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08
DEC
2020

Caolan Robertson - Part 3 of 3. What Next? A Conversation about Addressing ‘Fake News’ in the Future

The final conversation with Caolan is a conversation about solutions, and about the future. Caolan has a unique perspective on how the right-wing media operates and what has made it so successful, in this episode we discuss the complexity of working to address disinformation, ‘fake news’ and hate speech online. This episode looks at what Caolan is working on right now, and what he thinks may be effective in responding to and weakening right-wing narrative manipulation occurring in South Africa.

Caolan Robertson: Former Far-Right Movie Producer, Currently Director at ByLine Times
Adam Armstrong: Project Head - Digital Narrative Manipulation, Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change
08
DEC
2020

Caolan Robertson - Part 2 of 3. A Journey Into and Out of the ‘Far Right’

In this episode Coalan discusses his journey into the ‘far right’, as well as his decision to leave. Coalan worked with a number of the leading figures in the alt-right media space, including Lauren Southern, Alex Jones, Mike Cernovich, Milo Yiannopoulos, Roger Stone, Tommy Robinson and Stefan Molyneux. The content that he created resulted in hundreds of millions of views, and over time he became disillusioned with those in the far-right media space. In this interview Caolan discusses his reasons for entering the right, as well as his reasons for leaving.
08
DEC
2020

Caolan Robertson - Part 1 of 3. farmlands - The Making of a Misleading ‘Documentary’

Caolan Robertson (pronounced “kay-lin) was one of the central figures in making right-wing politics mainstream, he worked with people like Tommy Robinson and helped them move from ‘fringe’ to mainstream political commentators. Caolan has since distanced himself from right-wing politics and is now working for ByLine Times. He now works to undo the work he did before. Caolan is going to be interviewed in a feature piece in the New York Times in the next few months. This interview that Caolan did exclusively with the CABC is one of his first public appearances since leaving the right-wing political media space.

Lauren Southern’s 2018 documentary ‘Farmlands’ is the most-watched documentary on the white-genocide narrative in South Africa. Caolan Robertson, and his partner George Llewelyn-John, produced, wrote and filmed Farmlands (and Borderless) with Lauren Southern. In this episode Caolan explains how Farmlands was filmed, and the ideas behind the documentary. Caolan discusses his discomfort with the film and the fact that even though they knew during filming that there was no white genocide taking place in South Africa, that argument runs throughout the film.
19
OCT
2020

Jean Le Roux Expose - Part 3 of 3. Fake News – Not Just an American Problem!

This is the 3rd episode in the 3-part series recorded with Jean Le Roux, a Research Associate at the Digital Forensic Research Lab. In this episode Jean explains what misinformation and disinformation mean for us as South Africans, he explains how it is that ‘fake news’ affects us here in southern Africa and what we can do to address this and to keep ourselves safe from coordinated disinformation campaigns. Jean also explains the important work of the Digital Forensic Research Lab, and how they endeavour to make the internet safer and more honest.
19
OCT
2020

Jean Le Roux Expose - Part 2 of 3. Guptabots and Disinformation in South Africa


This episode, the 2nd in a special three-part series with Jean Le Roux, Adam and Jean discuss Jean’s career trajectory, how he went from a qualified lawyer to forensic analyst to digital detective. Jean’s story starts with his seeing journalist being attacked online in November 2015, the journalist was being challenged online for exposing possible corruption involving then-President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family. Jean realised that he had found the coordinated disinformation being run by the ‘Guptabots’; his research became instrumental in exposing the White Monopoly Capital narrative – one of the first large-scale disinformation campaigns run on Twitter in South Africa.
19
OCT
2020

Jean Le Roux Expose - Part 1 of 3. Who is @uLerato_pillay?

In this episode Adam Armstrong speaks to Jean Le Roux, a Research Associate at Digital Forensic Research Lab, about Jean Le Roux’s recent article, in which Jean and the DFLR reveal the real-world identity of a Twitter user that has been driving the xenophobic #PutSouthAfricansFirst campaign in South Africa. Jean revealed that the Twitter user @uLerato_pillay is in actual fact a disgraced South African Soldier, Sifiso J. Gwala. In this episode, the first of three with Jean, the techniques Jean used to ‘unmask’ Sifiso Gwala are discussed, as is the nature of the #PutSouthAfricanFirst campaign.

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