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Digital Planet

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Digital Planet
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Technological and digital news from around the world.

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Tax on connectivity in Africa

Tax on Connectivity Taxes on internet and mobile access are on the rise across Africa, according to the Alliance for Affordable Internet. After a daily levy was introduced on social media services in Uganda for example, internet subscriptions fell by 2.5 million. Eleanor Sarpong, Deputy Director at the Alliance for Affordable Internet explains how it’s the poorest and women who are being hardest hit. Kibera Stories Brian Otieno has been using photography to redefine his hometown’s visual narrative, looking beyond the poverty, crime and hardship of Kibera on the outskirts of Narirobi. One day, Brian was scrolling through pictures of his area on his phone and all he saw was deep poverty, whereas he would look around Kibera and see beautiful scenery and aimed to do photography that would “leave a lasting impression on people’s minds”. Green Monkeys Scientists have found that green monkeys in Senegal make the same alarm calls when they see drones as another population of green monk...

41 MIN1 days ago
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Tax on connectivity in Africa

Fleeing Saudi women tracked by mobiles

Cell phones used to track runaway Saudi women Saudi Arabia is hunting down women who flee the country by tracking the IMEI number on their cellphones, according to an article on the website Business Insider. Reporter Bill Bostock is in the studio to explain how he was told by runaway women that the authorities IMEI numbers on mobile phones to try and find the. Sir Dermot Turing - who really did invent the first computer? Alan Turing is often credited as being the father of modern computing after designing the Bombe, an electromechanical machine used to speed up the decoding effort at Bletchley Park in WW2. His nephew, Dermot, in his book "x, y, z; The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken” tells Digital Planet that his uncle’s efforts were significantly helped by the Polish mathematicians who broke the Enigma code and a little known Englishman, whose work paved the way for the technology of today. Poland's IT development forging So is Poland still pushing the boundaries in maths and...

41 MIN1 weeks ago
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Fleeing Saudi women tracked by mobiles

Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

A work permit for the unfinished church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, 137 years after construction started has been issued. Tristam Carfrae, deputy chair of engineering and design company ARUP tells us how technology will help complete the original design of the Sagrada Família basilica. Africa Tech – Increasing African IT Skills A new report shows that the demand for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster rate than in other markets. Entitled Digital Skills in sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana, it estimates that 230 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030. One of the authors of the report – Maryanna Abdo – explains how most workers will need to retrain across their careers in the future. Oluwatobi Otokiti, technology product manager from Andela.com, joins us in the studio to tell us how they are promoting African IT talent across the continent. They have offices in seven countries and they run training c...

38 MIN2 weeks ago
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Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

Latest Episodes

Tax on connectivity in Africa

Tax on Connectivity Taxes on internet and mobile access are on the rise across Africa, according to the Alliance for Affordable Internet. After a daily levy was introduced on social media services in Uganda for example, internet subscriptions fell by 2.5 million. Eleanor Sarpong, Deputy Director at the Alliance for Affordable Internet explains how it’s the poorest and women who are being hardest hit. Kibera Stories Brian Otieno has been using photography to redefine his hometown’s visual narrative, looking beyond the poverty, crime and hardship of Kibera on the outskirts of Narirobi. One day, Brian was scrolling through pictures of his area on his phone and all he saw was deep poverty, whereas he would look around Kibera and see beautiful scenery and aimed to do photography that would “leave a lasting impression on people’s minds”. Green Monkeys Scientists have found that green monkeys in Senegal make the same alarm calls when they see drones as another population of green monk...

41 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Tax on connectivity in Africa

Fleeing Saudi women tracked by mobiles

Cell phones used to track runaway Saudi women Saudi Arabia is hunting down women who flee the country by tracking the IMEI number on their cellphones, according to an article on the website Business Insider. Reporter Bill Bostock is in the studio to explain how he was told by runaway women that the authorities IMEI numbers on mobile phones to try and find the. Sir Dermot Turing - who really did invent the first computer? Alan Turing is often credited as being the father of modern computing after designing the Bombe, an electromechanical machine used to speed up the decoding effort at Bletchley Park in WW2. His nephew, Dermot, in his book "x, y, z; The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken” tells Digital Planet that his uncle’s efforts were significantly helped by the Polish mathematicians who broke the Enigma code and a little known Englishman, whose work paved the way for the technology of today. Poland's IT development forging So is Poland still pushing the boundaries in maths and...

41 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Fleeing Saudi women tracked by mobiles

Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

A work permit for the unfinished church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, 137 years after construction started has been issued. Tristam Carfrae, deputy chair of engineering and design company ARUP tells us how technology will help complete the original design of the Sagrada Família basilica. Africa Tech – Increasing African IT Skills A new report shows that the demand for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster rate than in other markets. Entitled Digital Skills in sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana, it estimates that 230 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030. One of the authors of the report – Maryanna Abdo – explains how most workers will need to retrain across their careers in the future. Oluwatobi Otokiti, technology product manager from Andela.com, joins us in the studio to tell us how they are promoting African IT talent across the continent. They have offices in seven countries and they run training c...

38 MIN2 weeks ago
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Sagrada Família: Can tech complete the build of the basilica?

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