Welcome to SmidgeCast, the podcast channel of the SMIDGE Project. We explore the surge of extremist narratives in Europe and their impact on mainstream discussions. We will focus on middle-aged individuals who, not being digital natives, rely on traditional and online media, making them susceptible to extremism. In each engaging episode, we bring together experts, academics and stakeholders to explain the intricate web of issues impacting this group. Through insightful conversations and expert perspectives, SmidgeCast aligns with the goals of the Smidge Project: counteract misinformation, foster critical thinking and uphold democratic values. Stay informed, stay resilient. #SmidgeCast #Disinformation


May 2, 2024 21 mins

Researchers Maria Rita Bracchini and Fabrizio Boldrini from Fondazione Villa Montesca discuss the profound implications of AI on teaching and learning, exploring its potential benefits, risks and ethical considerations. They share insights on how AI is reshaping educational paradigms and how educators can navigate the challenges posed by disinformation, conspiracy theories and online extremism.

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In this episode of the Smidgecast, Sara Wilford from Montfort University discusses the vulnerability of middle-aged individuals to misinformation and the impact of the digital landscape on their information consumption. The theory of deep state is explored as an example of a conspiracy theory that resonates with middle-aged individuals and influences their political beliefs. Join us for an engaging discussion on the complexities of...

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In this first episode of SmidgeCast, Prof. Giovanni Ziccardi provides a comprehensive overview of the SMIDGE project, and explains the pressing need to combat disinformation, conspiracy theories and online extremism in today’s complex landscape. If you found this episode informative, please share it to support our mission.

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