Grab a coffee and get ready as I take the deep dive with Dr Emma Briant into the dark world of the global influence industry.
Are we doing enough to address the power of the industry? What is its impact?
Dr Briant has been investigating the network of companies that make up the influence industry since well before the Cambridge Analytica scandal and continues to dig into its reach today. Her work and testimony has been fundamental to investigations in the US and the UK and formed the basis of the Emmy-Nominated documentary 'The Great Hack;'
While Brent Allpress was the chief investigator, Dr Briant collaborated on the documentary 'People You May Know' (directors Katharina Gellein Viken & Dr Charles Kriel), a shocking investigation into how apps were used to gather information from Christian communities in order to target persuadable voters for the Trump 2020 and GOP campaigns.
She offers suggestions on how we can deal with the influence industry: the way forward involves policy-makers and citizens in an effort to protect our democratic states.
For some extra info on Dr Briant and her work, have a look at CTP Notes:
Many thanks to Davide Cortese, senior researcher at CTP!
CTP thanks Bensound for the musical accompaniment.