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SMIDGECAST

Welcome to SmidgeCast, the podcast channel of the SMIDGE Project.

We explore the intricate web of issues surrounding the surge of extremist narratives in Europe through insightful conversations and expert perspectives.

EP#1 - Extremism and Conspiracy Theories Online

In the inaugural episode of SmidgeCast, Prof. Giovanni Ziccardi takes center stage, exploring the intricate landscape of the SMIDGE Project's mission against disinformation and online extremism. Delving into the realms of misinformation and conspiracy theories, Prof. Ziccardi discusses their specific impact on middle-aged individuals. The episode offers invaluable insights, providing a roadmap to combat online extremism, especially in the wake of the post-COVID-19 era and the US Capitol attack.

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EP#2 - Extremism, Power, Vulnerability in Midlife

In this episode of the Smidgecast, Sara Wilford from De Montfort University discusses the vulnerability of middle-aged individuals to misinformation and the impact of the digital landscape on their information consumption. Dr. Wilford explains the unique focus of the SMIDGE Project on this demographic group, addressing why it has been historically overlooked in research studies. Through insightful analysis, she uncovers the underlying reasons behind this demographic's susceptibility to online extremism, conspiracy theories and misinformation, emphasizing the urgency of tailored interventions to combat these issues effectively.

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EP #3 - AI in Education for Addressing Intersection with Disinformation, Misinformation and Fake News

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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