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Episode 40: Maria Ressa

The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

Release Date: 12/07/2020

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

This week Damian Collins MP speaks to two organisations helping to improve media literacy by giving readers the tools to help navigate away from fake news. Andy Parsons is the Director of the Adobe Content Authenticity initiative and Anna-Sophie Harling is the Managing Director in Europe of Newsguard, who publish trust ratings for thousands of websites. Dr Charles Kriel discusses the worrying trend of vaccine hesitancy amongst health care workers because of disinformation.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

For this special 50th episode, Damian Collins MP is joined by Senator Mark Warner. Chair of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Warner has been one of the leading voices in the campaign to address social media regulation and fight against disinformation. He is currently the sponsoring the new Safe Tech Act legislation in the US. Dr Charles Kriel joins to reflect on 50 episodes of Infotagion. This special episode was recorded at Voxpod studio in London www.voxpod.studio

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

In recent years we’ve seen social media platforms abused to execute campaigns of genocide, lynchings and an attempted insurrection in Washington D.C. Whilst people enjoy the right of free speech, incitement to commit an illegal act is an offence. But is the law adequately defined for the digital age? Damian Collins MP is joined by Professor Richard Wilson from the University of Connecticut School of Law, the author of 11 books on international human rights.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

There’s a growing problem with racism and hate speech on social media, corresponding directly with a rise in reported hate crime. Sports people and celebrities are particular targets. Damian Collins MP is joined by the Chair of the Kick it Out campaign, Sanjay Bhandari, and Charlie Brooks, Director of Communications at Manchester United to discuss. Dr Charles Kriel (whose version of football is done with a helmet) joins.

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Episode 47: Anne Webster, Bonita Mersiades and Matt Nguyen show art Episode 47: Anne Webster, Bonita Mersiades and Matt Nguyen

The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

In recent days, the eyes of the tech world have turned to Australia and its dispute between their government and Facebook, after a new law was passed requiring Google and Facebook to provide financial support to the news industry. Controversially, just before the law passed Facebook removed all Australian news content to put itself outside scope of this new law. Damian Collins MP discusses with Australian MP Anne Webster, anti-corruption campaigner Bonita Mersiades and Matt Nguyen from Reset Australia.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more integral to our lives. Yet concerns have been raised about biases in AI that might promote harmful content or discriminate against people. Washington State has passed a new law requiring independent testing of new APIs for facial recognition technologies. Should this approach be extended to other technologies across the world? Damian Collins MP is joined by Owen Larter, Director of Public Policy for the Office of Responsible AI at Microsoft to discuss.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

In India, riotous mobs acting on disinformation campaigns and rumours on Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have been responsible for many murders and even lynches. Yet the social media companies have done little in response. Damian Collins MP is joined by Dr Shashi Tharoor, former Indian government Minister and Under Secretary General for the UN to discuss. Dr Charles Kriel discusses the brewing privacy wars between Apple and Facebook.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

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 also joins to talk about the implications of both acts for the future of tech regulation in Europe.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

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. Social media disinformation, often from the President, has stoked tensions to fever pitch. What will be the long term impact of so much poison being pumped into the political system in America? Damian Collins MP discusses with Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

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 by Lyric Jain, founder and CEO of Logically, a social enterprise specialising in the use of AI To identify fake news.

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“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 Collins MP. Dr Charles Kriel unpacks the impact of the COVID-19 anti-vaccine movement online as the U.K. is the first to roll out the vaccine.