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  • Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems
    The recent wrongful missile alert in Hawaii has highlighted the vulnerability of alert systems. It coincides with a new report from Chatham House focusing on vulnerabilities of nuclear weapons systems which were first developed at a time when computer capabilities were in their infancy. Patricia Lewis joins Click to discuss her recent paper on the threat. The tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong has called on the International Monetary Fund to intervene in lifting restrictions on the internet enforced by the Cameroon authorities in the English speaking region of the country. Enonchong discusses the crisis with Click. What exponential changes we can expect in tech this year? Where will the trajectory of the tech world, from cryptocurrencies to Silicon Valley culture, take us this year? Azeem Azhar joins Click for future gazing on some of his predictions. Germany’s Chaos Computer Club is thought to be the oldest of its kind in Europe. Every December it holds its annual Chaos Communications Congress. The latest was the 34th such event (hashtag #34C3) and it now attracts over 15,000 people. Click’s Jonathan Kent went to the eastern state of Saxony and found a thriving cultural gathering of the tech clans. (Image caption: Digital electronic components, circuit boards, technology era, missiles - credit: Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Iran’s Internet Crackdown
    During protests in Iran, the authorities launched a crackdown on internet use, blocking Instagram and other social networks. Click talks to Mahsa Alimardani about censorship and surveillance in Iran. Haven is a new app which aims to turn your phone into a security system. Jack Meegan reports on the free open source app for android phones that turns a phone into a personalised security device. The app has been developed with help from Edward Snowden. Researchers from MIT have developed new depth sensors that could be sensitive enough for self-driving cars. Click talks to the lead researcher, Achuta Kadambi. Listeners are increasingly streaming music for their enjoyment, yet there has also been a revival in vinyl records in recent years. Click ponders the direction of music streaming and music discovery in 2018 with Oisin Lunny. (Photo caption: An Iranian man shows his social media page which does not work, in an office in Tehran – credit: EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Digital Natives or Digital Exiles?
    In a repeat of a programme first broadcast a year ago, Click discusses with a panel of experts in front of an audience at Dragon Hall at the UK’s Writers’ Centre Norwich, whether the internet could be an inclusive tool for participatory democracy, or whether human nature and polarised opinion inevitably turns it into rudeness and/or toxic fury - something that one of the contributors Professor Mary Beard has experienced. But why would academics be active on Twitter or Facebook? The panel also includes Paul Bernal an expert in cyber law who reflects on the broader privacy and security dimensions of the internet. In the age of fake news how can we verify and assert the primacy of the truth; where does this leave traditional content providers like BBC, newspapers, and journals. (Photo caption: Gareth Mitchell, Professor Mary Beard, Paul Bernal and Bill Thompson © WCN/BBC) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Music and Technological Advances
    From the BBC Radio Theatre in London, Click brings together innovators and musicians to perform and to explore the credits and deficits of music production in the digital age. Rachel Chinouriri a performer of Zimbabwean origin and a recent graduate of the BRIT School for Performing Arts has embraced new technological tools to produce an EP in a day. Beatie Wolfe performs and discusses her recently launched The Raw Space Experience, a "world’s first" in 'streaming' an album incorporating real-time AR visuals. Andrew Hockey’s installation Kinetic Tones which combines open source software and hardware, contact microphones and re-purposed Newton’s cradles to create an original piece of generative music. Helen Steer brings the components of a do-it-yourself kit to make a musical instrument in the theatre. And Michela Magas, the founder of Music Tech Fest, discusses her new model for rewarding creativity, described as "Linux of the music industry". (Photo caption: Rachel Chinouriri performs at the BBC Radio Theatre in London for a Click special on music and technology © BBC) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Growth in Global E-waste
    A new report on global e-waste, discarded products with a battery or plug, shows 44.7 million metric tonnes generated in 2016 - up 8% from 2014. Click talks to one of the report’s authors, Ruediger Kuehr, from the United Nations University. With many Rohingya people crossing the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh, the camps at Cox’s Bazaar are becoming much bigger than they have ever been, with one million people expected to arrive by the end of the year. With limited access to the internet or mobile phones, Rohingya people are finding it hard to document the situation themselves. Click’s Lauren Hutchinson reports from Dhaka in Bangladesh. MSF has been busy helping refugees and other displaced Rohingya in targeting disease and providing medicine and aid. Click talks to Sam Taylor from MSF about how the tech community can help. Migrants often lose their phones along routes (which are confiscated at border crossings or by militias). Migrants will often share one communal phone which gets charged along the route. Fifty five percent of migrants interviewed in Libya reported having travelled with a personal mobile phone. Forty five percent of them had a smartphone. Click talks to Sonia Joly from the Danish Refugee Council. (Photo caption: Electronic waste ready for recycling © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant