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New Episode: Power, Corruption and Lies

The Cyber Hacks Podcast

Our exciting podcast series returns by popular demand! This new episode will once again see our experts investigate emerging cyber threats and new capabilities that are pushing the boundaries of our understanding in the world of cyber security.

We have some great guests lined up who are recognised experts, authors and thought leaders in the space. Together they will explore the cyber security challenges of tomorrow and how we as businesses, government, and society in general can approach them today.

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New Episode: Power, Corruption and Lies

One year on from the Assault on the US Capital we examine the full impact of disinformation and its ability to undermine the world’s most powerful nation state.

In our new exciting episode of Cyber Hacks, Adam Harrison interviews three of the most respected researchers and published authorities on the subject of disinformation, power and the influence of extremist groups. We examine the dynamics between these elements which propelled the events of the 6th Jan, what this means for social media and the residual impact of the events on western democracy.

We will examine the conspiracy narratives and campaigns of extremist groups, the role of disinformation in hybrid warfare and the interplay between their activities and mass political movements. This dynamic is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the world around us. Do societies and businesses really understand the power of social media and its ability to mobilise mass movements. How can we mitigate these risks to our societies, economies and people?

We will be joined by recognised experts, authors, and thought leaders in the field as we explore the cyber security challenges of tomorrow and what that means for security, intelligence and risk professionals today.

Power, Corruption and Lies

Experts Nina Schick, Julia Ebner and Brian Klaas provide insight into the driving force behind the events, including the role of the state to sponsor bad actors and disinformation campaigns which were in support of the Trump campaign.

  • Episode 1 (Part 1): Power, Corruption and Lies – ‘Teetering at the Brink’

     

    In this podcast our experts reflect on the residual effects of the Capitol assault, the role of social media as a catalyst to the events of that day and the lasting impact on US politics. As a bitterly divided America heads towards a fiercely contested presidential election in 2024, what can we expect to see in the disinformation tactics of the campaign?

  • Episode 1 (Part 2): The Infocalypse – ‘Further down the rabbit hole’

     

    In this episode we examine the continued growth of conspiracy narratives and groups within our information ecosystem one year on from the events of the 6th Jan, how their tactics motivate people to commit acts of violence and the role conspiracy theories play in reinforcing confirmation bias within their dystopian world view.

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Guest Speakers

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    Brian Klaas

     

    Brian Klaas earned his DPhil at Oxford, and is now an associate professor of global politics at University College London. He is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Post, host of the award-winning Power Corrupts podcast, and frequent guest on national television.

    Klaas has conducted field research across the globe, interviewing despots, CEOs, torture victims, dissidents, cult leaders, criminals, and everyday power abusers. He has also advised major politicians and organizations including NATO, the European Union, and Amnesty International.

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    Julia Ebner

     

    Julia Ebner is a radicalisation researcher and bestselling writer based in London. She works as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and is completing her DPhil at Oxford University. She has acted as a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank and several security and intelligence agencies.

    Her first book ‘The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism’ (I.B. Tauris, 2017) won the Bruno Kreisky Award for the Political Book of the Year 2018. For her second book ‘Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists’ (Bloomsbury, 2020) Julia went undercover with extremist organisations across the ideological spectrum, including jihadist, white supremacist and misogynist groups. ‘Going Dark’ was an international bestseller and has been translated into seven languages. She regularly writes for newspapers such as The Guardian, Süddeutsche and Washington Post.

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    Nina Schick

     

    Nina is a political commentator, writer and broadcaster, she specialises in how disinformation and technology are reshaping geopolitics and democracy. Nina is on forefront of disruptive politics working on decisive European political campaigns and elections, including the UK’s 2016 EU Referendum, Brexit, and Emmanuel Macron’s successful bid to become French President in 2017.

    She currently works with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark, leading research on next-generation disinformation in the form of AI generated deep fakes. She is an advisor to the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, that seeks to strengthen the Transatlantic Alliance and protect election integrity in a world of increasing foreign interference.

    Nina is a contributor to other international broadcasters including Bloomberg, Sky, BBC, CNBC and ZDF. She is a regular on ‘CNN Talk’ filmed in London and broadcast globally on CNN International.