As co-founder and research director for The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, the UK’s leading cross-party political think tank, Carl leads a team examining how the rise of the digital world affects politics, society, crime, journalism, warfare, business and our everyday lives.
Carl Miller is a pioneering technology researcher and expert in the influence of digital technology on modern society.
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.
Carl’s research for his first book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab (published by Penguin, Random House August 2018), has seen him throw himself into the weirdest and wildest parts of the digital age. Amongst other colourful anecdotes, Carl came face-to-face with hikkimormori – ‘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.
Additionally, Carl has written for Wired, New Scientist, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and the Guardian. He is also the author of over a dozen major reports on the effect of the digital world on society and politics and how it can be studied. This includes the influence of the internet on radicalisation, policing and counter-terrorism, hate crime and social media, digital democracy, and changing identities and beliefs in the digital world.
Carl is an expert advisor on social media for the Care Quality Commission, the external social media expert for the UK Government Civil Contingencies Secretariat, a member of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, and an external advisor on the current cross-Governmental review on the use of data science within the public sector. He is also a visiting research fellow at King’s College, London.
Carl is available to speak on the following topics
Addressing The Hidden Reality of Power Today, Carl explains 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.
Understanding risk and volatility in the Digital Age is a criticia requirement for organisations and law enforcement agencies. 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
With a specific focus on digital crime and cyber security. 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, Carl shares the lessons that we can all learn from those on the front-lines of the digital revolution? Indeed, Carl can also take this a step further analysing 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?
Carl is an accomplished speaker sharing incredible stories based on his research which captivate audiences and leave them with plenty to ponder as he peels back the layers behind the digital revolution.