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Bret Schafer on The Weaponisation Of Information and Social Media

Bret Schafer from the Alliance for Securing Democracy was our guest on today’s show. They are currently trying to understand how to combat any future attempts by foreign or domestic bad actors to hijack or disrupt democratic elections or influence political conversations online. They aren’t interested in contesting what has gone on during elections over the past few years, rather they want to understand how to combat the weaponisation of information online in order to order to preserve the...

Duration: 00:51:20

Jamie Pow on Northern Slant and a Citizens Assembly For Northern Ireland

Jamie Pow, editor of Northern Slant, was our guest on today's show. Jamie works as a researcher at Queen's University Belfast and has been looking at ways in which Northern Ireland could use a Citizens' Assembly to move forward with political issues that politicians seem unable to solve. We talked all about the way in which a Citizens' Assembly would work in Northern Ireland, as well as the Irish Border issue and Brexit. Resources

Duration: 01:03:22

Tatton Spiller On Brexit, The Motivations of Politicians, and Simple Politics

Tatton Spiller of Simple Politics was our guest on today's show. Tatton is a former teacher, who also spent time working in Parliament, and he founded Simple Politics to help people who were interested in politics (but maybe didn't understand what was going on) to get a grounding on the issues of the day. We talked all about Brexit, whether facts matter anymore, the Irish Border, and the true motivations of politicians. Resources

Duration: 01:12:00

Daz on Skank FM and How Technology Has Changed The Music Industry

Daz from Skank FM was our guest on Today's show. Skank FM was the first independent underground radio station to pop up in Belfast a few years ago, before Belfast Underground Radio, and Daz has been running it since the very beginning. We chatted all about how the music industry has developed through his life as a DJ and producer and how Skank FM grew from a West Belfast garage to their own studio! Resources

Duration: 01:01:40

Carrick Flynn on Legislating For Artificial Intelligence

Carrick Flynn from The Future of Humanity Institute was our guest on today's show. The Future of Humanity Institute is run by Nick Bostrom and Carrick is involved in their work on AI (Artificial Intelligence) governance and policy-making. Essentially, that means he is attempting to propose frameworks through which we could safely produce AI for the common good of humanity. We spoke all about the fears and potential for AI and how it could destroy or revolutionise our world. Resources...

Duration: 00:50:16

Annabel Mullin on Advance and Reforming The UK Political System

Annabel Mullin of Advance was our guest on today's show. Advance is a brand new political party formed out of the ashes of the Grenfell disaster that will attempt to show people that there is another way, that politicians need not be corrupt and incompetent and that government (local and national) can work for everyone in society. We spoke about voting reform, Brexit negotiations, the plague of incompetent politicians that have descended upon governments around the world, and how we should...

Duration: 00:59:36

Denis Campbell On Preventing The Normalisation Of President Trump

Denis Campbell, editor of UK Progressive was our guest on today’s show. Denis is host of The Three Muckrakers podcast and author of the new book, Donald Trump Deplorable Bully, which is dedicated to documenting the Presidency of Donald Trump in an effort to prevent normalisation of his conduct in the White House. We also spoke about Brexit negotiations and Theresa May’s chaotic government. Resources

Duration: 00:58:20

Harry Baker on Slam Poetry and Mathematics

Former world champion slam poet Harry Baker was the guest on today’s show. He first discovered Poetry Slams at school and won his first contest combining a love of mathematics and words in a prime number themed love story. We talked all about his journey as a poet from his first slam all the way to the world championships, his love of maths, and how to recite pi to 51 digits… Resources

Duration: 00:57:01

Red Pepper Magazine and Socialism’s Resurgence Within The Labour Party

Ruairidh and Elena from Red Pepper Magazine were our guests on this show. The Labour Party has undergone a fairly rapid transformation over the past two years, with the left of the party taking back a lot of control. We chatted about the journey from Ed Miliband to Jeremy Corbyn, what it is like being a socialist magazine with Corbyn as Labour leader, and what the future holds for the Labour party. Resources

Duration: 01:14:18

Francesca Lake On Open Access Journals and The Future of Scientific Research

Francesca Lake of Future Science Group was the guest on today’s show. She is the editor of their biomedical open access journal and was keen to talk to us about Open Access week that is taking place around the world this week! Open Access is the idea that all scientific journals should be open source and freely available for everyone to read and absorb. We talked about Open Access week and all sorts of biomedical research including 3-D printed organs, animal testing, cancer, and...

Duration: 01:00:06

Richard Barbrook On Digital Democracy and The Labour Party

Richard Barbrook was our guest on today’s show. He is about to begin some work with the Labour party on digital democracy and large-scale, crowd-sourced policy making. We chatted all about digital democracy, the Labour party, the general election, Jeremy Corbyn, Brexit, and much more! Resources

Duration: 01:32:27

Brendan Harkin and Nathan Stewart On The Future Of Northern Irish Politics

Brendan Harkin and Nathan Stewart of Fly By Those Nets were our joint guests on today’s show. Fly By Those Nets is a Northern Irish politics commentary, analysis, and opinion site founded by Nathan and Brendan as a way to build a platform for activism. We spent our time discussing Northern Irish politics, the DUP, Brexit, and the future of Northern Ireland! Music by Just Jim - If...

Duration: 01:08:30

Luke Belvedere On Getting Paid As Musician In 2017

Our guest on today's show was L.T. Belvedere, a blues singer-songwriter. We talked all about the challenges of getting paid as a modern musician, whether technology and platforms like YouTube and Patreon have helped at all, and what you are paying for when you hire a musician. Music by Just Jim - If you enjoyed what you read here you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date with everything...

Duration: 01:04:27

Harry Fone On Libertarianism and The UK Libertarian Party

Harry Fone of the UK Libertarian Party was our guest on today's show. We talked all about what the Libertarian Party in the UK stands for, how it differs from it's US counterpart, and Libertarian stances on a lot of issues in our modern political discourse. Resources Music by Just Jim - If you enjoyed what you read here you can follow us on...

Duration: 01:04:38

Dr Katy Hayward on Brexit and The Irish Border

Dr Katy Hayward was our guest on this show. She has written extensively about the difficulties surrounding the Irish border issue in the Brexit negotiations. We were keen to get her on to discuss these difficulties, how the British and Irish governments have handled the issue, and the potential for technology to provide a form of solution. Sponsor Resources...

Duration: 01:03:48

Sam Ancliff On The Conservative Party Conference 2017

Sam Ancliff of Activate was the guest on today's podcast. We wanted to get Sam back on to discuss the Conservative Party Conference, the fringe events going on as well as the headline speeches, the tuitions fees freeze, the moral argument for free markets, Amber Rudd, Boris Johnson, and Theresa May's closing speech. Resources

Duration: 01:08:04

Lisa-Maria Neudert On How Bots Are Influencing Election

Lisa-Maria Neudert of the Computational Propaganda Project was our guest for today's show. The Computational Propaganda Project is a research group that has spent the last year looking at the way bots on social media and “junk news" (aka fake news) have affected and attempted to influence elections in Germany, France, the US, and the UK. Sadly she only had half an hour to talk, but the short conversation that we had was fascinating. We got talking about the influence bots can have on...

Duration: 00:27:24

Callum Curry On Sussd and Life As An Entrepreneur In Northern Ireland

Callum Curry was the guest on today's show ahead of the launch of his new polling company, Sussd. Sussd is a locally driven community polling platform that will allow people to give opinions on how local issues are being dealt with and give them the chance to impact real change in their community. We talked all about his app, his experience as an entrepreneur in Northern Ireland, the idea of Universal Basic Income, and the future of work. Sponsor...

Duration: 00:59:57

Bret Weinstein On The Evolutionary Implications Of Technology And Modern Society

Today's guest is Bret Weinstein. Bret is a former Evergreen State College Professor at the centre of a massive lawsuit (which he has just won) surrounding a day of absence at the University, which you can read more about below. We got into numerous fascinating discussions about the nature and problems with the extreme left-right divide, the evolutionary implications of technology and modern society, the evolutionary reasons for both racism and multi-culturalism, and how we solve the...

Duration: 01:33:13

Matthew Fulton and Scott Moore On Progressive Politics Northern Ireland

The co-founders of Progressive Politics Northern Ireland, Matthew Fulton and Scott Moore, were our joint guests on the latest episode of Chatter. They founded the movement in the wake of the RHI scandal (Renewable Heating Incentive) in order to promote progressive ideals in Northern Ireland and fight to ensure Northern Ireland gets equal marriage rights, the same abortion rights as the rest of the UK, and oppose regressive political policies. SPONSORS Beer52 £10 Off Win A £500 Amazon...

Duration: 01:07:12

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