Challenge in 2021 for innovative responses to disinformation and was tech partner to the winner of the Innovation of the Year Award at the British Journalism Awards in 2022. He’s a Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, a member of the RUSI States Threats Task Force, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an Associate of the Imperial War Museum, Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe, a member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, a member of the advisory board of the Global Network on Extremism and Technology, and a member of the Challenging Pseudoscience group at the Royal Institution.
From corporate giants like Shell to the British Parliament and Home Office, Carl speaks to audiences around the world about what the digital revolution means to them and how they can stay ahead of the curve. He is regularly asked to appear on national and international media to give his expert opinion on all things digital, including BBC and Sky News.
His investigations blend together data and analysis with people and lived experiences. He came face-to-face with hikikomori – ‘the departed’ – in South Korea who only live online, lived in a political-technology commune, had a knife held to his throat and become involved in the struggle for control of an online assassination market, all to help us understand how the digital revolution is causing traditional power structures to crumble and evolve, and how this process is changing all of our lives in ways we may not have noticed.
Carl has written for The Economist, The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, Wired, New Scientist, The Telegraph, the Atlantic, and the Guardian.
How the most precious commodity of the digital age is being fought over, won, lost and transformed. From politics to journalism, business to crime, Carl will talk about his year-long journey to track down the nature of power today, show where it has gone and the shape it now takes.
Whether it is a crisis of law enforcement or the production of fake news, enormous disruptions to markets or the undermining of political systems, Carl will explain the important, and often hidden risks that digital technologies have created.
Carl draws on going on a cyber-crime raid with the police, going to the largest annual gathering of hackers in Las Vegas, and even trying to do some cyber-crime himself to show how we’re all living through an extraordinary moment: the worst crisis of law enforcement in the history of modern policing.
From hackers to cyber-criminals, citizen journalists to fake news merchants, information warriors to digital presidents, what are the lessons that we can all learn from those on the front-lines of the digital revolution?
Where did information warfare come from? How do people do it? What are the tools and techniques in this strange new kind of conflict, and where will it go next?
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