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.
Climate Change Conspiracy Theorists Are Today’s Flat Earthers
Detailed Commentary on Hacked Emails
- Artist: The Digital Divide
- Title: The Science Behind Greenhouse Gasses and Climate Change
- Length: 64:33 minutes (29.55 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Renowned Grammy-nominated poet, Nikki Giovanni, discusses going to Mars from a Clark College performance on our space-themed show.
- Title: Nikki Giovanni Talks about Going to Mars
- Length: 4:27 minutes (4.07 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
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.
- Title: Gathering Outside OMSI Moon Simulcast
- Length: 2:33 minutes (2.33 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
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.
- Title: Reactions on Eve of Moon Bombing
- Length: 4:35 minutes (4.2 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
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.
- Title: Dr. Epstein on Preventable Causes of Cancer & Toxic Products
- Length: 43:48 minutes (40.1 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
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.
More resources on the topics:
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: 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
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.