Carl is co-founder and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos.
Carl is co-founder and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos.
Carl focuses on finding ways to understand social media in its full scale, scope and complexity by combining sociology, anthropology, computer science and artificial intelligence. He is interested in the creation of social media science as a reliable, powerful and ethical discipline that can inform our responses to social and political problems.
With Sir David Omand and Jamie Bartlett, he coined the term ‘SOCMINT’ – social media intelligence – in the Demos report #Intelligence, the first framework for the ethical and effective collection of social media intelligence for public security. He is also co-author of Truth, Lies and the Internet, which looked at young people’s critical thinking online, and The Power of Unreason, a report into the use of conspiracy theories by extremist groups.
He is currently researching:
He is also a Research Associate at the King’s Policy Institute at King’s College London. He studied History at Cambridge and holds the top MA distinction in War Studies from King’s College London (2009).
The Power of Unreason, the first in a series of reports by Demos on emerging themes in extremism and terrorism, examines the role played by conspiracy theories in extremist groups.
This report examines the ability of young people in Britain to critically evaluate information they consume online.
This pamphlet outlines a legal, principled grounding for the use of social media for intelligence purposes.
This report is an in-depth analysis of the police's use of social media to monitor intelligence, engage with the community, and tackle crime.
This projects asks the extent to which young people can discriminate between the wealth of information found online.More