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Untangling the Web

Aleks Krotoski

The Guardian

University of Surrey

Ben Hammersley

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Full Name
Aleksandra Krystyna Krotoski

22 October 1974 (age 49) (

Alma mater
University of Surrey (PhD) Oberlin College


TV shows
The Virtual Revolution, Bits, Thumb Bandits

Notable work
The Virtual Revolution

Journalist Broadcaster

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Aleksandra Krystyna Theresa "Aleks" Krotoski (born 22 October 1974) is a Polish-American broadcaster, journalist and social psychologist, resident of the United Kingdom who writes about technology and interactivity. She presents The Guardian podcast Tech Weekly and contributes to She formerly contributed occasional stories to The Guardian's now defunct Online print section (which was later renamed Technology), and was one of the core contributor's to the Guardian's original Gamesblog.


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Early life

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Krotoski was born a U.S. citizen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but spent her early years in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her parents, Wojciech Antoni "Al" Krotoski (1937–2016) and his then-wife Danuta (née Gwozdziowski), were Polish-American scientists who played a key role in revealing hypnozoites as the true mechanism of malarial relapse.


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Krotoski graduated with a BA in psychology from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1996. After moving to the UK and becoming a television presenter, she returned to university to study social psychology at the University of Surrey, where she completed an MSc in 2004 and a PhD in 2009. Her PhD thesis on social influence in Second Life examined "how information spreads around the social networks of the World Wide Web."


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From 1999 to 2001 she co-presented Channel 4's late evening video gaming review show, Bits with Emily Booth and Emily Newton Dunn.

In 2006, she contributed to the United Kingdom's Department for Education and Skills and the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) collaboration, "Unlimited Learning: The role of computer and video games in curriculum-based education". In 2004, she authored ELSPA's "Chicks and Joysticks: An exploration of women and gaming".

In September 2006 she was named one of the games industry's 100 most influential women by and in November 2006 she was named one of the "Top Ten Girl Geeks" by CNET, two spots behind fictional character Lisa Simpson.

In February 2010, she presented The Virtual Revolution for BBC Two. This TV documentary series was described by the BBC as charting "two decades of profound change since the invention of the World Wide Web, weighing up the huge benefits and the unforeseen downsides." She also presented an accompanying four-part podcast series on the BBC World Service.

As of November 2010, she was Researcher in Residence at the British Library and curator of the Growing Knowledge digital exhibition at the library, and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.

Since 2011, she has presented the BBC Radio 4 series Digital Human, which examines the relationship between human behaviour and the use of the World Wide Web.

On 4 July 2013 her book, Untangling the Web was published. It was based on "thirteen years of research" concurrently with her previous activities. It received reviews in the journal Nature and The Observer.

Personal life

Krotoski married Ben Hammersley in April 2014; their daughter was born in September 2014.


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