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BBC World Service - Digital Planet


Technological and digital news from around the world.


  • Keeping Internet Traffic Within Africa
    The Internet Society has partnered with Facebook to expand internet connectivity in Africa using internet exchange points (IXP). IXPs could allow data to stay within the continent instead of being sent outside and then back again. Our attitudes towards technology appear to have changed completely – from tech worship to tech fear. Will we be able to find a healthy balance? Jess Tyrell, author of a new discussion paper about our approach to tech and Julian Blake, editor at DigitalAgenda, who organised a Power & Responsibility Summit in London, discuss what can be done. Do you repair your old tech or do you buy new as soon as there is a better model? Reporter Hannah Fisher has been to the Festival of Maintenance, ahead of International Repair Day, to find out if she would be able to fix her old gadgets. Helen Leigh is teaching children how to sew circuits. Her new book, The Crafty Kid’s Guide to DIY Electronics, is all about learning to make your own technology and the first steps in being able to fix electronic kit. (Image caption: Blue glass globe showing Africa and Europe map on a computer keyboard – credit: Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Apple and Amazon Deny China Hack Claims
    Apple and Amazon have strongly denied they have been subject to a Chinese cyber-attack, following a report by Bloomberg Businessweek. BBC Technology Correspondent Mark Ward tells Click more and if such a spy chip attack could even be possible. Scientists at Drexel University in the US have created spray on antennas that perform as well as current antennas found in phones, routers and other gadgets. They have used a 2D metallic material called MXene which they say can be painted onto everyday objects, widening the scope of the Internet of things considerably. Would you like to have a top of the range sound system in your living room without the hefty price tag? A new project by a number of UK universities and the BBC allows our mobiles, laptops and tablets to enhance our listening experience. The UK’s first ever interactive film will be broadcast live in cinemas and online across Europe this weekend. Reporter Madeleine Finlay has had a sneak preview. (Photo caption: Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou – credit: Reuters) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Could Tech Warn of Future Tsunami?
    Could a complex prototype system of sensors and cables on the sea floor in Indonesia warn scientists of future tsunamis? Professor Louise Comfort from the University of Pittsburgh explains how this might work. What could be the consequences of hidden messages encoded into audio that voice recognition systems can hear, but we can’t? Professor Dorothea Kolossa from the University of Bochum has been hacking into these systems to find out. Is the age of tech fibre really upon us? Professor Yoel Fink from MIT says his team is on the verge of developing true tech clothes that will be able to warn us that a car is approaching. The power and the value of water is explored in a new art installation in Liverpool in the UK. Housed in the Toxteth Reservoir – a huge and empty space which was at the cutting edge of design and engineering in Victorian times – the exhibition uses sensors and hydrophones to track visitors and enhance their experience. (Photo credit: A bridge sits destroyed after being hit by an earthquake and tsunami – credit: Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Digital v Analogue
    The digital era gives us everything to own, but nothing to touch. At the same time there is an increasing craving for tactile, physical analogue experiences. In recent years there has been a return to vinyl with record shops opening up across the world; in Berlin alone there are more than 100. It is not just nostalgia. Many new sales are coming from young people who have been brought up in a digital age. Perhaps for a heathy life we need an analogue ying to our digital yang. In the BBC Radio Theatre, London, Click brings together innovators and musicians to perform and to explore how we balance out analogue and digital lives. Rachel Chinouriri is a young performer of Zimbabwean origin in London, and a recent graduate of BRIT School famed for such alumni as Adele. Chinouriri has embraced new technological tools to produce an EP in a day. She is joined by the artist/musician, Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire, who has specialised in working in both digital and analogue. And from Finland, Gemma Paintin from Oh Europa: Action Hero, proxies in from her mobile home which doubles as a DIY recording studio. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo: Video cassettes, audio cassettes, and USB, flash drive. Credit: Getty Images)