Carl is on the trail of power. In the wake of the digital revolution, he’s trying to find out who now has it; who has lost it, and how it’s changed. His hunt will be published next year as ‘Power: Control and Liberation in the Twenty-First Century’.
He co-founded and is the Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos. He is the author of over a dozen major reports on how the digital world is changing society, politics and policing. They have covered the rise of new analytics technologies, the growth of citizen journalism, policing in the digital age, social media in the aftermath of serious accidents, hate crime and social media, social media intelligence, the rise of internet subcultures (especially conspiracy theories), the importance of digital literacy and digital politics. He’s written for a number of publications on these topics including for the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the BBC, the Guardian, Wired and New Scientist. His work has been widely covered by the national and international media, most recently in a Channel4 Dispatches documentary on online Islamophobia.
He sits on the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, and is an expert advisor on social media for the Care Quality Commission, the external social media expert for the UK Government Civil Contingencies Secretariat, and lately the current cross-Governmental review on the use of data science within the public sector. He is also currently a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London.