This episode, I talk with Carl Miller, the Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, the first UK think tank institute dedicated to studying the digital world.
Central to our enquiry is how digital tools are being harnessed during this time of physical social distancing. We ask what potential impact do our online behaviours have on our social and business lives, our personal privacy and human rights?
We also explore what we can do to reduce the spread of misinformation (and why our parents seem to be particularly susceptible), and the principles we could apply to engage with social media and news in a supportive way that benefits (rather than undermines) our mental and emotional health.
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Recorded on the 19th March.
For the past nine years, Carl has been Research Director at Demos, building new machine learning-driven approaches to robustly study online life and has written over 20 major studies spanning online electoral interference, radicalisation, digital politics, conspiracy theories, cyber-crime, and Internet governance.
His debut book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab was published in 2018 by Penguin Random House, and won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He presents programmes for the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click and has written for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian.
Carl is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, a Fellow at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, an Associate of the Imperial War Museum and a member of the Society Board of the British Computing Society.