16 episodes

Can democracy survive in the age of social media? “Attention Control with Kevin Newman” is a ground-breaking investigative podcast that will delve into the impact of fake news, where it comes from and how it affects voters. Every week during Canada’s federal election campaign, we will bring listeners data-driven investigations that will help separate fact from fiction, as well as timely, in-depth interviews with insiders from the tech industry and their critics.

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Can democracy survive in the age of social media? “Attention Control with Kevin Newman” is a ground-breaking investigative podcast that will delve into the impact of fake news, where it comes from and how it affects voters. Every week during Canada’s federal election campaign, we will bring listeners data-driven investigations that will help separate fact from fiction, as well as timely, in-depth interviews with insiders from the tech industry and their critics.

    Introducing "Big Tech"

    Introducing "Big Tech"

    Big Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that explores how emerging technologies are reshaping the world as we know it. Co-hosts David Skok and Taylor Owen, an AC regular, sit down with leading scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs, to discuss technology's impact on society - for better or worse. 

    Season 2 is available now.

     

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    • 2 min
    The History of Misinformation

    The History of Misinformation

    In our series wrap, we trace the history of fake news. We start in 15th century Europe and end in the here and now. We talk to Dr. Jacob Soll who says that the cure to misinformation is more journalism. Society needs what it lost years ago: a strong fourth estate with a local presence. 

     

    Sources: Quartz, CNN, Fox News

    • 28 min
    Digital governance: where does Canada stand?

    Digital governance: where does Canada stand?

    This episode, we talk to Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith about platforms and privacy - about whether his government will stand-up to big tech. We also talk to friend-of-the-pod, Taylor Owen about the rise of the so-called “splinternet”, a world wide web that looks different depending upon your zip code.

    • 33 min
    Election 43: how did we fare and where do we go from here?

    Election 43: how did we fare and where do we go from here?

    Forty days later and the ballots are in: Canada will be helmed by a Liberal minority. In this episode, we look back at those forty days and ask -- how did we do in this age of disinformation? Did our institutions weather the storms? McGill’s Taylor Owen gives us his take of the election campaign. We then speak to Farhaan Ladhani of Digital Public Square who has an idea of where engaged citizens need to go next. 

    • 28 min
    Patents over plants: the intangible economy

    Patents over plants: the intangible economy

    This episode, we break down the rising “intangible economy”, what our guest Jim Balsillie says is our shared future. We learn what it is, what it values and who it rewards. We also visit StatsCanada and discover why the race to regulate is so fierce. We do what’s never been done before and put a price on Canadian data... The number is big. 

    • 33 min
    Our brains on Facebook

    Our brains on Facebook

    We’ve all heard about the impact Facebook had on the 2016 US election — but how much do we really know about what was going on? In this episode we talk to people at the centre of the 2016 Cambridge Analytica scandal and ask if psychological profiling really works. And if voters in Canada are being targeted. We also look at the darker side of online targeting —the thousands of abusive tweets hurled at women and candidates of colour and how it impacts our democracy. 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Squishy37472819 ,

Informative

Kevin does a great job interviewing, analyzing, and reporting on important issues and topcics. Very informative and highly recommend.

A_L[369963] ,

Unique, Succinct, Cutting, Uncompromised

Listen to this podcast.

Kevin’s experience of over 30 years of journalism shows. He has curated top tier guests to discuss a critical aspect of our lives.

If you care about protecting your identity and your way of life, in an ever digitized and complex world, this podcast is for you.

Tackling a shadowy leviathan is never easy, though Attention Control is grounded and strays from the usual ‘paralysis by fear’ theme when addressing this issue.

You will not find insights like these on any other medium. Fantastic.

Rdy4Chg ,

Top-Notch Effort

Expected a quality product and was not disappointed. Can always count on Kevin Newman to deliver. These podcasts are informative, intriguing and alarming. Definitely worth a listen/share!

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