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Somewhere on Earth: The Global Tech Podcast is a weekly podcast that looks at technology and how it impacts our daily lives. We tell the untold tech stories from Somewhere on Earth.  We don’t do new toys and gadgets, but look at new trends, new tech and new ways we use that tech in our everyday lives. We discuss how the ever evolving digital world is changing our culture and our societies, but we don’t shy away from the news of the day, looking at the tech behind the top stories affecting our world.  Find a story + Make it News = Change the World.

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Somewhere on Earth: The Global Tech Podcast is a weekly podcast that looks at technology and how it impacts our daily lives. We tell the untold tech stories from Somewhere on Earth.  We don’t do new toys and gadgets, but look at new trends, new tech and new ways we use that tech in our everyday lives. We discuss how the ever evolving digital world is changing our culture and our societies, but we don’t shy away from the news of the day, looking at the tech behind the top stories affecting our world.  Find a story + Make it News = Change the World.

    Is crypto currency supporting terrorism?

    Is crypto currency supporting terrorism?

    Is crypto currency supporting terrorism?
    With the phasing out of cash transactions we’ve seen a rise in digital and other transactions. One of the currencies that’s in the ascendancy are crypto currencies, whose place in the market according to Forbes magazine, has shifted from one of fear to neutral, and now to greed. In other words it’s hugely on the up. After facing some downturns a few years ago, it’s now collectively worth more than a trillion dollars. One of the reasons why people are drawn to crypto currencies is that they can offer a certain freedom from traditional banks and other financial authorities. But this freedom can also turn to anarchy and be used for more worrying purposes, as SOEP’s Shiroma Silva reports.   

    God-like? A 500-Year History of Artificial Intelligence in Myths, Machines, Monsters
    Have we finally built a machine with higher intelligence that ourselves?  That’s one of the issues that author and leading thinker on tech Kester Brewin explores in his latest book.  Kester discusses with Gareth how myths, machines and monsters created over hundreds of years have influenced the development of AI and how we can now learn to live alongside it.

    The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Peter Guest.  

    More on this week's stories:  
    The crypto question and the future of money  
    Kester Brewin 
        
    Support the show
    Editor: Ania Lichtarowicz
    Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
    Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

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    Find a Story + Make it News = Change the World

    • 35 min
    🔒 Is crypto currency supporting terrorism? Subscriber Extra

    🔒 Is crypto currency supporting terrorism? Subscriber Extra

    Subscriber-only episode
    Is crypto currency supporting terrorism?
    With the phasing out of cash transactions we’ve seen a rise in digital and other transactions. One of the currencies that’s in the ascendancy are crypto currencies, whose place in the market according to Forbes magazine, has shifted from one of fear to neutral, and now to greed. In other words it’s hugely on the up. After facing some downturns a few years ago, it’s now collectively worth more than a trillion dollars. One of the reasons why people are drawn to crypto currencies is that they can offer a certain freedom from traditional banks and other financial authorities. But this freedom can also turn to anarchy and be used for more worrying purposes, as SOEP’s Shiroma Silva reports.   

    God-like? A 500-Year History of Artificial Intelligence in Myths, Machines, Monsters
    Have we finally built a machine with higher intelligence that ourselves?  That’s one of the issues that author and leading thinker on tech Kester Brewin explores in his latest book.  Kester discusses with Gareth how myths, machines and monsters created over hundreds of years have influenced the development of AI and how we can now learn to live alongside it.

    The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Peter Guest.  

    More on this week's stories:  
    The crypto question and the future of money  
    Kester Brewin 
    Editor: Ania Lichtarowicz
    Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
    Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

    For new episodes, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or via this link:
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/2265960/supporters/new

    Follow us on all the socials:
    Join our Facebook group Instagram Twitter/X If you like Somewhere on Earth, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts

    Contact us by email: hello@somewhereonearth.co
    Send us a voice note: via WhatsApp: +44 7486 329 484

    Find a Story + Make it News = Change the World

    • 50 min
    Tech stories that matter – what should we be reporting on?

    Tech stories that matter – what should we be reporting on?

    Tech stories that matter – what should we be reporting on?
    A little extra episode for our lovely SOEP Subscribers.  Just over a year ago the BBC axed its flagship global tech radio show – Digital Planet.  A few of the listeners (we did have 1.5million downloads a year BTW) got together in London to reminisce and remember the programme.  Here’s a short recording from that evening where some of the team discussed what stories they would have been covering if Digital Planet was still on air.  Hopefully we’re reporting on them here on Somewhere on Earth – if not let us know what we should be doing!

    This show is presented by Gareth Mitchell with studio experts Ghislaine Boddington and Bill Thompson.
    Support the showEditor: Ania Lichtarowicz
    Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
    Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

    For new episodes, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or via this link:
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    Follow us on all the socials:
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    Find a Story + Make it News = Change the World

    • 12 min
    🔒 YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election - Subscriber Extra

    🔒 YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election - Subscriber Extra

    Subscriber-only episode
    YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election
    A recent joint investigation conducted by Access Now and Global Witness reveals that YouTube is giving its approval to election disinformation ads in India prior to the country's general election. The investigation "Votes will not be counted", discovered that YouTube is endorsing ads that make baseless allegations of electoral fraud, spread lies about voting procedures, and launch attacks on the integrity of the electoral process. The investigation found that a total of 48 ads, submitted in English, Hindi, and Telugu, were in violation of YouTube's policies on election misinformation. Despite YouTube's claim to review ad content before allowing them to be published, every single ad was approved for publication on the platform. Shruti Narayan, Asia Pacific Policy Fellow at Access Now and Henry Peck, Campaigner on Digital Threats from Global Witness, and one of the authors of the report are on the show.   

     VPNs in run up to elections - keeping voters connected
    This year four billion people have the right to vote in national elections in over 60 countries - the biggest number ever and a crucial moment for democracy itself. But many of these elections will be held in countries where censorship and misinformation campaigns have plagued their  government's history and internet access has been denied in the run up to voting. Proton VPN will be providing free access to servers to ensure that people stay connected. Samuele Kaplun and Antonio Cesarano from Proton VPN explain how they are protecting those countries at risk of disruption online.

    The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Peter Guest.     
    More on this week's stories:
    YouTube approves disinformation ads in India  
    Free VPN servers before elections


    Editor: Ania Lichtarowicz
    Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
    Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

    For new episodes, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or via this link:
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/2265960/supporters/new

    Follow us on all the socials:
    Join our Facebook group Instagram Twitter/X If you like Somewhere on Earth, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts

    Contact us by email: hello@somewhereonearth.co
    Send us a voice note: via WhatsApp: +44 7486 329 484

    Find a Story + Make it News = Change the World

    • 48 min
    YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election

    YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election

    YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election
    A recent joint investigation conducted by Access Now and Global Witness reveals that YouTube is giving its approval to election disinformation ads in India prior to the country's general election. The investigation "Votes will not be counted", discovered that YouTube is endorsing ads that make baseless allegations of electoral fraud, spread lies about voting procedures, and launch attacks on the integrity of the electoral process. The investigation found that a total of 48 ads, submitted in English, Hindi, and Telugu, were in violation of YouTube's policies on election misinformation. Despite YouTube's claim to review ad content before allowing them to be published, every single ad was approved for publication on the platform.  Shruti Narayan, Asia Pacific Policy Fellow at Access Now and Henry Peck, Campaigner on Digital Threats from Global Witness, and one of the authors of the report are on the show.   

    VPNs in run up to elections - keeping voters connected
    This year four billion people have the right to vote in national elections in over 60 countries - the biggest number ever and a crucial moment for democracy itself. But many of these elections will be held in countries where censorship and misinformation campaigns have plagued their  government's history and internet access has been denied in the run up to voting. Proton VPN will be providing free access to servers to ensure that people stay connected. Samuele Kaplun and Antonio Cesarano from Proton VPN explain how they are protecting those countries at risk of disruption online.

    The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Peter Guest.     

    More on this week's stories:
    YouTube approves disinformation ads in India  
    Free VPN servers before elections
    Climate ConfidentWith a new episode every Wed morning, the Climate Confident podcast is weekly podcast...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    Support the show
    Editor: Ania Lichtarowicz
    Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
    Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

    For new episodes, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or via this link:
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/2265960/supporters/new

    Follow us on all the socials:
    Join our Facebook group Instagram Twitter/X If you like Somewhere on Earth, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts

    Contact us by email: hello@somewhereonearth.co
    Send us a voice note: via WhatsApp: +44 7486 329 484

    Find a Story + Make it News = Change the World

    • 35 min
    SOEP meets Dame Steve Shirley – a coding female pioneer

    SOEP meets Dame Steve Shirley – a coding female pioneer

    SOEP meets Dame Steve Shirley – a coding female pioneer
    Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley is a game changer in whatever she does and we were delighted that she agreed to chat to Somewhere on Earth.  She arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee on the Kindertransport in 1939. She convinced her all girls’ school to allow her to learn maths at the boys’ school and in 1962 started a software business from her dining table which grew to have 8,500 employees and was worth US$3bn. The company initially only employed women working from home. Since retiring in 1993, Dame Stephanie’s life has been dedicated to philanthropy in IT and autism including setting up the Oxford Internet Institute.  

    Brazil’s Supercomputer to predict natural disasters
    Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) has finally received funding for a new supercomputer that will significantly improve climate forecasting.  The new supercomputer is 15 times more powerful than the institute’s current one and scientists hope it can help the country deal with a massive rise in extreme weather events – last year they averaged more than three a day.  Angelica Mari speaks to Clezio Nardin, Inpe’s Director about the project.

    The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Angelica Mari.   

    More on this week's stories:
    Dame Steve Shirley
    Brazil’s New Supercomputer



    Climate ConfidentWith a new episode every Wed morning, the Climate Confident podcast is weekly podcast...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
    Support the show
    Editor: Ania Lichtarowicz
    Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
    Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

    For new episodes, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or via this link:
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/2265960/supporters/new

    Follow us on all the socials:
    Join our Facebook group Instagram Twitter/X If you like Somewhere on Earth, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts

    Contact us by email: hello@somewhereonearth.co
    Send us a voice note: via WhatsApp: +44 7486 329 484

    Find a Story + Make it News = Change the World

    • 35 min

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