Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Monday, August 31, 2015 7:00pm
    Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, have been put to use by various military bodies around the world as silent harbingers of death and destruction. But they might also be put to use for good causes: deployed in rescue operations, for example, or accurately dropping seeds to aid reforestation. Realistically, will they ever be used to deliver your mail? And can the danger from drones that fail and drop out of the sky ever be nullified? Click assembles a panel of experts to discuss the future of drones. Joining Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson in the BBC Radio Theatre will be Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London, Lauren Fletcher, CEO of BioCarbon Engineering, Mya Padget, a licensed commercial drone pilot, Liam Young, one of the key people behind the Barbican’s Drones Orchestra, writer and poet Salena Godden with a specially commissioned poem about drones. Click also hears from Adrien Briod, Head of Technology at Flyability and Tero Heinonen, CEO of Sharper Shape about a Finnish drones delivery service. (Photo caption: A Novadem NX 110 drone flies during a presentation at a firefighter rescue centre in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, southern France © Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, August 24, 2015 7:00pm
    Waves of Grace and Clouds Over Sidra are two virtual reality films aimed at combatting compassion fatigue. Waves of Grace was created to call attention to the formidable obstacles that Ebola survivors in Liberia still face. Clouds Over Sidra was unveiled at Davos at the beginning of the year and is currently being used all over the world to raise money by the UN. Click talks to Aaron Koblin from, one of the key people behind the films. Virtual Reality Bus Driving Bus drivers in New Zealand are using a virtual reality driving simulator to prepare them for using the new Christchurch Bus Interchange. Wearing a virtual reality headset provides drivers with a full peripheral view as if they were actually within the interchange. With the addition of a steering wheel and pedals, the virtual reality driving simulator allows bus drivers to control and practise how to manoeuvre. Simon Morton reports from Christchurch. Cyberphobia Cyberphobia is new and controversial book by Edward Lucas which looks at the future of the internet. Click talks to Lucas about the ideas in his book which highlights that ‘our dependence on computers is growing faster than our ability to forestall attackers’ and argues that hacking will become increasingly common. Exploding Batteries Is it safe to carry batteries on aeroplanes? A full report on an incident that occurred at Heathrow Airport July 2013, when a battery in the Emergency Locator Transmitter device failed on a parked Boeing 787 has recently been published. China has just implemented new standards for lithium-ion batteries. And Boeing and Airbus have announced that lithium batteries will not be carried in passenger aircraft as cargo. Yasmin Ali reports. (Photo caption: Virtual reality at TED – used with the kind permission of Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, August 17, 2015 7:00pm
    Click talks to Amnesty International’s Mohamed Elmessiry about whether the new anti-terrorism laws will curb freedom of expression. What will be the impact on news channels, bloggers and others who host websites for the dissemination of information which may be deemed by the authorities as providing a platform for terrorists? .uk Thirty Years On and Turing This year marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of .uk, the place where Britain, by and large, has gone online. Why did Great Britain end up with .uk and not .gb? The story is part of the bigger story of the internet, from a time before Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web - a time when the protocols, the language, the rules, and the very wires the whole thing runs on were being designed and built. Eleanor Bradley, the CEO of Nominet reflects on those thirty years and also discusses Turing – the new tool for decoding Domain Names Systems data. Tech to Rescue Greece The collapse of the Greek economy in the last five years has caused havoc in the country and left many out of work. Youth unemployment is a huge problem. But the crisis has also led to innovation. Snežana Ćurčić reports from Athens on the vibrant tech start-up community that emerged in the epicentre of one of the worst economic crisis of modern times. Time for Rights Young people around the world have been challenged to make six second videos about the human rights most important to them for a project called Time for Rights. The videos, mostly shot on mobile phone cameras, simultaneously appeared on Instagram on the United Nations' International Youth Day last week. The creative technologist, Tim Kindberg, joins Click to discuss the project and the app he launched through which the videos can be uploaded. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt. Credit: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Monday, August 10, 2015 7:00pm
    So far one app, M-Pesa, has moved an entire third of the Kenyan GDP among its 20 million users. With the recent launch of Equitel there is now a competitor on the market for mobile money transfer. Equitel uses ultra-thin SIM technology: a 0.1mm thin film which is placed directly on existing SIM card. This enables users to access more than one network and access mobile money services. Michael Kaloki reports from Nairobi. SokoText SokoText is a smart solution with a big idea: to make food affordable for everyone. We use the power of text messaging to aggregate demand for food and unlock wholesale prices for small entrepreneurs in urban slums. Gareth Mitchell talks to the co-founder, Suraj Gudka. The Future of Raspberry Pi Philip Colligan is the new Chief Executive Officer of Raspberry Pi Foundation. He joins Click to discuss his global vision for the future of Raspberry Pi. He has a background when working for Nesta of helping young people get involved in digital making. Examples of current projects include the Astro Pi – a competition for kids to run experiments on a Raspberry Pi that will be on the International Space Station (ISS). New Zealand PAWS New Zealand is heavily reliant on agricultural exports so the introduction of an invasive pest or disease could be devastating for the local economy. Pests have already caused havoc with native flora and fauna and many species are now under threat, including the flightless bird, the kiwi. But a new system called PAWS, which stands for print acquisition and wildlife surveillance can monitor pests remotely, and even be used to alert border protection agencies to threats in real time. Simon Morton reports from the outskirts of Christchurch. (Photo caption: Mobile telephone banking. Credit: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, August 3, 2015 7:00pm
    Click talks to Kelly Davis-Felner of the Wi-Fi Alliance about the latest developments of Wi-Fi Aware which will make smartphones more aware of their surroundings by detecting one another and sharing information, helping to create a new breed of proximity services. First Tech Hub in Malawi Malawi’s first Technology Hub mHub opened recently. mHub aims to be an open space where ideas grow into viable technology solutions that can transcend into sustainable business models. Its goal is to become a leading ICT think tank in Malawi and the region. Click is joined by Rachel Sibande, mHUB founder and CEO. MuScalpel A new tool has been developed by researchers in London which enables useful features from one app to be transferred into a different app automatically and quickly. A standard software extension process that normally took twenty days took the new tool – MuScalpel – just over one day. The method is akin to organ transplantation in that code for desirable features, such as autosave, bookmark or language translate, is identified in one app and then transplanted into a different app. Click hears more about MuScalpel from the lead researcher, Mark Harman. ICANN dotAfrica Response Following allegations of mishandling and incompetence in assigning the domain name dotAfrica, Click talks to ICANN’s Akram Atallah, President of Global Domains Division. (Photo caption: Customers use wireless devices at a coffee shop © HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant