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Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

Futurist & Technologist

Ben Hammersley is one of the most thought-provoking futurists of our time.  He is also a journalist, and technologist, specialising in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres.  

He enjoys an international career as a trends and digital guru, explaining complex technological and sociological topics to lay audiences, and as a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business.

He is currently the Innovator in Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths at the University of London; a faculty member of the School of Life; an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre, and a non-executive director of Digital Jersey Ltd.  In 2014, he became the Principal of Onwards, Friend – a programme to develop science and launch platforms for high altitude and low-earth-orbit. 

He is the editor-at-large for WIRED Magazine, a columnist for BA Business Life Magazine, and a freelance reporter and presenter at BBC.

Until recently, Ben was the UK Prime Minister's Ambassador to Tech City in East London.  He was also the Robert Schuman fellow on the Global Governance programme at the European University Institute (2013); a member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom.

Amongst Ben’s most unusual achievements is his invention of the word ‘Podcast’.  He has spoken at festivals, universities, think tanks and corporations all over the world, including regularly at 10 Downing Street (UK Prime Minister’s office), Deutsche Telekom, European Commission, Brookings Institute, and the Royal Institution.

Ben is the author of the acclaimed book 64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then (2012), which is a guide to the new concepts of the modern world.  His most recent book Now for Then: How to Face the Digital Future without Fear (2013), is a guide to the latest ideas in technology, culture, business and politics.  It demystifies the internet, decodes cyberspace, and guides you through the innovations of the revolution we are all living through.

• Inventor of the word ‘podcast’

• Editor-at-large for WIRED magazine

• Host of Netflix and BBC television series ‘Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley’

• Frontline reporter in countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Japan, USA, Canada, Morocco, Turkey

• Author of 64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then, a guide to the new concepts of the modern world