Ben Hammersley

Current Roles:

  • 2010 – Present Principal, Hammersley Futures, Brooklyn, USA
  • 2012 – Present Academic Fellow, European Policy Center, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2015 – Present Editorial Board, Intelligence Squared, London, UK
  • 2019 – Present Advisor, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2019 – Present Associate, Imperial War Museum Institute
  • 2019 – Present American Red Cross Disaster Action Team

Former Roles:

  • Innovator-in-Residence, CAST, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Presenter, “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” – Netflix/BBC
  • Executive Editor, WIRED Magazine
  • Prime Minister’s Ambassador to TechCity, and member of the Tech City Advisory Board, Office of the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street
  • Fellow, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schumann School of Advanced Study, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Member, High Level Group on the future of Media, European Commission
  • Non-executive director, Digital Jersey Ltd, Jersey.
  • Non-Resident Fellow, The Brookings Institute, Washington DC
  • Reference Group Member, Defence Academy/Seaford House Cyber Inquiry
  • Senior Fellow, Royal College of Defence Studies
  • Author, Hodder & Stoughton, et al internationally  “64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then”
  • Presenter, BBC
  • Lecturer, Ravensbourne College
  • Co-curator, “Life Online” Gallery, National Media Museum
  • Trustee, Awesome Foundation London
  • Advisory Board, Online Rights Group
  • Visiting Lecturer, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona


  • FAA Private Pilot
  • Emergency Medical Technician – California, New. York State, USA National Registry
  • Wilderness Medic
  • US Amateur Radio 

Honours and Fellowships

  • Fellow, United Nations Alliance of Civilisations
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the British American Project
  • Fellow of the Transatlantic Network 2020
  • Fellow of the Council for the United States and Italy, Young Leaders’ Programme 
  • Member, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Courvoisier Future 500

Countries reported from: 

Open Source Code released: 

Broadsheet Newspapers Written For:
The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Financial Times 

Words invented:
1, “Podcast”, In The Guardian in 2004. New Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year for 2005

Museum exhibits part of:
2, the “Who am I?” gallery at the Science Museum, London; the “Life Online” gallery, at the National Media Museum, Bradford (from 2012)

Additional Projects


  • The British Council Annual Lecture, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Judge, Lovie Awards
  • Judge, Layar Creation Challenge
  • Curator and speaker, Royal Institution
  • Keynote speaker, Campus Party Brasil, Sao Paolo
  • Keynote speaker, 10 en comunicació, Barcelona
  • Keynote speaker, How The Light Gets In, Hay-on-Wye
  • Speaker, various in Vilnius, Berlin, London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Athens
  • Judge, National Media Museum major works commission
  • Invited Expert, Labour Party Opposition Policy Review on the Internet Economy, London
  • Head of Digital, SIX Creative


  • Keynote speaker, International Content Summit, London
  • Strategic Defence Review u35 Panel, Royal United Services Institute
  • Speaker, Danish International Media Summit, Copenhagen
  • Speaker, European Commission, Brussels
  • Judge, Young Rewired State, London
  • Strategic Consultant,, London


  • Founding Associate Editor, WIRED
  • Guest lecturer, Royal College of Art
  • Winner of Foreign Secretary’s award for innovation, for work at FCO
  • Developer, interaction projects, for own studio: Dangerous Precedent Ltd
  • Speaker at Thinking Digital; WCSJ; GRID Stockholm; The DoLectures; Dana Centre
  • Presenter, BBC Radio 4, London


  • Consiligere to the Head of Digital Engagement, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Interaction design for the FCO
  • Contributing Author, “International News Reporting”
  • Visiting Professor, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona
  • Documentary maker and presenter, BBC Radio 4
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Multimedia Foreign Correspondent (and conceptualization) for MSN: Pakistan elections
  • Founded Geekyoto conference
  • Continuing digital projects, Serpentine Gallery, London
  • Couture photography, Lindka Cierach, Spring Summer 2008
  • Test photographer, various agencies, London


  • Reporter for BBC World, BBC News 24, BBC News Online
  • Designed and developed multimedia news experiments for the BBC &
  • BBC World Service. Reporting from the Turkish general election,
  • Reporter, Philippines civil war
  • Documentary maker and presenter, BBC Radio 4
  • Photographing Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Nominated for Webby award for Comment is free
  • Speaker, Changing Media Summit, London


  • Founded studio, responsible for the Guardian’s advanced new media prototypes
  • Multimedia Reporter, the Guardian, Embedded with British and US armies in Afghanistan
  • Designed, architected and built “Comment is free” for the Guardian.
  • Photography exhibitions, Florence, Italy.
  • Completed major online projects for the BBC, Serpentine Gallery.
  • Wrote “Hacking Gmail”.
  • Lectured in London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Oviedo, New York.


  • Feature writer, the Guardian
  • Wrote “Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom”
  • Wrote “Hacking Movable Type”
  • Advanced Internet Projects, the Guardian 20 sites launched.
  • Lectured in San Diego, Portland, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Paris


  • Invented the word “podcast” in an article for the Guardian
  • Wrote “Blogging Hacks”


  • Reported from Kabul, Afghanistan for the Guardian
  • Spoke at Etech, Santa Clara,


  • Reported from Tehran, Iran for the Guardian
  • Wrote “Content Syndication with RSS”


  • Freelance writer, the Guardian
  • Member of RSS standard working group.
  • Reported from Peshawar, Pakistan for the Guardian
  • Developed mod_streaming: RDF representation of rich media
  • Shortlisted for British Press Awards, Young Journalist of the Year
  • Developed mod_cc RDF representation of Creative Commons

1998 – 2000

  • Interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi, in Rangoon, Burma for The Times
    Built “Gbloogle” a UK blogs search engine
    Reported from USA, Japan, Morocco, France, Germany
    Reporter, The Times
  • Producer, Associated Press Television News, London