Kenneth Cukier

Kenneth Cukier

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Kenn Cukier is a senior editor at The Economist and host of its weekly podcast on technology.

Kenn is the co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work, and Think with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, which was a New York Times bestseller, translated in over 20 languages.

Big Data sold over one million copies worldwide, won the National Library of China’s Wenjin Book Award and was a finalist for the FT Business Book of the Year. Kenn co-authored a follow-on book, Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education. His TED Talk on data has been viewed over one million times.

Previously, Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Europe, Asia and America. From 2002 to 2004, he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kenn’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. He has been a frequent commentator on CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on data-driven development.

Kenn is a Board director of The Open String Foundation, and a trustee of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs). From 2007 to 2018, he was a director of International Bridges to Justice, and he served on the Board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Kenn is researching artificial intelligence and business and society, in particular the role of humans in the age of algorithms. Much of his writing appears in The Economist or on Medium.


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