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A fortnightly podcast from Little Atoms which looks at how technology will affect politics in the future. Like Tomorrow's World but for Westminster. Hosted by @tannerjc who is joined by a range of experts he's not fed up of yet.




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Government vs The Robots Little Atoms / Jonathan Tanner

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A fortnightly podcast from Little Atoms which looks at how technology will affect politics in the future. Like Tomorrow's World but for Westminster. Hosted by @tannerjc who is joined by a range of experts he's not fed up of yet.




Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

    The news on The News

    The news on The News

    Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism joins Jonathan this week to chat through some of the challenges facing media creators and consumers.
     
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    Talking Telengana

    Talking Telengana

    Tackling misinformation in India is the subject of enquiry this week as Jonathan is joined by Rema Rajeshwari, District Police Chief in Telengana State. Rema has used a series of innovative approaches to prevent crimes such as mob violence which had been driven by false Whats App rumours. The episode also covers the pace of digital transformation in India and the rise of cybercrime.
     
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    • 33 min
    Artificial Journalists

    Artificial Journalists

    This week we take a look at disinformation in the Middle East with Marc Owen Jones. Marc talks us through how he found fake journalists writing for US news sites, explains some of the disinformation he's seen put to use by countries like Saudi Arabia and gives the lowdown on which Twitterstorms it is really worth paying attention to.
     
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    Haters gonna...coin it?

    Haters gonna...coin it?

    Jonathan is joined this week by Imran Ahmed, Chief Executive of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate. Imran sets out the relationship between disinformation and hate speech, picks apart why the financial architecture of fake news could be its achilles heel and leaves major social media companies nowhere to hide when it comes to calling out bad behaviour.
     
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    Polls apart

    Polls apart

    How do we get better at agreeing to disagree? Jonathan talks to Alison Goldsworthy, Founder and CEO at The Depolarisation Project hosted at Stanford University to talk about what's driving polarisation in society and what we can do about. Taking a breather from in-depth analysis of disinformation they cover business case for polarisation, the role of fundraising and campaign professionals in contributing to the problem and Jonathan gets called out for mocking a well known politician.....
     
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    • 45 min
    True or False

    True or False

    What can a former CIA analyst teach us about misinformation? Find out in this week's episode with Cindy Otis who spent ten years working for the US Government's Central Intelligence Agency. Jonathan and Cindy discuss her new book 'True or False' and explore the history of disinformation, asking why it's often been used to harden racist sentiment and drive marginalisation. As well as looking at the past they also discuss the present and the possibility of hidden dimensions to modern protests and how to get under the skin of disinformation networks.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

josefbdis ,

Essential questions

This is an essential series. It manages to make difficult questions about society and technology accessible and should be required listening for people who care about politics

PG1906 ,

Yes! It’s time for action on social care

I listened to the podcast about online petitions and social media followed by guest Ben Maruthappu. It seems may be the crises in social care hasn’t gone unnoticed, particularly by people who may be in a position to do something and who care. What a relief to hear about care workers being paid above the minimum wage. There are 996 health related campaigns on 38 degrees. What’s the likelihood they are all arguing for their thing to be a priority ie to be funded. Is the online petition just another easy populist fix - tick the box because you can, and it’s easy and you will feel like you have done something?
Much harder is the task that Ben Maruthappu is championing. We need a difficult national conversation about what matters and how we get there. Can the robots help? I am left feeling hopeful. Thank you.

JohnH62 ,

Fascinating

As a cyclist and motorcyclist (and car driver) I'm very interested in the impact (slight pun intended) the introduction of driverless cars could have. A very interesting and informative discussion from both the political and technical perspective.

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