The Digital Divide

How do the latest technologies affect our communities? How can we use science to benefit society and how do we keep it from harming us?

KBOO's The Digital Divide attempts to answer these questions and ask a few of our own through interviews, recordings, and commentary. The show touches upon such issues as open source, privacy, transparency, intellectual property, free speech, accessibility, hacking, net neutrality, file sharing, piracy, social networking, pollution, bioethics and more.

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The Digital Divide on 11/12/10

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Fri, 11/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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What the Internet is doing to our brains, and bed bug sniffing dogs

Dave interviews Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, What the Internet is doing to our brains, and Rabia yeaman speaks with Leigh Ann Coleman, owner of Pest detection NW, and Molly, about the science of bed bug sniffing dogs

The Digital Divide on 09/10/10

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Digital Divide for September 2010 - Open Source and Social Media Activism

This month on the Digital Divide, Dave DeAngelis speaks with two guests about how open source technology can be used to improve education. First, Bryant Patten of the National Center for Open Source and Education discusses how to provide students with better technology education and collaborative team skills. Then, Mark Frischmuth of Democracy Lab, discusses how to produce better education policy outcomes.

The Digital Divide on 08/13/10

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Open Source Software and Girls in Tech
If you use computers and the internet, chances are you use open source software. Whether its word processing with OpenOffice, browsing the internet with Firefox, or serving up web pages with Apache, there's an open source solution for just about any problem. But can open source help us build a better voting system?

Dave DeAngelis speaks with Greg Miller of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation about creating an open source, publicly owned, and trustworthy voting technology for any U.S. elections jurisdiction.

The Digital Divide on 08/13/10

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Digital Divide for August 2010

If you use computers and internet, chances are you use open source software. Whether its word processing with OpenOffice, browsing the internet with Firefox, or serving up web pages with Apache, there's an open source solution for just about any problem. But can open source help us build a better voting system?

Dave DeAngelis speaks with Greg Miller of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation about creating an open source, publicly owned, and trustworthy voting technology for any U.S. elections jurisdiction.

We'll also hear a recorded talk with Howard Rhinegold, Professor at Stanford and Berkeley, about how open source software encourages collaborative thinking and development.

The Digital Divide on 06/11/10

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The proliferation of surveillance and profiling programs, and the growing bed bug epidemic in Oregon

Dave DeAngelis interviews Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Shahid Buttar about the proliferation of domestic surveillance and profiling programs since Sept. 11, 2001. We'll discuss how our civil liberties have been eroded, and actions you can take to stem the tide of the ever-expanding surveillance state.

The Digital Divide on 06/11/10

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Digital Divide for June 2010

Tune in to the Digital Divide this Friday, June 11, 2010. Dave DeAngeles speaks with Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee regarding the ever increasing domestic surveillance techniques. How far are we willing to allow the government to document all of our movements and conversations in exchange for percieved security. Do full body scanners in Airports cross the line in regard to invading our personal privacy.

Rabia Yeaman interviews Chris Wirth at Multnomah County Public Health about a small but insidious topic keeping thousands of people awake at night: Bed Bugs. Learn what you need to know about this growing epidemic across the U.S and right here in Portland, OR.

You will be able to listen to the archived audio online. Search Digital Divide June.

The Digital Divide on 05/14/10

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Fri, 05/14/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Examining the social, political and environmental implications of science & technology in our world.

This Friday, May 14th, tune in to the Digital Divide, KBOO's locally produced technology program focusing on the latest innovation and news in technology, medicine, science and the environment.

This month, Dave DeAngelis speaks with Jim Brau of the University of Oregon about the latest news in high-energy particle physics including the unification of forces, the mystery of dark matter, and the nature of mass.

Rabia Yeaman will be joined by KBOO's web coordinator, Dan Gurin about upcoming additions and enhancements to KBOO's web site.

The Digital Divide on 03/12/10

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Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Examining the social, political and environmental implications of science & technology in our world.

Tune into the Digital Divide, Friday, March 12 at 11 am.

This month Dave DeAngelis interviews Nuclear waste expert Kevin Kamps regarding President Obama's plans to build new nuclear power plants. We'll also hear from MAPPs Kevin Henken about his organization's federally approved research with MDMA, Psyllosibin and LSD in clinical theraputic settings. And well listen to a talk with Howard Rheingold, Professor at Stanford and UC Berkely on "Search engines, critical thinking and elementary school students." So tune in to the Digital Divide, this Friday at 11 am on KBOO 90.7 FM, kboo.fm on the web.
 

You can listen online in the archives.

The Digital Divide on 01/08/10

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Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Digital Divide is off this month. Instead we'll hear an interview with journalist James Ridgeway about his article, "Who's Getting Rich From the Naked Full-Body Scanner Boom?" We'll speak with Washington State Congressman Brian Baird, who recently announced that he would not seek reelection.
And we hear an interview with Freeway Ricky Ross, who was recently released from prison after serving 20 years for drug trafficking. He describes how he sold millions of dollars worth of drugs in Los Angeles. His connection was a CIA operative.

 

The Digital Divide on 12/11/09

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What is climate change?

In the aftermath of damaging hacked emails between climate scientists, and as global leaders and community activists convernge in Copenhagen, we take a step away from the politics to look at the science behind studying climate change.  While global warming has risen in the past decades from being viewed as a crazy idea from the environmental left to a global concern unifying the naitons of the world, sceptics still claim that "bad science" is being used to support this effort.

We hear from Andrew Rice, a professor of physics at Portland State University, to learn exactly what concepts and techniques scientists have used to produce data that supports the evidence that climate change is occuring in direction that will negativly impact the planet.

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The Science Behind Greenhouse Gasses and Climate Change

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Fri, 12/11/2009

The corporate media has created a frenzy around leaked emails between climate scientists.  Meanwhile, global leaders and community activists convernge in Copenhagen.  Yet this month we take a step away from the politics to look at the science behind studying climate change.  While the concept of global warming has emerged from once being viewed as an unfounded cause from the environmental left to now a global concern unifying the naitons of the world, sceptics still claim that "bad science" is being used to support this effort.

We hear from Andrew Rice, a professor of physics at Portland State University who studies greenhouse gasses, to learn exactly what concepts and techniques scientists have used to produce data that supports the evidence that climate change is occuring in direction that will negativly impact the planet.  He and his students have been comparing the carbon dioxide levels of Portland's atmosphere to surrounding regions, as well as studying the carbon footprint of PSU.

Scientific Resources
Environmental Protection Agency's Findings
Oregon's Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
RealClimate Blog by Climate Scientists
Opinion Study of Climate Scientists
YouTube Video Series Explaining Basics and Debunking Myths

Activism Resources
56 Newspapers Publish Editorial Calling for Action
Rising Tide
Climate Justice Action

 
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Nikki Giovanni Talks about Going to Mars

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Fri, 10/09/2009

Renowned Grammy-nominated poet, Nikki Giovanni, discusses going to Mars from a Clark College performance on our space-themed show.

Gathering Outside OMSI Moon Simulcast

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Fri, 10/09/2009

NASA's bombing of the moon was set to take place at 4:31 AM.  For our membership drive special, we'll covered the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite or LCROSS mission.

In this audio, we hear from the crowd gathered outside OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  OMSI had announced that they would be providing a video simulcast of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite impact on to the Moon.  However, many who showed up to watch were locked out and stuck in the cold to try and look up and view with the naked eye.  As the crowd grew restless, a group of protesters and mock counter-protesters arrived to debate the moon's plight.

Reactions on Eve of Moon Bombing

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Fri, 10/09/2009

On the eve of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite or LCROSS mission, we ask people around Portland how they feel about the moon's bombing.

The purpose of the LCROSS mission is to send a spacecraft to impact the moon at high velocity and observe the impact and resulting cloud of debris to detect water.

You can read more about LCROSS on the NASA website.

Dr. Epstein on Preventable Causes of Cancer & Toxic Products

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Fri, 09/11/2009

Have you ever been bothered by someone’s perfume? Has a hair product ever bothered your skin? How about X-Rays? Do you get nervous when your x-ray is taken?

On this show, we’ll learn that these reactions may be warning of you for a reason.

Immediately preceding President Obama’s recent Address on Health Care Reform, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a breast cancer survivor, hosted a congressional event. The event focused on her proposed Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or EARLY act.

Like many survivors, she’s concerned about the early detection of breast cancer. But in the industry of medicine, health isn’t always at the top of the list. We also hear how x-rays could be causing the very disease they are intended to prevent.

But first, we take a scientific look at the cosmetic market today, the variety of modern products available, and discover out how there’s a lot more to worry about than a little irritation.

Doctor Samuel Epstein is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He is also Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. He recently spoke with the Politics and Science show of WMRW.

To find out more about Dr. Epstein please visit PreventCancer.com

Since this recording, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s EARLY act has gathered more than 360 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and more than 30 in the Senate. The EARLY Act would implement a national education campaign about the risks that young adult women face from breast cancer. The bill would also provide assistance to young women who have the disease.

Free Speech Around the World

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Thu, 07/09/2009

How is technology used to empower or supress democracy?  On The Digital Divide we've analyzed how the NSA and other agencies have supressed our privacy and free speech here in the United States, but what about the rest of the world?

This month, we'll take a look at the recent elections in Iran and the political crisis in Honduras to find importantance of the media and communication networks in the fight for freedom.

We'll also hear stories of censoriship and surveillence from China, Israel, Egypt and more.

Thanks to Bubbles for the music provided in this piece.  This music is licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License

More resources on the topics:

Biometric database to be formed in Israel
 

How We Interact Online

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Mon, 06/08/2009

Today we’ll be examining how the internet has changed the way people interact with one another.

Our first story comes to us from The Old Mole Varity Hour where Women's Studies Professor Brooke Campbell spoke with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about recent controversies over erotic services offered on the online bulletin board, Craigslist.

Next we look at what it means to move our lives online.  We’ve found a way to do everything over the internet, and for many, its becoming a concerning issue that so much of our interaction has become virtual. Spoken word performer Jello Biafra took aim at online social networking at the recent Hacker’s on Planet Earth conference.

Finally, we take a look at e-racism.  It’s become clear that society’s problems have followed us online. At the SXSW Interactive conference this year, panelists took on the topic of racism. Latoya Peterson of Racialicious.com moderated a panel that included Jay Smooth of WBAI's Underground Railroad and Phil Yu of the Angry Asian Man blog.
 

Copyright Criminals

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Mon, 05/04/2009

Copyright Criminals

Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport, is a documentary produced by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod.  The film examines the creative and commercial value of music sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and of course money.
 
The film showcases many of hip hop's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and The Digital Underground as well as an in depth look at the artists who have been sampled such as Clyde Stubblefield and George Clinton.
 
On April 15th 2009, the University of Oregon hosted a free screening of the film  in Portland.
 
Afterwards, producer Kembrew McLeod and Portland designer and ex-Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen discussed the film and took questions from the audience.
 
Karen Munro, head of the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons emceed the event.

More information can be found at: www.copyrightcriminals.com

Music for this month's show: Brigitte Bijoux

 

The Future of Communications and Work

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Wed, 02/18/2009

This month, The Digital Divide looks at ways people are putting communications back in the hands of the community and how technology is shaping the future of how we work.

First, we speak with the Personal Telco Project, a Portland nonprofit dedicated to the idea that people should have a bigger say in how their electronic networks are operated. They began in 2000 by turning people's houses and apartments into wireless hotspots (or "nodes"), and then set about building networks in public locations such as parks and coffee shops. We'll also take a look at the failed MetroFi attempt to cover Portland and hear recent news about another wireless provider, Clearwire.

Next, we hear a talk from the hacker CypherGhost on how modern automation allows you to send a letter 3000 miles for only 42 cents and what security vulnerabilities might exist in that infrastructure. He shares how the new "PLANET" barcode will track all mail in the future.

We also look at how technology is changing the future of work.  Remote knowledge workers of today need to not only be in constant contact with their companies and customers—they also need to collaborate with their peers and managers. The future of work, hosted by Amber Case and Bram Pitoyo, interviews Kristin Wolff from the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and Nate Di Niro from Earth Class Mail about the impact of technologies on the life of telecommuting employees.

Does Technology Invade Your Privacy?

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Wed, 01/21/2009

This month the Digital Divide show looks at issues of privacy and hosts a live on-air discussion.

We examine recent developments in federal spying cases, and hear about a local charity that has suffered from NSA wiretapping.  We also hear a report from the Riseup collective that aims to provide secure communication services for the social justice community.

Then we share your opinions on these isses, which are submitted via email and twitter.  We also see what people hope to come for technology in 2009.

 

Update:
It was recently revealed by a former NSA employee that their eavesdropping program has closely spied on American journalists.

 

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