The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP
Welcome to the Infotagion podcast, the vaccine to disinformation. Hosted by Damian Collins MP, co-founder of Infotagion and former chair of the House Of Commons select committee for Digital Culture, Media, and Sport.
info_outline Jamie Susskind: author of The Digital Republic 06/22/2022
Jamie Susskind: author of The Digital Republic We are joined by Jamie Susskind, author of the new book The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century and fellow at The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. The Digital Republic is out now on Bloomsbury Publishing @jamiesusskind
info_outline Brandon Silverman of Crowdtangle 06/17/2022
Brandon Silverman of Crowdtangle Joining us on the first episode of season three is Brandon Silverman, the founder and former CEO of Crowdtangle discussing the the future of news media on social media. We are also joined by regular contributor, filmmaker and disinformation analyst Charles Kriel.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: the Big Tech platforms 03/04/2022
Online Safety Bill special series: the Big Tech platforms What actions are the Big Tech platforms taking to protect users from online harms and from censorship? How are they balancing user safety with their business interests? And why do we need an Online Safety Bill to hold them accountable to it? In this special episode, Damian Collins MP looks back at when Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and TikTok gave evidence to Parliament, followed by a discussion with Darren Jones MP. UK Parliament Disclaimer: this e-mail is confidential to the intended recipient. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender and delete it from your system. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, or copying is not permitted. This e-mail has been checked for viruses, but no liability is accepted for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this e-mail. This e-mail address is not secure, is not encrypted and should not be used for sensitive data.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Maria Ressa 02/25/2022
Online Safety Bill special series: Maria Ressa How do you balance freedom of expression with the need to safeguard people from online harms? What role can journalism play to step the tide of online disinformation? And how do you protect journalists, who are attacked and censored online for doing their job and holding truth to power? In this Online Safety Bill special series, Damian Collins MP looks back on the evidence Nobel Peace Prize Maria Ressa provided to the Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill, followed by a discussion with fellow Committee member Lord (Guy) Black of Brentwood.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Frances Haugen & Debbie Abrahams MP 02/18/2022
Online Safety Bill special series: Frances Haugen & Debbie Abrahams MP Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen gives her explosive evidence on damaging practices at the company to the Joint Committee examining the U.Ks Online Safety Bill. Damian Collins MP is joined by Debbie Abrahams MP to unpack.
info_outline Inside Europe: Bulgaria with Kalina Bontcheva and Angel Petrov 12/17/2021
Inside Europe: Bulgaria with Kalina Bontcheva and Angel Petrov For the eighth episode in the Inside Europe series, Damian Collins MP speaks with University of Sheffield Professor Kalina Bontcheva and Dnevnik journalist Angel Petrov to discuss the recent elections in Bulgaria and threat of disinformation to the Balkans.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Martin Lewis, Sophie Zhang, UK regulators and City of London Police 11/12/2021
Online Safety Bill special series: Martin Lewis, Sophie Zhang, UK regulators and City of London Police
info_outline Inside Europe: Greece with Antonis Klapsis and Georgios Samaras 11/05/2021
Inside Europe: Greece with Antonis Klapsis and Georgios Samaras 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.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Laura Edelson, Renée diResta and Guillaume Chaslot 10/25/2021
Online Safety Bill special series: Laura Edelson, Renée diResta and Guillaume Chaslot 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.
info_outline Inside Europe: Italy with Jacopo Jacoboni, Alex Orlowski, and Damian Tambini 10/14/2021
Inside Europe: Italy with Jacopo Jacoboni, Alex Orlowski, and Damian Tambini 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.
info_outline Inside Europe: France with Théophile Lenoir and Rudy Reichstadt 10/09/2021
Inside Europe: France with Théophile Lenoir and Rudy Reichstadt 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.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Jimmy Wales and Elizabeth Denham 09/30/2021
Online Safety Bill special series: Jimmy Wales and Elizabeth Denham 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.
info_outline Inside Europe: Scandinavia with Jonas Parello-Plesner 09/30/2021
Inside Europe: Scandinavia with Jonas Parello-Plesner 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.
info_outline Inside Europe: Poland with Nina Jankowicz and Anna Wojcik 09/24/2021
Inside Europe: Poland with Nina Jankowicz and Anna Wojcik 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.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Ian Russell, Izzy Wick, Nina Jankowicz, Clare Pelham and Matt Harrison 09/21/2021
Online Safety Bill special series: Ian Russell, Izzy Wick, Nina Jankowicz, Clare Pelham and Matt Harrison 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.
info_outline Inside Europe: Germany with Karolin Schwarz, Felix Kartte, and Lisa-Maria Neudert 09/17/2021
Inside Europe: Germany with Karolin Schwarz, Felix Kartte, and Lisa-Maria Neudert 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.
info_outline Online Safety Bill special series: Rio Ferdinand, Imran Ahmed, Sanjay Bhandari, Edleen John 09/13/2021
Online Safety Bill special series: Rio Ferdinand, Imran Ahmed, Sanjay Bhandari, Edleen John Is the Online Safety Bill fit for purpose? The Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill has been appointed to scrutinise this seminal piece of legislation, which will begin its journey into law in 2022. Each week, the Committee will hear from expert witnesses on the implications of the Bill for society. Damian Collins MP, now Chair of the Committee, takes us through some of the evidence heard by the Committee and talks to Members about their personal reflections on the inquiry and the Bill itself.
info_outline Inside Europe: Chris Steele, Anne Applebaum, Phil Howard 09/07/2021
Inside Europe: Chris Steele, Anne Applebaum, Phil Howard Trump-Russia dossier author Chris Steele, historian and writer Anne Applebaum and academic Phil Howard join Damian Collins MP to kick off this special series of Infotagion: Inside Europe. Each week Damian and disinformation expert Dr Charles Kriel will take a deep dive into the role of social media disinformation in the rise of populism across Europe with expert guests.
info_outline Infotagion Special: The IPPR Oxford Media Convention 2021 08/02/2021
Infotagion Special: The IPPR Oxford Media Convention 2021 A special episode of Infotagion recorded from the IPPR Oxford Media Convention 2021 featuring panellists Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University, Ben Scott, Executive Director, Reset, Professor Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex, Dr Charles Kriel, Writer, Filmmaker, Producer; Co-founder of Metrotone Media and chaired by Damian Collins MP.
info_outline Episode 56: Sinan Aral 07/16/2021
Episode 56: Sinan Aral Damian Collins MP picks the brain of Sinan Aral, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and author of the much cited book on the spread of misinformation “Hype Machine.” He talks about what it was like to work directly with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to track down fake news. Dr Charles Kriel joins to discuss the Mayoral election in New York City.
info_outline Episode 55: Matthew d’Ancona 06/25/2021
Episode 55: Matthew d’Ancona Damian Collins MP is joined by author Matthew d’Ancona to discuss identity politics in the digital age, following the publication of his new book Identity, Ignorance, Innovation: Why the old politics is useless - and what to do about it. Dr Charles Kriel joins to discuss the evolution of facist imagery.
info_outline Episode 54: Alliance of Democracies 2021 summit, Copenhagen 06/16/2021
Episode 54: Alliance of Democracies 2021 summit, Copenhagen Damian Collins MP introduces a special panel discussion: “Regulating Social Media and Protecting the public from harm” recorded at the Alliance of Democracies 2021 summit in Copenhagen. Featuring Werner Stengg, Jeremy Wright MP, Tanit Koch, Michael Chertoff and John Samples.
info_outline SEASON 2: Episode 53 Jeremy Wright MP and Bertie Vidgen 06/07/2021
SEASON 2: Episode 53 Jeremy Wright MP and Bertie Vidgen What next for the Online Safety Bill in the U.K.? Damian Collins MP is joined by former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright MP and Bertie Vidgen from the Alan Turing Institute to discuss.
info_outline Episode 52: Shireen Mitchell 04/23/2021
Episode 52: Shireen Mitchell Despite being told as a young girl she shouldn’t go near the digital space, Shireen Mitchell went on to found Digital Sisters and Stop Online Violence Against Women, the first organization dedicated to bringing women and girls of color online. This week she joins Damian Collins MP to discuss the movement she created and her observations on voter suppression on social media during the 2016 election. Dr Charles Kriel talks disinformation in China.
info_outline Episode 51: Andy Parsons and Anna-Sophie Harling 03/19/2021
Episode 51: Andy Parsons and Anna-Sophie Harling 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.
info_outline Episode 50: Senator Mark Warner 03/12/2021
Episode 50: Senator Mark Warner 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
info_outline Episode 49: Richard Wilson 03/09/2021
Episode 49: Richard Wilson 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.
info_outline Episode 48: Sanjay Bhandari and Charlie Brooks 03/04/2021
Episode 48: Sanjay Bhandari and Charlie Brooks 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.