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Synthetic Society

Jul 1, 2022

This week Tom Ascott talks to Max Beverton-Palmer,
Director at the Internet Policy Unit at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. The pair discuss the idea of an open internet and how cooperation can secure its future as well as how tech companies should regulate hostile governments and organisations online and finally...

Jun 24, 2022

Welcome back to Season Two of Synthetic Society! To kick us off host Tom Ascott speaks with Nona Willis Aronowitz about femcels. 

FemCels, short for female incels, are women unable or unwilling to have relationships due to a mix of societal pressures and misogyny. 

The conversation draws on Nona's article 'The...

Oct 22, 2021

Kerryn Gammie and Tom Ascott discuss how archaic, colonial power structures have survived and turned into neo-colonialism, and how those structures continue to be pervasive online. 


The pair reflect on ideas of justice, identity and equality and how we can bring these ideas to the world of business to make our work...

Oct 8, 2021

Ben Decker, Founder and CEO of Memetica, talks to host Tom Ascott about the perils of misinformation on social media, if the Taliban should be allowed to have a Twitter account, and what the future of content moderation looks like. 


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Oct 1, 2021

Tom Ascott speaks to Giedrimas Jeglinskas, NATO Assistant Secretary General, and former Vice-Minister of Defence of Lithuania.

The pair discuss what role NATO plays in information ecosystems and how NATO can help combat disinformation, as well as how diversity and inclusion can generate new and creative solutions...