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China makes face recognition compulsory for cell phone users
Improving crop yields with mobile phones
Mobile phones are improving lives and yields for millions of farmers around the world.
Digital Planet’s 18th Birthday Show
We return to our special 18th birthday show from the BBC Radio Theatre.
Why is AI so far from perfect?
Why is AI so far from perfect and what can be done to improve it?
South Africa power cuts
Power cuts in South Africa are plunging the country into darkness and possible recession.
Tech tracking Australian fires
An app that tracks bush fires in Australia is proving vital in staying safe
Internet shutdowns cost $8bn in 2019
A new report estimates that internet shutdowns cost $8bn in 2019
Internet partially restored in Kashmir
Following a court ruling in India the internet has been partially restored in Kashmir.
Drones dealing with locust swarms
Drones are collecting real time data on the massive locust swarms in Africa and India
Repairing Voyager 2
NASA scientists have repaired Voyager 2 which is currently 18bn km away from Earth
Countering bias, sexism and trolling online
Ethiopia’s new law banning online hate speech
Ethiopia has introduced a new law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation online.
Will digital sobriety help reduce energy use?
Will digital sobriety and keeping our handsets longer help reduce energy use?
Covid-19 makes tech events go virtual
An increasing number of tech events are going virtual to reduce transmission of COVID-19
Coronovirus tech handbook online
The coronavirus tech handbook continues to grow online.
A digital tracker that monitors new surveillance
A digital tracker to monitor surveillance implemented by governments to curb COVID-19.
Covid-19 cyber attacks rise
Cyber attacks relating to the coronavirus pandemic are increasing around the world
Internet and journalist reporting freedom curtailed
A new online map is recording where journalists are restricted in reporting on COVID-19.
Supercomputers seeking solutions for Covid-19
The world’s most powerful supercomputers are seeking solutions for Covid-19
Could fitness trackers track COVID-19?
Could data from wearable fitness trackers track COVID-19?
Privacy concerns over contact tracing apps
Can coronavirus contact tracing apps be made without revealing our personal data?
Chinese mobile data predicts Covid-19 Spread
Using mobile phone data, researchers can predict the spread of Covid-19 through China
Spain’s many COVID-19 apps
Spain currently has nine different COVID-19 tracing apps. Which type of app is preferable?
EdTech is transforming learning across the globe. How do you choose which tools to use?
Hacking internet-enabled cars
Internet enabled cars could be vulnerable to hackers taking full control
Digital exclusion in Brazil
The digital divide in Brazil leaves its poorest citizens without access to health advice.
Algorithm activism – a new type of protest
Algorithm activism is becoming increasingly popular, we find out how it’s being done.
Is this the end of facial recognition tech?
Facial recognition – what’s the future for the technology?
Nigerian internet land rights costs fall
Nigerian land rights costs fall by 96% in one state reducing internet costs significantly
Exploring digital death
Digital death; how COVID-19 has forced us to update death rituals, moving grieving online
Can we make the web a better space?
A special programme on Web Science and why it matters
Ethiopia’s continuing online censorship
The internet shutdown in Ethiopia is entering its 3rd week.
Covid 19: Mapping changing sentiment in tweets
From fear to anger and hope, millions of tweets reveal changing views on the pandemic
Tracking the trolls
Machine learning can now spot online trolls, and help defend voters in future elections.
Why India can’t work from home
What the challenges of home-working mean during and after the pandemic in India.
A year without internet in Kashmir
Government restrictions mean a year of web restrictions for 15 million people in Kashmir
Analysing the UK government’s flawed formula used to predict children’s exam grades
Scammers scamming the scammers
How leaked conversations from online forums show credit card thieves conning each other.
AI captain to sail the Atlantic
A crewless ship is due to set sail across the Atlantic with an AI captain on board
Keeping the structure of the internet safe
How do lockdowns and restrictions on the internet impact it’s stability globally?
Mapping Covid-19 to your phone
Google Maps has launched a new Covid-19 layer – but is it as accurate as it could be?
Can AI predict criminal behaviour?
Could AI algorithms really identify offenders? A number of schemes are scrapped in the US
Predicting US elections results every hour
A new model predicts the US election result every hour using betting data
Go Viral! online game
Spreading misinformation in the game Go Viral!
Why do we vote with paper in the age of the smart phone?
Most voting in elections worldwide is done with paper ballots, and for good reason.
Who is most susceptible to fake news?
Study into fake Covid-19 news shows Twitter is a fertile platform for conspiracy believers
Voyager 2 contacted after seven months
The Voyager 2 spacecraft has been contacted after seven months of radio silence.
Video games can be good for you
Playing video games is positively linked with wellbeing according to new research.
Increase in stalkerware installations
Stalkerware use - software that tracks a user’s device without their consent - is rising.
Almost two-thirds of the world’s population now online
Almost two-thirds of the world’s population is online according to a new report.
Is the internet affordable where you live?
Is the internet affordable where you live – prices fall by half in 5 years, says report.
Dispelling COVID-19 vaccine myths online
Dispelling COVID-19 vaccine myths online – should social media platforms be doing more?
Solar grid brings power to Yemen
A solar grid, run by women, brings power to Yemen
The best tech stories of 2020
The best tech of 2020 including Kivuwatt, internet shutdowns and digital death.
Blindness in the digital age
Technological and digital news from around the world.
Has tech been compromised in the US Capitol?
Has tech been compromised during the storming of the US Capitol?