Digital Planet on KTTZ-HD2

How digital technology affects our lives around the world.


  • Monday, November 23, 2015 6:00pm
    The online platform Telegram has suspended a number of accounts linked to IS and the online hacking collective Anonymous has declared "total war" on IS after the attacks in Paris. It is not the first time they have had IS in their sights. But what does it mean? Is the move against IS significant? Anonymous’s tactics have often been controversial, sometimes illegal, and do not always win them support. As so-called Islamic State vows to fight back, what, asks Becky Milligan, is Anonymous likely to achieve and will its strategy help or hinder the fight against extremism? Won’t those members of IS who communicate via Twitter or other social networks just open new accounts? Click reports on the imagined power of Anonymous. 100 Women Click hears from the computer scientist and roboticist, Maja Matarić, a professor at the University of Southern California, about overcoming the limits imposed by the historically masculine world of her chosen discipline. Playable City Lagos Click talks to Olamide Udo-Udoma, Head of Future Lagos about Playable City Lagos. It is an initiative to collaboratively research and develop playful ideas at the intersection of art, technology, society and culture, to respond to specific social challenges and specific geographic locations in Lagos. Playable City Lagos, supported by the British Council and the arts organisation, Watershed, has just launched a call for participants with creative ideas for the scheme. Tangerine Tangerine is an award-winning film shot entirely on iPhones. Click interviews the director, Sean Baker, about the constraints that came with such low budget film-making on the quality of the film, and the scale and scope of the technology. (Photo: A man wearing a mask associated with Anonymous makes a statement in this still image from a video released on November 2015 © Reuters)
  • Monday, November 16, 2015 6:00pm
    Google has limited the speed of its autonomous cars to 25mph – used in specified allowable areas. But one car was too slow for a traffic cop who pulled over the driverless vehicle and contacted the remote operators. What does this mean for the state of advance of driverless cars, and how does this relate to the semi-autonomous Tesla cars whom the manufacturers, worried about drivers abusing the technology, have imposed constraints, limiting the functionality. Click talks to the robotics navigation expert, John Leonard from MIT. Utrecht Trial of a Universal Basic Income A trial is underway discouraging compensating people with money for not working. It comes on the back of concerns that many of our jobs will be taken by robots in the future. Richard Walker reports. MeCoDem: Media Conflict and Democratisation At a time when radio stations are under attack in some parts of Africa, new media offers the only real alternative to the dissemination of reliable information. Click hears about a conference on media, elections and conflicts in Africa, held in Oxford in southern England and talks to two of the organisers, Marie-Soleil Frère and Nicole Stremlau. Sound Improvement Researchers in the UK have just finished a project to correcting problems when recording audio from devices such as mobile phones (Eg wind noise and distortion) to alert people in advance of pressing the record button about wind noise or other distortions. Behind the App are psychoacoustic experiments to work out when recording errors are audible and what features of the wind noise degrade quality. Click talks to the key researcher, professor Trevor Cox. (Photo: A California police officer pulls over a self-driving car specially designed by Google © AP)
  • Monday, November 9, 2015 6:00pm
    Each week brings new threats to our online lives, threatening to exploit our contacts and bank accounts. It is a pressing matter that many companies have to address. Caleb Barlow, IBM’s VP global cybersecurity discusses the latest threats to internet security and what can be done about it. Refugees Welcome: Airbnb for Refugees Abdul, an asylum seeker in Germany, has moved from a camp after finding new accommodation through a website called Refugees Welcome Project. The project was started by three students in Germany a year ago. Since then other organisations have been founded in countries including Austria, Greece, Portugal and Spain. Julia Lorke reports on the project that has been described as Airbnb for refugees. Here Active Listening Doppler Labs have developed earbuds that simulate the effect of ‘turning up’ the conversation and ‘tuning out’ the crying baby. Here Active Listening gives users the ability to “live mix their environment” with effects such as reverb and bass. Click talks to Noah Kraft, CEO and Co-founder of Doppler Labs. David Eagleman: The Brain The brain is often described as a kind of a computer. But what use can brains be put to in the modelling of computers and digital technologies of the future? Click talks to the neuroscientist, David Eagleman about human computer interaction and his research into a sensory vest to help deaf people hear. (Photo caption: padlock on a computer keyboard © Esther Barry / BBC) Producer: Colin Grant
  • Monday, November 2, 2015 6:00pm
    Are you a part of Generation Open? Do you yearn for open source and for sharing data? Then you just might be part of the new digital generation – not bound by age. Click talks to Martha Lane Fox, one of the key speakers at the Open Data Institute Summit in London, about the advances in the openness of data and what it means to be Generation Open. Dublin Platform 2015 at Front Line Defenders Front Line Defenders is hosting a gathering of over a hundred Human Rights Defenders in Dublin. They all have one thing in common: they are all at risk because of their human rights work. What are the digital risks to this activism and how might they be helped to limit the risks? Click talks to the Information Security Consultant, Wojtek Bogusz, about strategies for security and what might be found in an IT tool kit. Helping Blind People Keep Fit with Tech Blind people often have difficulty keeping fit and safe. How do you freely jog or run if you are blind? Click hears from researchers who are using drones that will fly ahead of blind runners as they take to the track. Sensors for American Footballers Wearable technologies are increasingly being used in sports. A recent American football game at London’s Wembley Stadium has showcased how data capture technology is being used at the game to track, analyse and measure player and team performance. The technology is being deployed by the NFL throughout the USA as well as in other stadiums for the International Series Games. Colin Grant reports from Wembley. (Photo: Martha Lane Fox and colleagues at the ODI summit, courtesy of ODI)