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New EU Copyright Regulations a Possibility
A large group of Internet pioneers have sent an open letter to the European Union urging it to scrap a proposal to introduce automated upload filters, arguing that it could damage the internet as we know it. If passed the new regulation would require mandatory filters on all sites that accept and share user generated content. Not only will they be scanning the content but rejecting anything that doesn’t pass their copyright rules. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia tells Click why he’s concerned about the changes. Click speaks to Norman Judah, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Worldwide Services about AI - where Microsoft is heading and how it is adapting technological innovation with cultural sensitivity and ethical values across its global market. Do you like your data warm or cold? Can we really separate individual data sets when evaluating complex issues? Click tries to explain. Picture: Copyright symbol, Credit: BBC Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
Jun 19, 2018
China Exporting E-Waste to Nigeria
China is exporting 20,000 tonnes of electronic waste to Nigeria every year, according to a new study. This is the first time that e-waste has been traced from Asia to Africa. Researchers monitored two ports in Lagos and found that almost 70% of the e-waste reaching Lagos arrived inside vehicles destined for Nigeria's second hand auto market. Rufus Pollock talks to Click about his new book "Open Revolution". He asks if the digital revolution will give us digital dictatorships or digital democracies. Forget everything you think you know about the digital age. It’s not about privacy, surveillance, AI or block chain—it’s about ownership, argues Rufus, because in a digital age who owns information controls the future. The latest VR from the iX Symposium in Montreal – Kent Bye explains to Click’s Ghislaine Boddington about how our whole bodies will soon be immersed in the new wave of VR tech. The so-called Albatross drone is one that can both fly and sail. The robotic system can cover a given distance using one-third as much wind as an albatross and traveling 10 times faster than a typical sailboat. Click meets Gabriel Bousquet from MIT, one of the researchers behind the “albatross drone” Picture: Electrical and electronic waste in transit, Credit: Unu & BCCC-Africa Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
Jun 12, 2018
Afrobytes – the Latest Tech from Africa
More than 300 tech developers, investors and innovators are meeting in Paris at the Afrobytes conference. This is a chance for African developers to pitch ideas for new startups, apps and technology to a global audience of investors. Click is joined by BBC Africa Business Editor Larry Madowo and co-founder of Afrobytes Haweya Mohamed to discuss the future for African tech. Getting access to loans in Kenya for small retailers can be tricky, but now cryptocurrency could solve this problem. Twiga Foods already provides marketplaces (via an online platform) for farmers and urban retailers, now it is branching out to provide micro-loans secured via blockchain technology. Grant Brooke, CEO of Twiga explains more. Getting around Dakar on public transport is not easy. Almost one quarter of the population of Senegal lives in the capital Dakar - a city notorious for congestion problems. Now a group of four developers has created an app - Sunubus - to help the Dakar bus passengers find their bus and exactly when they will reach their destination. Reporter Sasha Gankin arrived on time to his interview appointment with Papa Mor Niane, one of the developers, using the Sunubus app. (Photo caption: Global technology © Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz
Jun 05, 2018
The Toronto Declaration
The Toronto Declaration aims to protect the rights to equality and non-discrimination in machine learning systems. In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights? Click talks to Anna Bacciarelli from Amnesty International and Estelle Masse from the policy team of Access Now. Plenty, a Silicon Valley company plans to revolutionize farming by bringing it indoors and dramatically reducing water use. It has ambitious plans to replicate its warehouse farms in Japan, China and across Europe. Click’s Alison van Diggelen explores: the veracity of its technology; its environmental claims; its use of AI and automation; and how it plans to disrupt the agricultural industry. The biennial Millennium Technology Prize, dubbed the Tech 'Nobel' has been awarded to the Finnish physicist, Tuomo Suntola for his ground breaking work for small smart devices. Suntola's prize-winning ALD (atomic layer deposition) innovation is a nanoscale technology in use all over the world. His technology is used to manufacture ultra-thin material layers for a variety of devices such as computers, smartphones, microprocessors and digital memory devices, enabling high performance in small size. Click talks to Tuomo Suntola. Producer: Colin Grant (Photo caption: Tee-shirt saying 'My Skin Color is Not a Crime' Washington, DC, April 21, 2015. Photo credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)
May 29, 2018
GDPR Offers Greater Protection of Individuals
Legislation to greater protect individuals’ data in the EU comes into effect this week. What does it mean, and will there be unexpected consequences for the use of metadata in research etc. Click talks to Claire Bury from the EU commission and Luukas Ilves, Deputy Director at The Lisbon Council. A young Togolese inventor, Sam Kodo, has developed a virtual robot teacher to help with teacher shortages in the country. Togo accepts and processes large amounts of waste exports, and Kodo has collected useful parts in the huge depository close to the harbour of Lomé for his creations. He decided to create a VT bot as a partial replacement for missing educators. Sam talks to Click’s Sasha Gankin. An engineer in India repurposed a drone to rescue a puppy that had fallen into a gully in New Delhi. Milind Raj constructed a giant claw that was attached to the drone. Raj says it took him six hours to assemble the improvised aerial vehicle. He says he attached an Artificial Intelligence-controlled robotic arm and giant drone together in his Lucknow lab which was then used to rescue the dog. (Photo: A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant
May 22, 2018