Jamie Susskind
Author - Speaker - Barrister
Tech - Power - Liberty - Democracy - Justice - Law

“Few understand politics. Even fewer understand technology. Susskind is that rare soul who understands both.”- Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School

“Susskind could be one of the great public intellectual rock stars of our time” - London Evening Standard

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About Jamie

Jamie Susskind is the author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press, 2018), an Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Prospect Book of the Year, and a Guardian Book of the Day. Future Politics was awarded the 2019 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize.

Jamie is an author, speaker, and practising barrister. A past Fellow of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, he studied history and politics at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating first in his year before turning to the law.

Jamie writes and speaks about technology - from AI to Blockchain, Robotics, and Virtual Reality- and politics.

He speaks globally about the future of power, freedom, justice, and democracy, and has written in the New York Times, Wired, the Daily Telegraph, Fast Company, the New Statesman, and the Jewish Chronicle.


“a formidable achievement”


Guardian book of the day

“…a work of clarity and effortless genius which is a must for anybody seeking to understand the impact of modern technology on our body politic”

Evening Standard

An Evening Standard Book of the Year

“crucial reading…superb and necessary”


“easily readable…books like this might help turn the tide…clear and precise…he steers a course to the future that is as convincing as it is shocking”

Sunday Times

“brilliant…detailed research, colourful examples, and a pacy, upbeat style…Future Politics will remain relevant for several years. All elected officials should read it as a matter of urgency”

Catholic Herald

“tremendous talent…very readable”


“The tone…is as refreshing as the originality of insight”

Irish Times

“remarkably comprehensive…Susskind’s intervention is to note that recent events should force us to look in the mirror”

Boston Review 

“a riveting book that sparkles with great ideas…visionary”

Frost Magazine

"Original and thought-provoking…groundbreaking."

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 2007-2010

"…there is no better glimpse into our shared future than this book."

Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School

"…a tour de force introduction to the future…"

Beth Simone Noveck, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

"…pathbreaking…a must-read."

Philip Pettit, Princeton University

"…lucid and essential..."

Matt Clifford MBE, Co-Founder & CEO, Entrepreneur First

"…crackles with ideas, sparking new thoughts with every page…superbly organised…Terrific."

Lord Finkelstein, The Times

“rigorous and thoughtful…commendable intellectual breadth”

Literary Review

“…a call for nothing less than…fundamental change”

Engineering & Technology

Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future, the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems - and on what terms?

Jamie Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies will transform the way we live together. Calling for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics, he describes a world in which certain technologies come to hold great power over us. Some will gather data about our lives, causing us to avoid conduct perceived as shameful, sinful, or wrong. Others will filter our perception of the world, choosing what we know, shaping what we think, affecting how we feel, and guiding how we act. Still others will force us to behave certain ways, like self-driving cars that refuse to drive over the speed limit.

Those who control these technologies will increasingly control the rest of us. They will set the limits of our liberty, decreeing what we may do and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will resolve vital questions of social justice, allocating social goods and sorting us into hierarchies of status and esteem. They will decide the future of democracy, causing it to flourish or decay.

A groundbreaking work of political analysis, Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, what it means for a political system to be just or democratic, and proposes ways in which we can - and must - regain control.



Jamie speaks worldwide about digital technology and its impact on politics, economics, and morality. Recent engagements include events at Microsoft, Google, Harvard, Stanford, LSE, the British Academy, the Royal Society of Arts, the Financial Times Weekend Festival, Hay Literary Festival, the Veerstichting Symposium in Leiden, The Times Cheltenham Book Festival, Seattle Town Hall, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Jamie is a sought-after speaker. He was the second commoner in English history to speak at the opposition dispatch box of the House of Lords. Upon being called to the Bar of England and Wales, he was awarded the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn’s most prestigious advocacy prize. By the age of 21 he had written speeches for US Senators and British MPs.


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Get in touch


For speaking and media, please contact Jamie’s agent, Caroline Michel, at PFD

For Jamie’s publishers, please contact Oxford University Press.

For inquiries relating to Jamie’s practice as a barrister, please contact clerks@littletonchambers.co.uk .

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