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The Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, published by the European Union in December 2020, will require more effective action against harmful content from the big tech companies. Damian Collins MP is joined by Marietje Schaake (from a cabin in the Netherlands) a former MEP to discuss. Felix Kartte from the EU’s External Action Service …
 
January 6th 2021 will be remembered as the day the insurrection incited online by Donald Trump against the result of the Presidential election took over Capitol Hill and led the death of 5 people. Social media disinformation, some of it from the President himself, has stoked tensions to fever pitch. What will be the long term impact of so much pois…
 
In December 2020, both the U.K. government and the European Commission published new proposals that would require social media companies to take more effective action against disinformation and harmful content. What should we reasonably expect them to achieve? And how can we audit whether they are doing enough? This week Damian Collins MP is joined…
 
Should disinformation be treated as a threat to security? The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity Co-Chairs, former NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and former US Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff join Damian Collins MP this week to discuss.They discuss the work the Commission does to safeguard elections in the digital age. …
 
“I know first hand why and how democracy is dieing” writes Chief Executive of news agency Rappler, Maria Ressa, in a new report for the working group on Infodemics. Her work exposing corruption in the Philippines leaves her facing criminal charges. She shares her thoughts on reform of social media and the future of tech regulation with Damian Colli…
 
After a major investigation into the misuse of personal data for political purposes by Cambridge Analytica, the U.K. Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, talks to Damian Collins MP about her investigation’s conclusions and what comes next. With their reaction, Infotagion brings together three key witnesses to the scandal, Dr Emma Briant, Pro…
 
The week following the US election saw disinformation campaigns spread rapidly online seeking to undermine public confidence in the vote. What approach might the new Biden-Harris administration take to tackling this problem and regulating big tech? Damian Collins MP talks to Dr. Mike Carpenter, former foreign policy adviser to Joe Biden and Managin…
 
The role of social media in this 2020 US election has received more scrutiny than ever before. Will this, combined with new policies introduced by the tech companies, help the protect the election? Damian Collins MP asks Laura Edelson, lead researcher for NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering Online Political Ads Transparency Project. Dr Charles Kriel…
 
As news breaks that the Justice Department’s long-expected antitrust lawsuit against Google has been filed, Damian Collins MP talks to Congressman and Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee David Cicilline about how this case could transform tech regulation. They are joined by Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Susan Berfield, author of The Hour…
 
In an extraordinary internal memo given to Buzzfeed, a Facebook employee reveals her shock at the lack of action to tackle fake accounts designed to disrupt elections around the world. Ryan Mac, Buzzfeed's Senior Tech reporter, unpacks the significance of the memo with Damian Collins MP. Emily Taylor, CEO of Oxford Information Labs and associate fe…
 
Our resident fake news expert, Dr Charles Kriel, turns guest this week as he discusses his new documentary People You May Know, a joint project with his partner, Director Kat Gellein Viken. The film follows Kat and Charles on a journey of discovery from Westminster to America’s Deep South. They discover Cambridge Analytica collaborating with US chu…
 
How do Facebook Ad Tools actually work? Can online political ads truly change our minds about how to vote? Damian Collins MP asks one of Facebook’s first Ad Tool's executives, Antonio García Martínez, the author of Chaos Monkeys: Mayhem and Mania Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine. Dr Charles Kriel discusses the new academic study proving that…
 
How can we curtail hate speech and disinformation while protecting freedom of expression online? Damian Collins MP is joined by former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Susan Ness and journalism professor at CUNY, Jeff Jarvis. Both are senior members of the Transatlantic High-Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and …
 
What is the potential impact of deepfake technology on politics? How can people identify real films from ones which have been manipulated? Damian Collins MP is joined by Nina Schick, author of Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse: what you urgently need to know.Giorgio Patrini, CEO of Deeptrace, discusses how his start-up works to defend people from the …
 
Renée DiResta from the Stanford Internet Observatory was part of the investigative team for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into election interference. This week, she tells Damian Collins MP what they found when digging into the data. Tom Firth, Managing Director of M&C Saatchi discusses the revolution in advertising in a digital era.…
 
The Stop Hate for Profit campaign has been successful in persuading major brands like Adidas, Coca Cola and Unilever to pause their advertising on Facebook and demand the company does more to stop the spreading of harmful content. Jim Steyer, the founder and CEO of Commons Sense media, and one of the driving forces behind this campaign joins Damian…
 
In 1995 Craig Newmark launched Craigslist, which has since become one of the biggest and most successful online communities ever. Today his philanthropic foundation supports projects that promote quality journalism and investigative reporting. This week he joins Damian Collins to discuss the role of tech giants in society and his thoughts on how a …
 
In his first ever on-the-record broadcast interview, Trump-Russia dossier author and ex-MI6 officer Chris Steele joins Damian Collins MP for a special extended edition of the podcast. They discuss the extent of Russian interference in public and political life in the West, and why governments are behind the curve tackling the threat. Joining them i…
 
Damian Collins MP is joined by John Borthwick, Chair of the COVID-19 Technology Taskforce and CEO of Betaworks, who were early investors in Twitter and Tumblr. They discuss the tech companies' response to COVID-19 and compare track and trace technologies around the word.Infotagion による
 
How does the newly elected Fianna Fáil government in Ireland plan to tackle misinformation and tech regulation? James Lawless, the party’s science and technology spokesperson, discusses with Damian Collins MP. They are joined by BBC’s disinformation reporter, Marianna Spring who reveals what it’s like engaging with the social media companies when i…
 
The NHSX COVID-19 tracker app in the UK still isn’t fully operational. Did the UK Government choose the wrong tech, or do the tech companies have too much control over the data that’s gathered by their systems? Matt Burgess, Deputy Digital Editor at Wired UK and Michael Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights and regulation at UCL, join Damian to discuss…
 
When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the web, it was intended for everyone. Now it is dominated by a few tech companies who have accumulated huge amounts of data on its users. So Tim decided to make a change. He launched Solid, an open source platform, built to decentralise the web and give citizens more power over their data. Alongside this, a new bu…
 
Following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch in March 2019 which were live-streamed to Facebook, Australia passed world-leading legislation that imposed tougher financial and criminal consequences for social media companies if they failed to expedite the removal of violent or extreme content. Damian Collins discusses with Dave Sharma, former dip…
 
Oscar winning film producer David Puttnam joins Damian Collins MP this week. Lord Puttnam Chairs the House of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies. Their most recent report pointed to an ‘unacceptable’ delay to the UK Government’s Online Harms Bill. Dr Charles Kriel investigates whether Cambridge Analytica has returned.…
 
What happens when a company’s adverts appear next to disinformation or hate speech? Damian Collins MP discusses with Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate after their recent Stop Funding Fake News campaign caught the attention of Donald Trump Jnr and Steve Bannon. Chris Stokel-Walker, author of YouTubers unpacks social media co…
 
For this special edition of the podcast, Damian Collins MP speaks to Baiba Braže, the Assistant Secretary-General of NATO for Public Diplomacy, and Burcu San, the Director of Preparedness in the body’s Operations Division. They discuss the Alliance’s efforts to tackle modern information warfare.Infotagion による
 
Is it time for a 'Bretton Woods' for tech? What role are UK companies playing in keeping people safe online? Damian Collins MP discusses with former co-CEO of Blackberry, Jim Balsillie and Adam Hildreth from Crisp, a leading company in tech safety. Dr Charles Kriel debunks the theory about a US government 'plot' to spread COVID-19 through a new spe…
 
Is it possible to safely moderate internet platforms like Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg’s former mentor turned biggest critic, Roger McNamee, thinks not. The author of Zucked joins Damian Collins MP to discuss reforming Section 230, Joe Biden’s campaign on political ads and continuing internal dissent at the company. The New York Times’ Adam Satariano …
 
The former President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, joins Damian Collins MP this week. They discuss Estonia’s ground-breaking journey to becoming a fully digital society plus his views on disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Dr Charles Kriel reports that the EU has accused China of running disinformation campaigns about the co…
 
Facebook is under attack about its decisions over content, but this time it's current and former employees who are speaking out. Damian Collins MP discusses this and more with former White House adviser and Facebook executive Yael Eisenstat and CEO of Digital Content Next Jason Kint. Dr Charles Kriel analyses the patterns of Black Lives Matter trol…
 
Tom Tugendhat, Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and Jakub Janda, Director of European Values Center for Security Policy join Damian Collins MP this week. They discuss disinformation networks from China and Russia during the pandemic and the recent civil unrest in the US following the murder of George Floyd. Dr. Charles Kriel …
 
Did Professor David Carroll ever get his data back from Cambridge Analytica? The New School Professor and star of “The Great Hack” Netflix documentary catches up with Damian Collins MP to reflect on how the scandal impacted the world. Gian Volpicelli, Tech and Politics Editor of Wired UK, joins to discuss Trump’s war on Twitter, Section 230 of the …
 
John Nicolson MP, the SNP’s spokesperson for for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport joins Damian Collins MP to discuss Twitter’s decision to call out Trump’s tweets and increased attacks on the media during the pandemic. Shakuntala Banaji, Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change at LSE describes the horrific real life impact by WhatsApp disinf…
 
What’s it like being a journalist or a fact checker during this pandemic? Claire Wardle, US Director of First Draft, talks about misinformation techniques she has been studying for years being writ large during coronavirus. Former BBC and Buzzfeed journalist Joey D’Urso unpacks the important relationship between the social media giants and the medi…
 
Is COVID disinformation being used to fuel existing geopolitical tensions and further certain political agendas? What misinformation trends should we be looking out for ahead of the 2020 US election? Phil Howard, Director of the Oxford Institute and Peter Pomerantsev, author of “This Is Not Propaganda” join Damian Collins MP this week to discuss. D…
 
Tristan Harris, former Google insider and co-founder for the Centre for Human Technology joins Damian Collins MP. Damian first met Tristan while giving him a lift to the airport in Washington D.C. when he was there for the DCMS Committee’s fact-finding trip on Disinformation back in 2018. They’ve been discussing how tech can be used for good ever s…
 
Former OECD US Ambassador Karen Kornbluh and Mark Scott, Chief Technology Reporter at POLITICO join Damian Collins MP this week. In these times where COVID-19 misinformation is a matter of life or death, they discuss who’s responsible for stopping it and how journalists are navigating the pandemic. Dr Charles Kriel unpacks the confusion around whet…
 
How much COVID-19 misinformation is out there and who’s responsible for taking action against it? Would auditing how misinformation spreads prepare us for future infodemics? Damian Collins MP discusses with Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, and Nina Jankowicz, academic and author of new book How To Lose …
 
Members of the House of Commons in Canada, Nate Erskine-Smith and Charlie Angus join Damian Collins MP this week. They discuss Canada’s strategy for managing the virus, privacy concerns around track and trace apps and whether the International Grand Committee (of which they famously first took part in November 2018) could one day virtually reconven…
 
As businesses struggle, tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Netflix are stronger than ever. Has COVID-19 accelerated digital disruption? What is the right way to regulate tech? Damian Collins MP is joined by Baroness Martha Lane Fox, board member of Twitter and founder of technology think tank Dot Everyone. John Quinlan discusses a shift in su…
 
Summary: Are virus tracker apps the answer to managing life post-lockdown? How has Singapore used technology to stop COVID-19 misinformation and fight the virus? Damian Collins MP gets the view from the ground with Singaporean academics Dr Shashi Jayakumar and Dr Carol Soon. They are joined by Tom Pressley, Vice-President of International Marketing…
 
Could Google or Facebook predict whether you have COVID-19? With society relying on social media over news media during the pandemic, are we more susceptible to misinformation? Damian Collins MP is joined this week by Shoshana Zuboff, Professor at Harvard Business School and author of Surveillance Capitalism. Alongside her is David Wooding, Politic…
 
Is COVID-19 disinformation from Russia and China on the rise? This week Damian Collins MP is joined by writer Edward Lucas and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s CEO Sasha Havlicek to discuss. Iconic Labs’ John Quinlan and fake news expert Dr Charles Kriel analyse trends in Infotagion’s work this week.…
 
Welcome to a new podcast from Infotagion, an independent fact-checking service to combat fake news about the Coronavirus. This is the first major public health crisis in the age of social media disinformation and Infotagion exists to try and make sense of it. Hosted by Damian Collins MP, co-founder of Infotagion and former chair of the House Of Com…
 
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