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A podcast that explores the intersection of anti-vaccine beliefs, technology, and politics. We report on how misinformation, disinformation, and fake news are constructed and how they spread. We talk to researchers to find out how serious the threat of disinformation is, and how politics and politicians use antivaxx-views to score points with voters. We look for examples of people who successfully navigate misinformation. The show is hosted by Eva von Schaper and Daiva Repeckaite, journalists with two decades of reporting experience between them. You can sign up for our weekly newsletter, Inoculated, at www.theinoculation.com. Transcripts are available at www.theinoculation.com.How vaccination went from being a question of science to a question of beliefs and how this change will shape our future. Follow The Inoculation on Twitter at @TInoculation

The Inoculation -- Vaccine Misinformation and Society Daiva Repečkaitė and Eva von Schaper

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A podcast that explores the intersection of anti-vaccine beliefs, technology, and politics. We report on how misinformation, disinformation, and fake news are constructed and how they spread. We talk to researchers to find out how serious the threat of disinformation is, and how politics and politicians use antivaxx-views to score points with voters. We look for examples of people who successfully navigate misinformation. The show is hosted by Eva von Schaper and Daiva Repeckaite, journalists with two decades of reporting experience between them. You can sign up for our weekly newsletter, Inoculated, at www.theinoculation.com. Transcripts are available at www.theinoculation.com.How vaccination went from being a question of science to a question of beliefs and how this change will shape our future. Follow The Inoculation on Twitter at @TInoculation

    As Pandemic Emergency Is Lifted, Have Disinformation Spreaders Moved On?

    As Pandemic Emergency Is Lifted, Have Disinformation Spreaders Moved On?

    The WHO has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. But does it mean that spreaders of pandemic disinformation have dispersed and gone dormant?
    We discuss the persistence of pandemic disinformation with Tommaso Canetta, who works at Pagella Politica/Facta in Italy. He also edits regular fact-checking briefs for the European Digital Media Observatory: https://edmo.eu/fact-checking-briefs/ These briefs compare how much disinformation on the pandemic, climate, and other topics is tackled by fact-checkers in Europe.
    You can find all our past episodes with transcripts here: https://www.theinoculation.com/episodes/ . Please subscribe to this show on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or another platform of your choice. Follow us on Facebook as @theinoculation, on Twitter as @TInoculation, and on Instagram as @the_inoculation.

    • 24 min
    ChatGPT -- What Is It and Should we Be Worried about Generative AI?

    ChatGPT -- What Is It and Should we Be Worried about Generative AI?

    ChatGPT, a user-friendly AI tool that generates text in response to keywords, is expected to cause major disruptions in the media, education, and various creative jobs. In late March, the Italian privacy regulator effectively banned it.
    As societies grapple with the tool’s impact and controversies, we are looking back at our interview with AI researcher Micah Musser, who works at the Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology, and reconsidering his team’s findings regarding AI’s potential to turbocharge disinformation.
    You can find all our past episodes with transcripts here: https://www.theinoculation.com/episodes/ . Please subscribe to this show on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or another platform of your choice. Follow us on Facebook as @theinoculation, on Twitter as @TInoculation, and on Instagram as @the_inoculation.

    • 29 min
    Where is Russian Disinformation Headed?

    Where is Russian Disinformation Headed?

    In this episode, we talked to Christiern Santos Rasmussen about the possible future of Russian disinformation tactics. Together with his team he researched how disinformation actors tweak their message for the countries they operate in. For example, in Poland, claiming that Russia only wants peace would be a hard sell, so these actors double down on anti-EU propaganda.
    You can read more about Seymour Hersh’s allegations on the Nordstream sabotage, mentioned in the episode, in Coda Story’s article: https://www.codastory.com/newsletters/seymour-hersh-nord-stream/ 
    Please subscribe to this show on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or another platform of your choice. Follow us on Facebook as @theinoculation, on Twitter as @TInoculation, and on Instagram as @the_inoculation.

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    Why Did a Vision for a Modern City Turn into a Conspiracy Theory?

    Why Did a Vision for a Modern City Turn into a Conspiracy Theory?

    Being able to reach key facilities, like schools and shops, within 15 minutes, would make city life really comfortable, right? Not if you ask conspiracy theories, mobilizing around the world to blend opposition to the idea of 15-minute cities with anti-vaccination and far-right sentiment. They think that 15-minute cities are all about population control.
     
    In this episode we explore how the protests, online abuse against proponents of the 15-minute city idea, and an explosion of climate deniers’ hashtags illustrate how conspiracies keep reincarnating.
     
    Older episode with Eszter Szenes: https://www.theinoculation.com/are-antivaxxers-more-likely-to-be-pro-putin/

    The Great Reset conspiracy: https://www.isdglobal.org/digital_dispatches/the-great-reset-conspiracy-in-australia/ 
     
    Take-up of the 15 minute city conspiracy in the UK: https://edition.cnn.com/2023/02/26/world/15-minute-cities-conspiracy-theory-climate-intl/index.html 
     
    Far-right presence: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/feb/24/far-right-trying-to-infiltrate-low-traffic-protests-campaigners-warn 
     

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    Why Do Far-Right and Far-Left Parties Benefit from Social Media Algorithms?

    Why Do Far-Right and Far-Left Parties Benefit from Social Media Algorithms?

    How do algorithms facilitate the rise of political fringes in Europe? And what makes it worthy for political opportunists to be radical? We invited Prof. Miguel Poiares Maduro, who has an academic background in law, governance and politics, to reflect on the various threats to democracy from social media, and to zoom in on his home country, Portugal.
    Prof. Poiares Maduro also chairs the executive board of the European Digital Media Observatory, so we asked him about responses to anti-Ukrainian disinformation across the political spectrum. Here are the links to the past episodes mentioned:
    Antivaxxers and pro-Kremlin ideas: https://www.theinoculation.com/are-antivaxxers-more-likely-to-be-pro-putin/
    How the Portuguese far right opposed vaccine mandates and got an electoral boost: https://www.theinoculation.com/portugal-is-europes-vaccine-hero-losing-its-special-balance-allowing-right-wing-parties-to-flourish/
    Ales Herasimenko predicts that antivaxx movements will overflow into political ruptures: https://www.theinoculation.com/the-inoculation-episode-4/ 
    Please subscribe to this show on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or another platform of your choice. Follow us on Facebook as @theinoculation, on Twitter as @TInoculation, and on Instagram as @the_inoculation.

    • 18 min
    The Inoculation’s (AI-Assisted) News Roundup: ChatGPT, Finland and Twitter

    The Inoculation’s (AI-Assisted) News Roundup: ChatGPT, Finland and Twitter

    What are the latest news on disinformation and vaccine hesitancy? We discuss our top picks — and discuss the pros and cons of AI-assisted news review. Here's a link to our earlier episode on ChatGPT: 
    Links to the news discussed:
    https://www.wired.co.uk/article/twitter-sudden-death-vaccine-conspiracies
    https://edmo.eu/2022/12/06/died-suddenly-yet-another-conspiracy-video-about-covid-19-vaccines-reigniting-disinformation-with-the-same-old-hoaxes/
    https://medium.com/dfrlab/how-china-funds-foreign-influence-campaigns-72d547ad0771
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/10/world/europe/finland-misinformation-classes.html 
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-022-02185-4
    https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1878060/insects-in-food-give-rise-to-lithuania-s-latest-wave-of-conspiracy-theories 
    Please subscribe to this show on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or another platform of your choice. Follow us on Facebook as @theinoculation, on Twitter as @TInoculation, and on Instagram as @the_inoculation.

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