The Defence and Security Circle (DSC) of the National Liberal Club is based at the Club premises located at Whitehall Place London SW1A 2HE. Due to a decision to grant the DSC in November 2021 funding provided by the Public Diplomacy Division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), we are able to conduct a number of free access events online and in person starting 1 December 2021 under the series title "Focus on Fake".
These online, in person and hybrid sessions (from 15 to 75 minutes duration) deal with the complex and compelling challenges created by disinformation, fake news and hostile state actors. Youth, politicians, media practitioners (from bloggers to vloggers, influencers to mainstream journalists) are all facing pressure from toxic news, overseas troll farms and oppressive narratives that divide communities or cause distress, harm or fear.
In addition to three in person events in London (Wednesday 1 December) , Edinburgh (Monday 6 December) and Manchester (Monday 13 December), we will be showcasing at least eight podcasts and at least four videocasts of 15 to 30 minutes duration. All background and links will be available on this site.
Our program will be delivered between Wednesday 1 and Wednesday 15 December. Content will be held on this site as a legacy of our collaborative venture with NATO. Other content from previous activity and future outreach into 2022 will be added on a progressive basis. Keep coming back to us.
/Our latest podcast from global expert Elisabeth Braw
/For an overview of our 1-15 December Program
For more information, please contact email@example.com
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A summary PDF format document of our program in December 2021
Podcast Below: Samantha North (the digital emigre) on tribal instincts and echo chambers.
A conversation with Professor Minhaaj Rehman on AI, data science and fake news.
Lynne O'Donnell, war reporter and author in conversation with Thomas Clowes-Pritchard from the Pinsker Centre (UK) on all things fake news: "Beyond Cancel Culture and Peak Woke". Recorded 1 December 2021 at the launch of our Focus on Fake program - at the National Liberal Club Whitehall Place London SW1A 2HE
/Georgia Gilholy on China, disinformation and free speech.
/Bernard Salt in conversation: demographer and society critic
/Safeera Ahmed - Digital Ambassador at the University of Edinburgh - on fake news, being a digital native and the emerging platforms shaping our conversations
/Roger Mullin (former SNP MP) looking at the trade offs between privacy and security
/Cate Pye - cyber and digital expert opening our launch event on 1 December 2021.
/Professor Stephen Gethins of St Andrews University on Scotland's frontline status with fake news
Prof Stephen Gethins Overview by Noel Hadjimichael
Prof Stephen Gethins from St Andrews University gives his introductory remarks to the 6 December 2021 event held at COSLA Haymarket Edinburgh on fake news, disinformation and toxic social media. Former SNP MP at Westminster and a leading commentator on Scotland's responsibility to get defence & foreign affairs correct in this age of geopolitical uncertainties.
/Pamela Williamson - Author and Narrative Strategist on Deep Fake and Propaganda
/Saeed Atcha MBE DL - youth, communities on the frontline in the war against fake news.
/From the shadows ... youth speak on fake news and disinformation.
/Dr Michael Ayling - veteran, medical specialist and thinking social media contributor
/Professor Mubin Shaikh on the information revolution and the road to bad narratives
/Anooshe Mushtaq - Business Executive and Counter Violent Extremism advocate
/More from the Shadows ... students speaking out
/some final segments from our “From the Shadows” youth voice to camera work
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United Kingdom and NATO - 1949
The Right Honourable Ernest Bevin, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Today is not only the day of the signature of this pact; it is also a day of solemn thought - and, may I say, of consecration for peace and resistance to aggression.
/The trap of “Us and Them”
/something of interest from the BBC
Would George Orwell have had a smartphone? - BBC Ideas
1 00:00:04:14 00:00:17:10 Caption: George Orwell was one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century. His ninth book, 1984, was published in 1949. It imagines a society controlled by Big Brother where people are monitored and controlled through state surveillance. 2 00:00:19:05 00:00:23:15 Caption: If George Orwell was alive today, would he have a smartphone?
/More than 300 minutes of podcasts and video content funded by NATO Public Diplomacy Division and brought to you by the National Liberal Club’s Defence & Security Circle. Contributors from Australia (such as business consultant Anosshe Mushtaq and demographer Bernard Salt), Canada (Professor Mubin Shaikh), New Zealand (narrative strategist Pamela Williamson), the US (policy thinker Elisabeth Braw) in support of UK based voices such as the students from London’s Brampton Manor Academy London, Saeed Atch MBE DL (CEO of Youth Leads Manchester) and others.
/Amsterdam Academic Stijn Sieckelinck: some positive, courageous and optimistic conclusions about the task ahead to defeat fake news and disinformation.