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Episode 43: Clint Watts

The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

Release Date: 01/14/2021

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The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

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For the seventh episode in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP speaks with Antonis Klapsis (Assistant Professor at University of Peloponnese) and Georgios Samaras (Assistant Lecturer at UCL) to discuss the rise of the extremist politics and the threat social media disinformation poses to the said birthplace of democracy.

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How do user interactions shape content algorithms?  Are vulnerable people being purposefully targeted with harmful content? And how realistic is it that harmful content will be taken down before it causes harm? In this Online Safety Bill special series, Damian Collins MP unpacks the evidence heard from Laura Edelson, Guillaume Chaslot, and Renee diResta followed by a discussion with committee member Lord (Tim) Clement-Jones. 

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For the sixth episode in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP speaks with intelligence expert Alex Orlowski, author Jacopo Jacoboni, and Damian Tambini, Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, to discuss Italian politics and ways in which Russian oligarchs and the American NRA influence the far right.

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For the fifth episode in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP speaks with Theophile Lenoir of Institut Montaigne and Rudy Reichstadt founder of ConspiracyWatch.info to discuss the state of democracy in France and how political parties are taking advantage of the spread of disinformation.

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Why is Wikipedia not in the headlines for causing harm to users like Facebook is? How does a community based approach to content moderation work? What do top academics and the UK’s data regulator, the ICO, think of the draft Online Safety Bill? Damian Collins MP unpacks the evidence heard from Will Perrin, Dr Edina Harbinja, Prof. Clare McGlynn, Sonia Livingstone, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and ICO’s Stephen Bonner.

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For the fourth episode in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP speaks with Jonas Parello-Plesner, Program Director at the Alliance of Democracies in Copenhagen, to look at democracy in Scandinavia and the threat it may come under in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. 

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A state of emergency has been declared in Poland for the first time since 1989. With the freedom of the media under threat, is Poland at risk of losing its democracy? For the third episode in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP unpacks these issues in Poland with author and Director of External Engagement at Aletha Group Nina Jankowicz, and Anna Wojcik fellow of the German Marshall Fund.

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Targetting people living with epilepsy with flashing images online, images of suicide and self-harm and abuse towards women, this week the Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill heard shocking evidence of the real life impact of online harms. Damian Collins MP unpacks the evidence heard from witnesses Ian Russell, Izzy Wick, Nina Jankowicz, Clare Pelham and Matt Harrison with SNP committee member, John Nicholson MP.

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The Federal elections in Germany are fast approaching, the first without Angela Merkel as the lead candidate for the CDU. How has social media shaped the discourse for this poll amid an ongoing pandemic? For the second in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP unpacks these questions with journalist Karolin Schwarz, and academic experts Felix Kartte, and Lisa-Maria Neudert.

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