Past eventMembersUnder 35s Forum

The Online Underworld

11 September 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Chatham House, London


Jamie Bartlett, Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos; Author, The Dark Net
David Anderson QC,  Brick Court Chambers and the Government’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
Chair: Geoff White, Technology Producer, Channel 4 News



Beyond the familiar online world that most inhabit - a world of Google, Facebook and Amazon - lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures. The dark net, or hidden web, is only accessible via specialist software and has been used by dissidents to avoid the control of authoritarian regimes, and journalists circumventing censorship. Yet the anonymity of the dark net is also open to exploitation by criminals, who law enforcement agencies struggle to track. 

Drawing on extensive first-hand experience, Jamie Bartlett will discuss the experience of spending one year immersed in the internet's most dangerous subcultures, how conditions of freedom and anonymity affects human behaviour, and what it means for society today.

This is an Under 35s Forum event.

This event will be followed by a reception.