Tom Chatfield Keynote Speaker

  • Pioneering commentator on the interactions between technology, business and society
  • Author, "Netymology: From Apps to Zombies: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World" (2013)
  • Named as one of the “100 Top Global Thinkers” by Italian think tank, LSDP

Tom Chatfield's Biography

Dr Tom Chatfield is a leading writer, thinker and speaker on technology and digital culture. Having consulted for firms ranging from Google and Teach for All to SAGE and Mind Candy, and brands ranging from Coca Cola to Time Out, he is interested in improving our experiences of digital culture, with a special interest in A.I., the psychology of human-machine interactions and the ethics of technology.

Tom is a Guest Faculty Member at the Oxford Said Leadership Programme and a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, where he researches critical thinking in a digital age, the basis of his well-received book “Critical Thinking” (October 2017). He is also a faculty member at Alain de Botton’s School of Life; and a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute. Tom is also a member of a research working group at the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, exploring the social and human implications of algorithms.

With over a million views on his TED Global talk and prolific author, Tom’s books have been published in over two dozen languages and include: “Live This Book!” (2015), a journal that asks readers to look again at their lives, habits, passions and fears; “How to thrive in the Digital Age” (2012), which explores what our newly ‘wired lives’ are, for better or worse, doing to our minds; and “Netymology” (2013), which explores the language of the internet, telling the remarkable stories behind the terms and technologies that define our present. Tom’s first novel, This is Gomorrah, released in March 2019, is a conspiracy thriller surrounding the dark web.

A launch columnist for the BBC’s worldwide technology site, BBC Future, Tom writes and commentates widely in the international media, as well as guest lecturing at universities in the UK and Europe. Media appearances include BBC television and radio, NPR, ABC, CNN, Fox News, Radio New Zealand, and expert commentary for documentaries. His contributions also appear across print media including the Financial Times, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Sunday Times, New Statesman, New Scientist and Wired.

Tom Chatfield took his doctorate at St John’s College, Oxford, and was named one of the world’s 100 leading thinkers by think tank LSDP.

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Videos of Tom Chatfield

Toolkit for critical thinking in an age of fake news
Toolkit for critical thinking in an age of fake news
7 ways video games engage the brain
7 ways video games engage the brain
Your phone is seducing you, and you're paying the price
Your phone is seducing you, and you're paying the price
Chartwell Bites - Tom Chatfield (2020)
Chartwell Bites - Tom Chatfield (2020)

Blogs & Articles

Books by Tom Chatfield

How to Thrive in the Digital Age (The School of Life) Tom Chatfield
How to Thrive in the Digital Age (The School of Life) by Tom Chatfield
Netymology: From Apps to Zombies: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World by Tom Chatfield
Netymology: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World
Live This Book
Live This Book
Critical Thinking

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