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.
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.
It was recently revealed by a former NSA employee that their eavesdropping program has closely spied on American journalists.
Music for this show was provided by Heather Perkins.
- Title: eWaste and "Green" Energy
- Year: 2008
- Producer: Scot Condry, Marc de Giere, Lisa Lewis, Randall Howington, and Lisa Loving
- Length: 55:04 minutes (18.91 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 48Kbps (CBR)
This program begins with a roundup of technology news from around the world and then provides in-depth feature stories from a variety of reporters.
In our pilot show we cover the recent elections - how technology was used to get out the vote and also prevent it. We feature an interview with one of the communications collective members for those who protested the Republican National Convention. We'll also hear from Tim Jones of the Electronic Frontier Foundation on what to expect from an Obama administration and what changes they are proposing be made to improve our digital civil liberties.
Music provided by Wishyunu
- Title: The Digital Divide: Technology and the Elections
- Year: 2008
- Producer: Marc de Giere, Scot Condry, Lisa Lewis, Randall Howington, Lisa Loving
- Length: 52:07 minutes (23.86 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Recorded live in the KBOO studios on October 14th, 2008, Sarah Vowell, author and This American Life contributor, joins host Rabia Yeaman to discuss her latest book, The Wordy Shipmates.