Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:00pm
    Techfugees is a social enterprise co-ordinating the international tech industry’s response to the needs of refugees. It focusses on improving life for refugees by developing technologies in five areas: infrastructure, education, identity, health and inclusion. The Techfugees global network of volunteers creates non-profit conferences, hackathons, and meet ups across the world, working predominantly with the business and tech sectors, in partnership with NGOs and government institutions. It has just launched an online platform, Basefugees, which connects NGOs with tech solutions. Basefugees enables NGOs to find technical support for their projects, and for refugee related tech projects to be endorsed and deployed by NGOs. Games for Change While some may see video games as being male dominated and violent, an organisation in New York has been working for the past 12 years showcasing what else can be done with games. They held a festival last week called Games for Change and Click's Lauren Hutchinson was in New York to find out more. Do Robots Think? Do robots think? Do robots hear? Can robots fall in love? These are just some of the questions that school children and teenagers are debating at the University of Reading in the UK. As technology advances young people will have to deal with very different robots from the ones we have today and how they deal with some of the issues that arise will be key to their grown up world. Ceramic Archive Losing digital data is nothing new – from photos to files it is easy to either delete them or lose them because of technology failure. So how can we secure our archives for future civilisations? One idea, the Memory of Mankind, is to store some of our data on ceramic tiles in a salt mine in Austria. Marnie Chesterton has been investigating how viable this might be. (Photo: A migrant checks his mobile phone in a makeshift camp of refugees and migrants. Credit: Joel Saget/AFP) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:44am
    The future of the internet is at risk if we do not act now says experts from the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Their report entitled One Internet contains recommendations to ensure secure, accessible and affordable online freedom for years to come. The two-year project by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House has brought together almost 70 advisers from around the world to develop this strategy for internet governance. Wonderlab at the Science Museum A new interactive permanent gallery is soon to open at London’s Science Museum. Its aim is to make visitors, and particularly young people, think like a scientists. LJ Rich has been for a sneak preview at the technology on show. Silicon Valley Oscars Talk of revolution was in the air in Silicon Valley last week at SVForum’s Visionary Awards. With past recipients like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Esther Dyson, these awards have earned a reputation as the Oscars of SV. Reporter Alison van Diggelen speaks to some of the winners and how they see their innovations impacting on people’s lives – for the good. VR Conservation A new virtual reality film called Valen’s Reef has been launched this week at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The title comes from eight-year-old Valen, the son of a west Papuan fisherman who has become a coral reef scientist. The film shows you the variety of life on the reef and then the colourful thriving reef gives way to an underwater wasteland of bleached, dead coral. The team behind the work hope it will highlight the risks corals in the region are facing. (Photo: Students using laptops © Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:00pm
    A report by the mobile security company Pentest shows that a keyboard app that had been downloaded 50 million times, was asking users permission to access their camera, GPS and can even terminate background processes? And why is it then sending this information to servers across the globe including to China? We have Andrew Pannell, security consultant and Head of Mobile at Pentest coming in to tell us what he found and why so many apps want access to so much on our phones? Academic Certification and Blockchain Have you ever applied for a job and then frantically tried to find your academic or professional certificates? With rising levels of academic fraud a new digital system of certificate verification has been developed by the Media Lab at MIT. It uses blockchain - the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin. Once a qualification is gained it is added to a ledger in the system that cannot be removed and should be almost tamper proof. Other academics can then check these qualifications online and know who created the ledger and if anyone has altered it as the ledger itself cannot be removed. Google Autism Glasses A student at Stanford University has developed google glasses that recognise different emotions and a clinical trial is currently underway to see if they help children with autism detect different emotions. The glasses use a machine learning system to do this. Currently the most common method of teaching children with autism about recognising emotions is to use flashcards, but this method can be applied in real time and also situations can be played back so children can learn from them, for instance why someone was angry. T-rays and Chips Terahertz radiation, or T-rays, can be used to scan for tumours and weapons and can even see though solid objects. And until now they did have limitations particularly with high imaging resolutions. Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new terahertz camera that can see at a microscopic level. This is a significant development for quality control. Electronic products can be now tested at the end of the production process to ensure there are no faults in the chips, something that is currently done at the beginning of the production process. The researchers also hope to develop cancer screening tests as T-rays can detect high levels of water in skin cancer cells much earlier than current tests can detect cancer cells in the skin. (Photo caption: Someone using a smartphone © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:00pm
    Are we seeing digital discrimination in the sharing economy? A study from Harvard Business School in the US has found that the colour of your skin might affect the rents you can receive when you share your property on Airbnb. Benjamin Edelman, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School explains his findings. Airbnb told Click that they are dedicated to this topic, and they are carrying out a full review with experts to find out the best way to address these challenges. Journal of Interrupted Studies A new academic journal is being published this week, but it is one where the research may not necessarily be complete. Oxford Undergraduate Paul Ostwald is the editor in chief of the Journal for Interrupted Studies. It is designed for academics who have found themselves as refugees in Europe and are not able to publish their work through the usual channels. End of Life Technology Two people are having a video phone chat through their tablet or phone but under some very specific circumstances - one of those in the conversation will soon die. Researchers in the Netherlands have been evaluating video chat, to link those at the end of life with doctors and palliative care experts. Researchers in the Netherlands are testing to see if this kind of communication is effective and doesn’t compromise patient care. Julia Lorke reports for Click. Map of Africa A satellite image of the whole of the continent of Africa, showing forested areas, coastlines and deserts has been produced by the European Space Agency. ESA’s Sentinel-2A spacecraft is taking images across numerous passes of the continent and then stitching them together into a mosaic. This image took five months to produce as it does not have any cloud cover. The project will last a year to capture the changing seasons as Dr Mark Doherty, the Head of ESA’s Earth Observation Exploitation Development Division, explains. (Photo caption: An apartment for rent © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz