Biography

Dr Tom Chatfield (@TomChatfield) is a British writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. The author of six books exploring digital culture – most recently Live This Book! (Penguin), How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) and Netymology (Quercus) – his work has appeared in over two dozen territories and languages. His book Critical Thinking, researched as a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, is forthcoming from SAGE Publications in November 2017. In October 2017, he signed a two-book deal to write two international conspiracy thrillers set in the world of the dark net for Hodder.

Tom is interested in improving our understanding of digital technology, and its uses in policy, education and engagement. He is currently technology and media advisor at Agathos LLP; Non Executive Director at the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society; a faculty member at London’s School of Life; a Master’s Committee member at the Economics Research Council; a past guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford; and a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute. Past collaborators include Google, the BBC, Channel 4 Education, Mind Candy, Shift, Flamingo London, Six to Start, Preloaded, Firefish, Future Lab, Sense Worldwide, SAGE Publications, Sugru and Allianz.

Tom speaks and broadcast around the world on technology, the arts and media. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@Google; the World Congress on Information Technology; Science Foo Camp; Intelligence Squared; the Houses of Parliament; Aspen Seminars for Leaders; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Googleplex.

A launch columnist for the BBC’s worldwide technology site, BBC Future, Tom writes and commentate widely in the international media, as well as guest lecturing at universities in the UK and Europe. He is a regular on BBC radio and television, and broadcasts around the world.

He is managed by Chartwell for speaking, and United Agents for writing and broadcasting. When not working, he plays jazz piano and drinks too much coffee.