Author of Digital Gangsters
Ian Lucas was a key MP in the world-leading Parliamentary investigation which uncovered the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the dark role of Facebook and a political cover up leading to 10 Downing Street.
In Digital Gangsters, he sets out the threat to democracy of the unbridled use of social media in politics. From unpublished sources, Ian explains how, unknown to most of us, its exploitation was central to our Brexit Referendum and the election of President Trump.
Ian Lucas the Writer
Before becoming a writer, Ian Lucas was Member of Parliament for Wrexham from 2001 to 2019, a Labour Government Minister and a Member of the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee from 2015-19. Ian was a founding member of the International Grand Committee of Parliaments which investigated online interference in elections worldwide in 2018-19.
A lawyer by background, he represented Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales. Ian’s role is set out in Trevor’s book, “The Bodyguard’s Story”, published in 2000. Ian decided to leave Parliament write Digital Gangsters to tell the full story of the huge impact of digital campaigning on elections and democracies today.
If you want to understand how social media has completely changed our political system this is a compelling read. Ian Lucas tells the inside story of how populism, political data and online platforms got into the heart of government in Britain.Jo Stevens, former Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
It’s a thrilling read that would be a John Grisham plot were it all not shockingly true.Kyle Taylor, Author: “The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy”.
Ian Lucas has done us all a great favour in setting out exactly where the greatest threats to democracy lie, and the degree to which Parliament is ignoring them. Are we simply ‘sleepwalking’, or wilfully disregarding the responsibilities an active Democracy places on all of its citizens?David Puttnam, former Chair of House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee.