Chatter Episode 50 – Dr Birgit Schippers on Big Tech, Mass Surveillance, and the Power of AI

Dr Birgit Schippers of St. Marys University College Belfast was our guest on today’s show. We discussed the role out of facial recognition software, how effective AI can actually be at understanding our personalities, and the unaccountability of tech companies. Resources Music by Just Jim – https://soundcloud.com/justjim If you enjoyed what you read here you […]

The DUP Dark Money Explained

The mysterious Constitutional Research Council (CRC) was confirmed in February to have donated £435,000 to the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party), of which they routed £425,000 into pro-Brexit ads in London. This spending included a £282,000 advert reading “Take Back Control – Vote To Leave” in the Metro and almost £100,000 worth of campaign merchandise. The donation was made through Northern […]

Twitter Is Not A Neutral Arbiter Of Information

With all the accusations of Twitters’ role in far-right ideas promulgating online and the use of bots to push hashtags up the agenda, we wanted to take a closer look at how Twitter has been reacting to calls for the social media giant to take a larger role in preventing their platform being used for […]

Who Are AggregateIQ

The tiny British Columbia-based marketing company are credited by some as being the reason for the success of the Brexit campaign. Having received more than £4 million for their work on the campaign, they were responsible for around half the spending of the campaign groups on the Leave side, and yet very little is known about them. […]