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BBC World Service - Digital Planet


Technological and digital news from around the world.


  • Psychographics, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
    In the aftermath of revelations from newspapers claiming details from 50 million Facebook profiles by Cambridge Analytica, a firm employed by Donald Trump's election campaign, were gathered without the users' knowledge, Click's Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson break down the meaning and intention of psychographics. The Composite Technology Team makes prototypes of unmanned aerial systems. Click reports on how the Belgrade-based company now specialise in developing drones for surveillance and also possible internet connectivity for remote areas where connectivity is poor. A whole industry has developed around the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT). Some have voiced concern that many of its products are designed too quickly, without care and putting consumers at risk. Two new reports published last week by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the PETRAS, the IoT research hub call for greater cooperation to secure cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Click is joined by Rachel Cooper to discuss the reports. And ahead of her talk at Future Sessions next week Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino talks to Alexandra about the Open Internet of Things Mark project she is steering. Producer: Colin Grant (Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 9, 2017. Credit: Patricia de Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Sheldon County Computer-Generated Fictional Worlds
    Sheldon County is the latest step in a life-long quest to build computers that generate fictional worlds. Sheldon County is a podcast that will never sound the same twice. Every time someone listens to it, they’ll begin by typing a random number into a website. This “seed” will set in motion a Rube Goldberg machine of calculation that will create characters, relationships, jealousies, betrayals, and maybe even a murder or two. Click reports on the unique version of Sheldon County’s story that will create a podcast made just for you. In the week after International Women’s Day, Click talks to Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, the Head of Stemette, about her work empowering girls and young women in science and tech. One percent of the world’s population are currently in high-risk landslide areas. Researchers in New Zealand have come up with a revolutionary way of monitoring landslides, developed at a fraction of the cost of traditional surveying equipment. It’s now being trialled in areas where landslides have occurred, and could help with the prediction of future landslides. Click’s Simon Morton reports. Facebook's collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look "under the bonnet" at the tech giant's algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo: Woman with headphones. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Andrew Keen’s Ideas on Fixing the Digital Future
    In his new book, How to Fix the Future, Andrew Keen combines his experiences in Silicon Valley with extensive interviews and analysis to identify the strategies we need to fix the huge challenges of this digital century. Click talks to Andrew Keen about his call for governments and citizens to rein in the internet giants and tackle a crisis of historic proportions. Scientists in Belgrade believe that they have developed a bullet-proof anti-forgery invention, Teslagram. The idea for Teslagram came from Dr Dejan Pantelic, a science consultant of the Institute for Physics and his research team. Click reports on the technology - inspired by butterfly wings, with some one hundred thousand tiny scales - which when applied to assets such as bank cards, will make them unique. Woebot is the brainchild of a group of Stanford University psychologists and artificial intelligence experts. They have invented a texting chatbot that offers basic mental healthcare via your iPhone or Facebook app. Silicon Valley journalist, Alison van Diggelen, investigates. (Photo caption: Woman engineer looking at various information in screen of futuristic interface – credit: Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Serbia’s Tech Future
    In the last two decades, following years of conflict, hundreds of thousands of young highly educated people have left Serbia looking for a brighter future elsewhere. But that trend has slowed with the mushrooming of digital technologies and innovation start-ups in Belgrade. Serbia’s innovative programmers specialise in quirky solutions, taking ‘less digital roads travelled’. Click’s special programme from Belgrade, co-produced with Snežana Ćurčić, starts by looking at the innovations that came out of the radical radio station, B92’s internet streaming during the war. The programme focuses on the Silicon Valley-esque Science Technology Park (STP). Located in the peaceful forest of Zvezdara, the Science Technology Park was built during Milošević’s times, and remained a white elephant until recently. Today STP is home to more than sixty innovative high-tech development companies. Click also hears about the continued centrality of the inventor, Nikola Tesla to Serbia’s culture. Gareth Mitchell is joined by Tamara Vučenović from Radio Belgrade to explore how tech is transforming the capital and the country. (Photo caption: Workers and visitors at the Science Technology Park, Belgrade - credit: STP) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Russia Bots: Truth, Trust and Technology
    With news of Russian bots’ attempts to damage US institutions, is our faith in the transparency and honesty of news disseminated via the internet being undermined? Professor Charlie Beckett joins the programme to discuss the growing public discontent about the role of tech giants in policing abuse and disinformation. The None in Three project launched in Barbados and Grenada two years ago, included the development of a computer game as an educational tool for raising awareness and changing attitudes towards violence. The project’s new prosocial computer game is JESSE. Click talks to the project’s researchers Adele Jones and Daniel Boduszek. Yto Barrada is a photographer and filmmaker whose latest work at the Barbican in London focuses on the Moroccan city of Agadir and the 1960 earthquake which killed a third of the population. Colin Grant talks to Barrada about her attempts to weave together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city. The New Analog is Damon Krukowski’s new book, reflecting on the evolution of music from the analogue to the digital age – and back again. He joins Click to talk about the relationship between digital and analogue music. (Image caption: Illustration of fake news on a smartphone © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant