Digital Planet on KTTZ HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.

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  • Monday, June 22, 2015 7:00pm
    The lead spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme has gone into orbit. The satellite - Sentinel-2A - part of Europe's Copernicus programme, launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The mission will collect data and images of the earth, and provide key sources of information for governments and planners in the coming years, including giving international agriculture and food agencies advance notice of poor harvests and the potential for famine. Click talks to Josef Aschbacher, the Head of Copernicus Space Office about the launch. Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin Ross Ulbricht, creator of Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison recently. Drawing on documents and emails concerning Ross Ulbricht’s trial, Nathaniel Popper reveals the influence of Silk Road and the development of Bitcoin as an outgrowth of the powerful cultural currents that gained strength after the world’s financial crisis. Popper joins Click to discuss his book, Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin. Banqer Banqer is an online educational App that is being used by teachers in New Zealand to teach their students financial literacy. It does this by turning the classroom into a virtual economy. Simon Morton reports on Banqer in action at a school in Wellington, New Zealand. How Can You Transform Line Drawing Instantly into 3D Models? Teenage technology wiz Daniil Frants and artist Ivan Govorkov have joined forces for a site-specific installation that weaves together line, shape, composition and construction through a process based investigation of traditional 2D mark-making and modern 3D modelling. Click reports on the work in the making. (Photo: Vega VV05, carrying Sentinel-2A, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, 2015. © ESA–M. Pedoussaut)
  • Monday, June 15, 2015 7:00pm
    The final part of the Highrise interactive documentary series has just launched online. Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise offers an innovative global look at life on the Web – a five year project that Click has followed through all of its iterations. We talk to the director Katerina Cizek. Responsive Street Furniture Researchers have produced 'responsive street furniture' that physically adapts to the needs of those moving around it in public. They aim to render our physical space as reactive and adaptable as the virtual space. Lamp-posts might for example be tweaked to offer greater illumination for people with visual impairments and street maps might also give directions by talking to them. Gareth Mitchell talks to the designer, Ross Atkin. The Four Dimensional Human With so much of life experienced digitally these days, it is perhaps no surprise that the writer, Laurence Scott, considers this digital existence as a dimension in itself – a fourth dimension alongside the standard three of our pre-digital existence. Laurence joins Click to discuss his new book, The Four Dimensional Human. Bug Bounty Hunters Hackers and anti-cybercrime experts who breach corporate systems to reveal vulnerabilities to those corporations are sometimes called bug bounty hunters. But this good faith is being tested by the rise in the amounts of money the bounty hunters are increasingly demanding. And increasingly, as Click's Jonathan Kent reports, criminal networks are prepared to outbid the corporations for the information about vulnerabilities. (Photo: The virtual character Old Soul (played by Keliyah Ogiamien) guides viewers through the interactive experience Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise, courtesy of the NFB)
  • Monday, June 8, 2015 7:00pm
    Eight hundred years ago England’s King John and the country’s warring barons agreed on a peace treaty that would resolve future disputes and curb the king's power. It was called the Magna Carta – and is enshrined today as a democratic principle. On its anniversary the BBC World Service has commissioned a drama, The Great Charter, which updates the story behind the Magna Carta and "charts the fight for rights and freedoms in the 21st Century’s supra-state: the Internet". The Great Charter imagines a scary future where civilisation as we know it is collapsing because the networks have failed. Only one man – an engineer - can bring the world back from the abyss. But there is a heavy price to pay. The Great Charter explores a range of contemporary issues such as information security and cyber-terrorism. To reflect on some of its themes Click assembles a panel of experts including Matthew Solon who wrote the play, the computer scientist, Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Mahima Kaul who heads the Cyber and Media Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation in India. (Image caption: Behind the scenes of The Great Charter, from left to right are Nicolas Jackson (director), Harry Ditson (Jed Baron), Amira Ghazalla (Mahvash Sassani) and Steve Bond (sound designer) - used with kind permission of Goldhawk Productions)
  • Monday, June 1, 2015 7:00pm
    The Nepal Quake Project is a ground-breaking new virtual reality short film, depicting Nepal after the earthquake from RYOT Films. It allows viewers to virtually experience the disaster. They can walk through the wreckage, comb through the rubble, and get a first-hand idea of the earthquake’s aftermath. RYOT say it is “the first ever virtual reality film to come out of a natural disaster and really marks the future of news and action - one where VR technology can radically change how we experience the news. Click talk to David Darg, the co-founder of RYOT. Technology in Turkey's Elections Technology, especially internet and smart phones, is playing a key part in Turkish elections both in winning and ensuring a fair election. The ruling AK Party, which has been on the cutting edge of internet and technology in its campaigns, has unveiled a new cyber headquarters in Istanbul, which will play a key role with social media. Its head has also promised to clean up its act in the face of claims of thousands of trolls being used against opponents. But at the same time opposition parties are looking to smart phones to play a key role ensuring that there will be no vote rigging. A network of android phones will be used in the first nationwide monitoring. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul. Computex Highlights from the trade show, Computex, this year include the rise and rise of wearables, and China busting the myth that it cannot innovate but only copy. Click's Cindy Sui reports from Taipei. Mirror's Memory The Russian artist, Alexandra Dementieva’s work, Mirror’s Memory, explores the link between representation and memory as mediated by new technology. She invites viewers to experience a reflected self at the will of a machine. Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson take on the challenge. (Photo: Residents survey the earthquake damage in Bhaktapur, Nepal © RYOT)