Attention Control with Kevin Newman

Attention Control with Kevin Newman

Can democracy survive in the age of social media? “Attention Control with Kevin Newman” is a ground-breaking investigative podcast that will delve into the impact of fake news, where it comes from and how it affects voters. Every week during Canada’s federal election campaign, we will bring listeners data-driven investigations that will help separate fact from fiction, as well as timely, in-depth interviews with insiders from the tech industry and their critics.... Show More

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September 16, 2019 33 min

Test one, two, three.. Today Attention Control heads to Elections Canada HQ where Kevin talks to Stéphane Perrault, the Chief Electoral Officer. They talk about data security and election interference. Then we hear from Ben Scott, who worked for Hillary Clinton as lead technology advisor. As you might expect, Ben has some regrets and some advice for Canada. 

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September 12, 2019 37 min

It's official: the writ has dropped. Canada's election is underway. In this AC extra, we sit down with former RIM CEO Jim Balsillie to talk politics and big data. Jim warns us that our democracy is at risk and that social media is in large part to blame. He claims that the business models that underpin today's tech giants have little regard for our civic process. They are designed to maximize profit and to please adv... Read more

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September 9, 2019 38 min

AC investigative correspondent Francesca Fionda returns with another important investigative story: this time, the breach of your personal health data. We follow Francesca to a Vancouver rooftop where she intercepts code sent between ambulances and hospitals; code that contains sensitive information like patient room numbers, active injuries and more. We also meet a future pod regular, McGill researcher Taylor Owen, who wonders ... Read more

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September 2, 2019 29 min

In the premiere episode of Attention Control with Kevin Newman, Kevin begins his deep dive into the hidden efforts to capture our attention — tactics that are often unseen and little understood. Kevin talks to CTV National News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa Laflamme about the challenges online misinformation poses for journalists covering the election campaign and for Canadians trying to identify fake news. AC inv... Read more

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Attention Control is a new podcast covering the 2019 Canadian federal election through original news and investigative reporting. It is hosted by Emmy-Award-winning journalist Kevin Newman. In episode zero, Kevin Newman explains why he thinks the digital campaigns that will be waged to sway our votes could be the big election story in the coming months.

 

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