Distraction Politics Will Dominate This Election

In the modern world our senses are being relentlessly assaulted. Every single app, screen, notification, billboard, and TV show, are fighting for every morsel of your attention. Donald Trump pioneered the real-world application of this technology. His outrageous statements, lies, and scandals, came thick and fast, each one distracting you from the last, sometimes before […]

Chatter Episode 50 – Dr Birgit Schippers on Big Tech, Mass Surveillance, and the Power of AI

Dr Birgit Schippers of St. Marys University College Belfast was our guest on today’s show. We discussed the role out of facial recognition software, how effective AI can actually be at understanding our personalities, and the unaccountability of tech companies. Resources https://www.stmarys-belfast.ac.uk/general/staff.asp?nq=1&mode=detail&staffid=55 http://smucb.academia.edu/BirgitSchippers Music by Just Jim – https://soundcloud.com/justjim If you enjoyed what you read […]

The DUP Dark Money Explained

The mysterious Constitutional Research Council (CRC) was confirmed in February to have donated £435,000 to the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party), of which they routed £425,000 into pro-Brexit ads in London. This spending included a £282,000 advert reading “Take Back Control – Vote To Leave” in the Metro and almost £100,000 worth of campaign merchandise. The donation was made through Northern […]

Twitter Is Not A Neutral Arbiter Of Information

With all the accusations of Twitters’ role in far-right ideas promulgating online and the use of bots to push hashtags up the agenda, we wanted to take a closer look at how Twitter has been reacting to calls for the social media giant to take a larger role in preventing their platform being used for […]

Chatter Episode 33 – Bret Schafer on The Weaponisation Of Information and Social Media

Bret Schafer from the Alliance for Securing Democracy was our guest on today’s show. They are currently trying to understand how to combat any future attempts by foreign or domestic bad actors to hijack or disrupt democratic elections or influence political conversations online. They aren’t interested in contesting what has gone on during elections over […]

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