Whether you've embraced technology willingly, or you’re slowly learning the delights of the digital world, this series will have something for you. Simon Cox finds out how modern technology touches our lives.
Text Crimes & Forensic Linguistics Anyone can go into an internet cafe, set up a webmail account and start sending messages in somebody else’s name. Similarly, getting a text message from your friend's phone doesn't necessarily mean they wrote it. The digital world makes anonymous communications easier than ever before. It’s something criminals and terrorists have been quick to recognise, using emails or texts to coordinate their efforts, deceive the authorities or even create alibis. Simon talks to forensic linguist Dr Tim Grant about the techniques he uses to identify suspects and ultimately bring them to justice.
Hyperlocal - the future of local newspapers
Everyone from the BBC to local evening papers have recognised that the appetite for local news has never been greater. But whereas many media outlets are still working out how best to satisfy that market, Gazettelive, the website of Teesside’s Evening Gazette, is forging ahead with user generated content tailored to readers postcodes. So does the future for the struggling local newspaper industry lie in turning its readers into online contributors; and is the content they might produce actually worth reading? Click On visits Teesside to hear from the journalists and members of the public working together to deliver this new form of local news, while Simon asks what the implications are for rest of the media and local democracy.
Hermione Cockburn visits Edinburgh University’s Centre for Aquatics Research and Education where they hope to give the next generation of Olympic swimmers the edge over the competition. The secret is all in the ‘glide’, the hidden phase of any race when the submerged swimmer is powering through the water after a dive or a turn. The Edinburgh team have created software which analyses data from underwater cameras to accurately model just how much drag a swimmer is generating. Professor Ross Sanders and Dr Roozbeh Naemi hope that coaches will use their software to train swimmers to become as streamlined as possible, shaving vital hundredths of a second off their times.
Mental Health and the Web
With a reported two thirds of UK homes now online and a quarter of us expected to have mental health problems in our lives, it's obvious where people are likely to go first in search of information or support. But with a vast number of sites on mental health issues on offer, how important is it to chose one that’s credible and above all safe? Simon speaks to Professor Mark Griffiths, a strong advocate of cyber-psychology, and Catherine O’Neil from Anxiety UK, about the issues facing online support services.