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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.