SPEAKERS 2022 – Chris Stokel-Walker

Chris Stokel-Walker

TikTok Analyst

Chris Stokel-Walker is a UK journalist based in Newcastle. He is the author of ‘TikTok Boom: China’s Dynamite App and the Superpower Race for Social Media’ and YouTubers: How YouTube shook up TV and created a new generation of stars’.

Reviewers praised ‘TikTok Boom’ writing, “It’s clear that Stokel-Walker’s strength is that he’s not just TikTok-literate, he’s TikTok-fluent. He knows the product, the people, and the entire ecosystem inside and out, and it is this familiarity that makes his telling so compelling..”

When he’s not busy writing books, Chris’ work appears regularly in WIRED, the Economist and Newsweek Magazine.

Chris’ talk

How TikTok Has Changed Everything

Behind TikTok’s seemingly overnight success lies a carefully-crafted plan for world domination. So far, it’s succeeded – and is rewriting the norms of social media. What does that mean for all of us? Should we be scared of the supposed risks involved? And why has TikTok managed to worm its way into our lives – and how are other apps responding?

Chris Stokel-Walker charts the last five years of social media, and what it means for the next 25 years.

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