Season 1,

Episode 5 – Trial By Social Media

January 14, 2018

In episode 5, Trial By Social Media, we ask is online public shaming a necessary outlet to allow people to seek some form of justice, when traditional legal channels have failed them? 

Or is it a dangerous return to uncivilised witch hunting? Is there a risk to your presumption of innocence? Could the guilty get off by not being able to receive a fair trial?

Should mobs of people, often reacting online to nothing more than the headlines, have a say in determining the form of justice?

Those questions and more are asked in the latest episode, Trial By Social Media.

Featuring on this episode:

andrew sneddon witch huntingDr Andrew Sneddon

Dr Andrew Sneddon is a lecturer in international history at the University of Ulster. He’s an expert in Ireland and Europe’s history of witch hunting and has author a book entitled Magic and Witchcraft in Ireland.


Luciano FloridiProf Luciano Floridi

Is a professor of philosophy and ethics of information at the University of Oxford and is also the director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the Oxford Internet Institute.


sarah roberts twitter UCLAProf Sarah T Roberts

Sarah T Roberts is an assistant Professor in the Department of Information StudiesGraduate School of Education & Information Studies, at UCLA.


Noeline Blackwell Dublin Rape Crisis CentreNoeline Blackwell

Noeline Blackwell is the CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. She has previously been a member of the boards of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Amnesty International, Ireland. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by UCD in 2014.

langwallner_david-podcast-instagramDavid Langwellner

David Langwallner is the founder and director of the Irish Innocence Project, at Griffith College which was launched in 2009 and was recognized by the Innocence Network in 2010. He is a constitutional and public law barrister who has also litigated several criminal defence cases. He is a practicing Irish Barrister and member of Field Court Chambers in Grays Inns, London.

Listen: Trial By Social Media

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