All Media Reporting

Media Reporting of my research and expert opinion on Media and Communication, Propaganda, Data (mis)use and Information Warfare (2011-2021)

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Below you will find all reviews and media coverage pertaining to my projects and research.


 

2021

 

USA

Research extensively quoted and discussed in “Canada’s Military Is Spying on Canadian Citizens” by Jeremy Appel in Jacobin Magazine on 17th August 2021

 

Canada

Research discussed in “Military propaganda exercise that caused panic about wolves on the loose “lacked oversight” – investigation finds” by David Pugliese in Ottawa Citizen on 12th August 2021

 

USA

Quoted and discussed in “What is Mis/dis and mal-information & what can we do?” by Aaron Drapkin in ProPrivacy on 22nd July 2021

 

USA

Quoted extensively in “The Saudi Expert Who Hides Foreign Funding When Testifying to Congress” by Jonathan Guyer in The American Prospect on 22nd March 2021

 

Canada

Interviewed extensively on Unpublished Ottawa on “UnpublishedTV: Artificial Intelligence In Politics” on 20th February 2021

 

Italy

Interviewed extensively on Coffee Talk Politics Podcast “S2 E17 Dr Emma Briant & the Global Influence Industry” on 13th January 2021.

 

UK

Interviewed extensively by Adam Wagner QC on “43 – Political propaganda, social media and human rights” on Better Human Podcast on 7th February 2021.

 

UK

Interviewed extensively by James Harding, with Bryan Lanza & David Rhodes in “The Trump hangover | The Trump presidency is ending. Except it’s not. What’s happened in the past few years – in the past few weeks – will take years more to fix.” on Tortoise Media, on 20th January 2021.

 

2020

 

UK

Researcher credit on the feature length documentary People You May Know (Trailer) which featured some of my research along with lead researcher for the film Brent Allpress ‘Set in the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, exploring the political alliance between religious fundamentalists, oligarchs, Cambridge Analytica and its shell companies that have fundamentally shifted the balance of politics in the US.’ Released on Amazon Prime 28th September 2020.

 

Canada

Interviewed on Canadian Justice on “Military Propaganda on Canadian Citizens?” on 1st December 2020

 

UK

Interviewed on Damian Collins MP ‘Infotagion’ Podcast Episode 39: Elizabeth Denham, Emma Briant, David Carroll and Chris Vickery on 23rd November 2020.

 

USA

Quoted in “Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Not Banning Steve Bannon in Senate Hearing” by Arturo Garcia, in Truth or Fiction on 17th November 2020.

 

Canada

Interviewed extensively on Unpublished Ottawa “UnpublishedTV–Canada’s Military Propaganda Program” on 16th November 2020

 

Canada

Quoted in “Trudeau gov’t looking to create military propaganda organization to ‘influence’ how Canadians think” in LifeSite on 7th November 2020

 

UK

Quoted in “UK Group Files Lawsuit Over Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Scandal” by Eli Moskowitz, in OCCRP on 29th October 2020.

 

Canada

Research discussed in “Fight the Information War Without Sacrificing Canadian Values” by Dave Scanlon in Ottawa Citizen on 27th October 2020

 

Canada

Discussed on “John Gormley Show” – On Demand CJME / CKOM by John Gormley on 14th October 2020

 

Canada

Interviewed in “Forged letter warning about wolves on the loose part of Canadian Forces propaganda campaign that went awry” in The Chronical Herald by David Pugliese on 14th October 2020

 

Canada

Extensive Reporting in “Canadian military spent more than $1 million on controversial propaganda training linked to Cambridge Analytica parent firm” in Ottawa Citizen by David Pugliese on 13th October 2020

Italy

Quoted in “Bistrattata privacy: ecco come ci siamo arresi alla manipolazione di massa” by Manuel Salvi in Network Digital 360 on Oct 6, 2020

 

USA

Quoted in “Is your local election website as secure as it could be?” by Celisa Calacal in the Kansas City Beacon on 30th September 2020

 

Finland

Quoted Extensively in “Skräddarsydd reklam och höstens amerikanska presidentval” by Hannah Sistek in Forum on 29th September 2020

 

In English I’m quoted saying: “The problem isn’t just lying – fact-checking and removal are of limited effect – what’s really needed is a code of conduct with teeth in a parasitic and ruleless industry …The influence industry gets rich off selling a powerful mythology to governments, oligarchs and politicians around the world – but the practices carry real-world dangers… In life, death and democracy, big decisions are guided by data, surveillant influence has become desirable to abuse. We need to tame the beast.”

 

UK

Interviewed about ‘Snitching’ during Covid-19 on Times Radio by Kait Borsay on 18th September 2020.

 

Denmark

Interviewed in “Trump and his supporters go after mentally unstable Christians,” or in Danish “Trump og hans støtter går efter psykisk ustabile kristne” in Politiken by Jens Bostrup on 12th September 2020.

Denmark

Interviewed in “Intimate data about 80 million Christians can derail elections in the USA” or in Danish “Intime data om 80 millioner kristne kan afspore valg i USA” in Politiken by Jens Bostrup on 12th September 2020.

US

Quoted in “Power Up: What pandemic? Trump’s RNC week comes to an end with maskless crowd at White House” by Jaqueline Alemany in The Washington Post on 28th August 2020

 

US

Interviewed in “GOP convention spins alternate reality with torrent of falsehoods aimed at rebooting Trump’s flagging campaign” in Washington Post by Toluse Olorunnipa on 28 August 2020.

Italy

Quoted in “Lettura della Mente e Lavaggio di Cervello,” by Manuel Salvi in Network Digital 360 on July 7, 2020

Denmark

Interviewed in “Love, contact and big data: That’s why Trump is back on stage” or in Danish, “Kærlighed, kontakt og big data: Derfor er Trump tilbage på scenen” in Politiken by Lina Prasz, on 20th June 2020

 

Brussels

Interviewed extensively on Europe After Coronavirus Podcast on “Disinformation in Europe After COVID-19” on 10th June 2020

 

UK

Interviewed Extensively on Not another Fake News Cast podcast on 20th March 2020.

 

UK

I’m interviewed in an important podcast from Index on Censorship on disinformation and attacks on the media in upcoming elections in Uganda, Serbia and the United States.

Italy

Quoted in “The Bad Boys of Brexit” by Vladimiro Labate in MPT on June 18, 2020.

 

Australia

An Australian podcast The Red Line examined Cambridge Analytica’s unethical campaign in Guyana with Brittany Kaiser who discusses my work here on June 14th 2020

 

Belgium

Interviewed extensively on Open EU Debate podcast on disinformation (and what we do about it!) with Nad’a Kovalcikova, PhD. & Jorge Tuñón Navarro (PhD) – moderator Carlos Carnicero Urabayen and organizer Alvaro Oleart  June 2020

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Italy

Interviewed extensively in “Il bottino dei Big DataReddito di cittadinanza, l’esperta Usa: “Gli italiani dovrebbero essere preoccupati per i loro dati”” by Lidia Baratta on Linkiesta on 21st May 2019

 

Italy

Extensively interviewed in “Citizenship income, the US expert: “Italians should be worried about their data” (“Reddito di Cittadinanza, esperto USA: Gli italiani dovrebbero essere preoccupati per i loro dati”) by Lidia Baratta in The World News on 21st May 2019

 

US

Quoted in “Closing NYC Schools Amid Coronavirus Outbreak a ‘Last Resort,’ Says Official, Due to 114,000 Homeless Students With Nowhere to Go” by Eoin Higgins in Wall Street Window on 11th March 2020

 

France

I’m mentioned in “Big Data, an essential tool for influence: the information warfare methods deployed on the American electorate in 2016″ in  Portail de l’Intelligence Économique by Samuel Limpar on 28th May 2020.

 

USA

Listed in ‘6 Insightful Authors Writing About the Social Sciences‘ at WikiEZVID, by Gregg Parker, 2nd June 2020.

 

USA

Extensively quoted in ‘Why It’s Harder To Lead America To War Now’ in Buzzfeed, by Ben Smith on 11th January 2020

 

USA

January 2020 Extensively Interviewed in multipart episodes of Democracy Now – a well-known channel on PBS, the show interviewed me in relation  to the Cambridge Analytica Leaks:

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Part 1: Meet Brittany Kaiser

Part 2: The Great Hack

Part 3: Propaganda Machine

Part 4: Facebook is a Crime Scene

Part 5: ‘Democracy for Sale’

Part 6 ‘The Weaponization of Data’

 

UK

January 2020 Quoted Extensively in The Guardian ‘Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’‘ by Carole Cadwalladr, on 4th January 2020.

 

2019

 

US

Interviewed in “How Can Democratic Society Defend Against Trump’s Social Media Blitzkrieg?” by Steven Rosenfeld in The National Memo on 7th November 2019.

 

US

Extensively quoted in “Before Trump, Cambridge Analytica quietly built “psyops” for militaries” by Jesse Witt & Alex Pasternack in Fast Company on 25th September 2019

 

USA

Interviewed extensively by Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior on Gaslit Nation podcast about “Brexit & Bannon” on 20th November 2019

 

USA

Credit as Senior Researcher for the feature length documentary The Great Hack (Trailer) in which my research was extensively featured ‘They took your data. Then they took control. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.’ Released on Netflix 24th July 2019

Awards the film received: Academy Awards 2020 – Shortlisted; Primetime Emmy Awards 2020 – Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special nominee; BAFTA Awards 2020 – Best Documentary Nominee; Cinema Eye Honors Awards US 2020 – Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation – Winner; International Documentary Association 2019 – Best Writing Nominee.

 

Germany

April 2019 Interviewed on camera in ‘Attack on Democracy’ – documentary on #brexit crimes, money and lies by ZDF (public broadcast TV in Germany), they filmed my speech at the European Parliament about Facebook, also with interviews Nigel Farage, Carole Cadwalladr, Arron Banks, whistleblowers. This is an English language subtitled version the final cut is a 45 minutes version. Aired ZDF on  25th April 2019

 

 

2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting ‘Steve Bannon: Fired architect of Trump’s campaign insists he’s still relevant. Others aren’t so sure‘ by Hjelmgaard, K in USA Today on 13th December 2018

 

UK

Featured extensively on Tax Justice Network Podcast on “Whistleblower protection, plutocrats and dark money” on 22nd November 2018 /

 

US

Interview on ‘Make It Plain’ with Mark Thompson on SiriusXM on 21st November 2018

 

France

Extensive Reporting in ‘Gilets jaunes : peut-on exclure des interventions sur les réseaux sociaux similaires à celles observées lors de l’élection présidentielle américaine ou du Brexit ?‘ by Franck DeCloquement, Atlantico, on 20th November 2018

 

Austria

Mention in ‘Email-Leaks offenbaren Bannon-Verbindungen zu Brexit-Kampagne‘ in Der Standard, on 20th November 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Brittany Kaiser on Working with Steve Bannon and the Company’s Role in Brexit,’ by Marin Cogan, in Elle, on 20th November 2018

 

UK

Discussion of my evidence on ‘Politics Live‘, BBC 2, on 19th November 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘Arron Banks looked at US fundraising for Leave.EU, emails show‘, Financial Times on 19th November 2018

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Read the emails linking Steve Bannon to Brexit‘ by Heather Timmons, Quartz, on 18th November 2018

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Emails reveal Arron Banks’ links to Steve Bannon in quest for campaign cash‘ by Mark Townsend & Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer, 17th November 2018

 

Briant told the Observer: “This chain of emails brings all these different threads and people together … here it is revealed starkly in hard documentary evidence that foreign funders and transatlantic interests and Ukip and Bannon and data and money are all being discussed. And it’s really striking how their desire to influence politics and simultaneously make money completely overlap.”

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Brexit bankroller Arron Banks, Cambridge Analytica and Steve Bannon – explosive emails reveal fresh links‘ by Peter Geoghegan, Open Democracy, on 17th November 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting ‘New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica’s Role in Brexit’ by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, on 17th November 2018

 

US

Reporting in ‘Who is Sam Patten?’ By Curt Devine, CNN on 1st September 2018

 

US

Reporting in ‘U.S. Associate of Indicted Russian Pleads Guilty, to Cooperate With Mueller’ by Nathan Lane & David Alexander, US News & World Report on 1st September 2018

 

US

Quoted in “Among other things, Sam Patten Plea signals that Mueller Referrals will Include False Congressional Testimony” on EmptyWheel by Marcy Wheeler on 31st August 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in Dreher, A ‘How A ‘Brexit Boys’ Project Ended Up in Jackson Court‘ in Jackson Free Press on 13th June 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in Dreher, A ‘UPDATED: Inside the ‘Brexit Boys’ Data Project at Ole Miss‘ Jackson Free Press on 7th June 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in Gates, J ‘Court case tries to answer whether British citizens’ personal data ended up in Mississippi‘ in Clarion Ledger on 6th June 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are part of a bigger problem’ in Digital Journal on 17th April 2018

 

Mexico

Extensive Reporting in ‘Fundador de Cambridge Analytica compara a Trump con Hitler‘ in Lopez-Doriga Digital on 18th April 2018

 

Canada

Extensive Reporting in ‘Cambridge Analytica: les données auraient été utilisées pour propager la peur‘ in Montreal Metro on 16th April 2018

 

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Unethical not to’ submit Brexit interviews to MPs, says academic‘ in Times Higher Education on 22nd April 2018

 

Indonesia

Extensive Reporting in ‘Mantan CEO Cambridge Analytica Tolak Bersaksi di Inggris‘ in Voice of America Indonesia on 22nd April 2018.

 

Israel

Extensive Reporting in ‘Trump utilise les musulmans comme Hitler les juifs – Cambridge Analytica‘ in The Times of Israel on 18th April 2018. alytica/

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in Porritt, Richard ‘Leave.EU comms chief praises Nazi’s propaganda‘ in The New European on 17th April 2018.

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Facebook scandal takes new twist with campaigners Hitler comments‘ in The National on 17th April 2018

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in “Lawmakers publish evidence that Cambridge Analytica work helped Brexit group” in Reuters by Reuters Staff on 16th April 2018.

 

Canada

Extensive Reporting in CTV News ‘Expert: Cambridge Analytica helped Trump campaign spread anti-Muslim fear‘  by Danica Kirka – 16th April 2018.

‘A propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump’s presidential campaign use false statements and anti-Muslim messages to spread fear and resentment in swing states he needed to win.

University of Essex lecturer Emma Briant made the comments in explanatory essays submitted to the media committee of the U.K. Parliament as part of its inquiry into fake news. She has studied SCL Group, the conglomerate that includes Cambridge Analytica, for a decade. Briant, who interviewed the group’s employees for her academic research, submitted recordings of those discussions as well as the essays to the U.K. Electoral Commission, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the committee. Her intent was to discuss “Cambridge Analytica’s grossly unethical conduct enacted for profit,” according to evidence released on Monday.’

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Brexit: ‘Rife misuse’ of data by Leave.EU, MPs told‘ by BBC News on 17th April 2018

‘Mr Wigmore was talking to university lecturer Emma Briant for an upcoming book on the Trump campaign. He told Ms Briant “the only way” Leave.EU would be successful was to “follow the Trump doctrine”. “The more outrageous we are, the more attention we’ll get, and the more attention we get, the more outrageous we’ll be,” said Mr Wigmore.’

 

UK

Mention in The Independent:  ‘How Silicon Valley, spooks and the super rich took control of the 21st century‘ by Youssef El-Gingihy – April 2018

‘Some authorities, such as Emma Briant (author of Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism: Strategies for Global Change), have stated that Cambridge Analytica has the technological capability to effect behavioural and psychological change.’

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘UK academic says data firm helped Trump campaign spread fear‘ by The Seattle Times on 16th April 2018.

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Lawmakers publish evidence that Cambridge Analytica work helped Brexit group‘ in Reuters, on 16th April 2018.

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘The CEO of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company compared Trump propaganda tactics to Hitler‘ by Business Insider on 17th April 2018.

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Fake news inquiry raises concerns over targeting of voters in Brexit referendum‘ by David Pegg and Pamela Duncan in The Guardian, on 16th April 2018

 

‘Material from the interviews, conducted by Emma Briant, an academic specialising in propaganda, has been published by the digital, culture, media and sport committee in connection with its inquiry into fake news. Sign up to our Brexit weekly briefing Read more In another excerpt, Leave.EU’s former communications director, Andy Wigmore can be heard saying that the group sent Nigel Farage to locations identified as prime campaigning targets by insurance actuaries. Wigmore also apparently told Briant that Leave.EU copied strategies shared with them by Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the heart of the Facebook data harvesting scandal, as part of preliminary work. Leave.EU never formally hired the company.’

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘Long Before Cambridge Analytica, a Belief in the ‘Power of the Subliminal’’ The Saturday Profile By Ellen Barry in The New York Times on 20th April 2018.

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Founder of Facebook data harvesting firm praises Nazi propaganda’ in Middle East Eye on 17th April 2018

 

US

Extensive Reporting in ‘Brexit campaign chief praised ‘very clever’ Nazi propaganda‘ in Business Insider on 17th April 2018

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘‘Brexit Bad Boy’ Andy Wigmore and why praising the Nazis is never a good idea’ in The Guardian on 17th April 2018

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘Leave.EU chief Andy Wigmore admits copying Trump tactics‘ The Times of London on 17th April 2018

 

UK

Mention in  The Independent:  ‘How Silicon Valley, spooks and the super rich took control of the 21st century‘ by Youssef El-Gingihy – April 2018

 

UK

Extensive Reporting in ‘MPs urged to probe if Brexit campaign handed insurance company’s customer data to Cambridge Analytica‘ in The Mirror on 27th March 2018

 

UK

Radio Interview on ‘Profile of Nigel Oakes‘ on BBC Radio 4 25th March 2018.

 

 

2017

 

Italy

Extensively quoted in “OCEAN: HOW TO HACK DEMOCRACY” (Come Hackerare la Democrazia) in I Diavoli, on 8th November 2017

 

UK

Letters: “Who’s to blame for the savagery seen in Manchester and London?” in The Guardian, on 8th June 2017.

 

UK

Mention in ‘Trump Campaign Used Social Media Manipulation, Says The Guardian‘ in Clean Technica on 27th May 2017

 

US

Mention in Daily Kos: More On Robert Mercer: Delete Your Account –Or– The Carnage Of Data Fascism – Freeraven – 1st March 2017

 

UK

Quoted in award winning article in The Observer: Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media by Carole Cadwalladr  – 26th February 2017

 

US

Quoted in The Washington Post: After working for Trump’s campaign, British data firm eyes new U.S. government contracts by Matea Gold on 17th February 2017

 

2016

UK

Letters: “300 academics sign open letter to PM over ‘xenophobia’” in The Scotsman on 10th October 2016.

UK

Quoted in “Soap operas and fakery: selling peace in Iraq” by Abigail Fielding-Smith, Crofton Black and Jon Ungoed-Thomas in The Times on 2nd October 2016

UK

Letters: “Anti-radicalisation strategy lacks evidence base in science” in The Guardian on 28th September 2016.

Iceland

Live interview on propaganda on national Icelandic radio show ‘Harmageddon’ – 5th May 2016 with Frosty and Mani at X977- listen here.

 

2015

UK

Letters: “Five tests for action in Syria that fail the challenge of beating Isis” in The Guardian on 24th November 2015.

 

UK

Quoted in “Daily Mail reverts to type as media makes sense of Paris atrocities” by John Jewell in The Conversation on 20th November 2015.

 

UK

Quoted in ‘The battle over the words used to describe migrants’ by Camila Ruz in BBC News Magazine on 28th August 2015.

 

UK

Letters: “PREVENT will have a chilling effect on open debate, free speech and political dissent” in The Independent on 10th July 2015.

 

2012

UK

Research quoted by Polly Toynbee in “Celebrate Paralympians, but remember they needed state help to get there” in The Guardian on 23 August 2012

UK

Quoted in “LEVESON IS SHOWING ‘WILFUL BLINDNESS’ TOWARDS DISABLED PEOPLE” by Katherine Quarmby in The Guardian on 8 May 2012

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics are being peddled – such as claiming that 75% of people on incapacity benefit are faking it, when the real figure is likely to be less than 1%. Such lies have an effect – focus group research from Glasgow Media Group confirms that the general public believes that 50-70% of those on disability benefits are fraudulent (they also found that there has been a tripling in the use of words such as “scrounger” in the last five years in media reports).”

2011

UK

Research reported in ‘Mental health discrimination is coming from the top, not the public‘ by Peter Beresford in The Guardian on 30th November 2011

UK

Reported in “Ministers accused of causing fear for disabled people” on BBC News on 24 November 2011

Research quoted during a House of Commons Debate by Anne McGuire MP and reported: “She said such articles were having an effect and pointed to research by the Glasgow Media Group which claimed there had been a significant increase in the use of pejorative language to describe disabled people in the media. The use of terms such as “scrounger”, “cheat”‘ and “skiver” was found in 18% of articles in 2010/11 compared with 12% in 2004/5.”

Reported in ‘Harassing people on benefits degrades us all‘ by Peter Beresford in The Guardian on 18th October 2011.

UK

Quoted in “The demonisation of the disabled is a chilling sign of the times” by Ian Birrell, in The Observer on 4 December 2011

“Meanwhile, there has been a significant increase in articles about “cheats”, “scroungers” and “skivers” in the media. Not just tabloids, but broadsheets and broadcasters. A recent Glasgow Media Group study revealed a near-tripling of these words in papers, alongside a reduction in reports on discrimination and sympathetic stories about disabled people. Focus groups found people suggesting seven in 10 claimants were fraudulent; in reality, levels of fraud for disability benefits are 0.5%, much lower than for other benefits – and less than the level of errors made by officials.”