The physical reality of our digital world - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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  1. Future Tense - Thursday 20 October 2011 - Radio National

    Future Tense is essential listening for those interested in exploring the social, cultural, political and economic fault lines arising from rapid change. The weekly half-hour program/podcast takes a critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking. From politics to media to environmental sustainability, nothing is outside its brief. Future Tense explores the issues and provides critical analysis, offering an insight into how our world is changing and how we in turn are learning to adapt.

    THE RETURN OF THE JET-PACK It was a staple of scifi in the 1950s and 60s- the strap on jet-pack. But despite the excitement jet-packs never quite caught on! But now a New Zealand inventor has developed a prototype, which is set to be the world’s first commercially available jet-pack.

    THE TRAFFIC INTERNET Automotive engineer Peter Maskus has a plan to build a traffic internet - a series of very narrow vacuum tubes to suck people from one destination to another in a specially built vehicle.

    A US company is planning to build a purpose built mid-sized American city - with no people. The Centre for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation will test new intelligent and green technologies in a unique environment.

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  2. LSE Public Lecture | Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet

    Speaker(s): Andrew Blum
    Chair: Dr Ellen Helsper

    Recorded on 3 July 2012 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

    The internet is not some abstract "cloud" of connectivity - it exists in tubes - on the ground and under the sea. Andrew Blum explains how the internet exists in the real world and makes the case for why we all need to understand this.

    This event celebrates the publication of Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet.

    Andrew Blum is a correspondent at Wired (U.S.) magazine whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

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  3. Digital archaeology and the temporary nature of technology - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    As our fast paced digital world continues what does that mean for the way we think about preserving things like old webpages and obsolete media formats. Are there possible lessons from our digital past for our digital future? We explore the fragility of our electronic data and also the temporary nature of the technology we use to access it. We also join the excavation of a 1970s computer chip - called the 6502!

    Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor of Digital Environments at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.
    Jim Boulton, Curator of the ‘Digital Archaeology’ exhibition and Deputy Managing Director of Story Worldwide.
    Greg James, Digital archaeologist, part of the visual 6502 team and software engineer.
    Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive.
    Paul Koerbin, Manager of web archiving at the National Library of Australia.

    Further Information:
    Finn Brunton’s profile (

    Finn Brunton interview on ‘dead media’ (

    The Internet Archive (

    Pandora Archive (

    Digital Archaeology Exhibition (

    Visual 6502 Project (

    Archaeology Magazine feature on digital archaeology (

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  4. The battle for information control - RN Future Tense - 13 October 2011

    What role do states play in the regulation of the Internet? And where’s the balance between the push for open data and individual privacy? UK journalist and information campaigner Heather Brooke explores those questions in her book The Revolution Will Be Digitised.
    Guests :
    Heather Brooke, Journalist, author and freedom of information campaigner.

    Further Information :
    Heather Brooke’s website (

    Publications :
    Title : The Revolution Will Be Digitised; Dispatches from the Information War
    Author : Heather Brooke
    Publisher : Random House Australia

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  5. Data flows and data usage - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In a digital world everything you do online produces data in one form or another. And reading that data and making the best use of it is big business—especially for marketers and advertisers. We look at some of the interesting ways online data is being corralled and used—everything from measuring happiness to monitoring real-time traffic flows.

    Guests: Jonathan Barouch, CEO & Founder of Roamz.

    Dr Duncan Watts, Author and Principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directs the Human Social Dynamics group.

    George Mackerron, Researcher at University College London and the London School of Economics.

    Catherine Caruana-McManus, Smarter Cities Executive IBM Australia.

    Further Information:
    Duncan Watts profile (
    Mappiness (
    Roamz (
    IBM Smart Cities Australia (

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  6. The Information Bingers - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    We often hear the term ‘information overload’ but is it a case of over-consumption as much as filter failure? There’s a school of thought that says we now take in information in the same way we consume fast food—without control or moderation.

    Ann Blair, Harvard College Professor, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History.

    Clay Johnson, Author of The Information Diet and co-founder of Blue State Digital.

    Robert Hillard, Partner at Deloitte Enterprise Information Management, National Leader of Technology Consulting & author of the ‘Information Driven Business’.

    Caroline Webb, Partner and Leadership Coach at Mckinsey and Company (London).

    Title: The Information Diet
    Author: Clay Johnson
    Publisher: O’Reilly Media

    Title: The Information Driven Business
    Author: Robert Hillard
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

    Further Information:
    The Information Diet (

    Robert Hillard’s blog (

    Mckinsey article: Recovering from information overload (

    Ann Blair’s profile (

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  7. Who should control the Internet? - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    A growing number of countries want to change the way the Internet is controlled. Opponents claim it’s about greater government control. But just how serious is the threat?

    Ever heard of the International Telecommunications Union? No? Well it’s a relatively obscure UN body which some countries are pushing to take greater control of the Internet (read China, Russia, Iran). The idea is to centralise governance.

    Those opposed claim it’s about greater government control of the Internet, and they’ve launched a pre-emptive attack ahead of the ITU’s next meeting in December 2012. But just how serious is the threat? We take you to the first Australian Internet Governance Forum.

    NOTE: The Australian Internet Governance Forum assisted Future Tense in travelling to the event. They had no role in editorial or content decisions relating to this program.

    Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA, ICANN Board Director and member of the UN Secretary General’s Internet Governance Forum Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    Kurt Wimmer, Partner with Washington DC law firm Covington and Burling LLP and privacy and data security expert.

    David Farrar, Chair, Internet New Zealand Public Policy Committee, political and technology commentator and Editor of Kiwiblog.

    Iarla Flynn, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Australia and New Zealand for Google.

    Alastair MacGibbon, Director, Centre for Internet Security at the University of Canberra.

    Roger Clarke, Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation

    Further Information:
    Australian Internet Governance 2012 Conference (
    Foreign Policy article on the UN and the Internet (
    Guardian Newspaper article on Internet control (
    International Telecommunications Union 2012 Dubai Conference (
    Kurt Wimmer’s profile (
    Australian Domain Administration (
    Canberra University’s Centre for Internet Security (
    Australian Privacy Foundation (
    Australian Attorney General statement on potential National Security Legislation reforms (
    Kiwiblog (

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  8. Sunday 19 February 2012 - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In this program we look at the history and future of spam. It’s the curse of the modern information age and the bad news is that there’s more of it to come. But what is spam? How is it changing? Who’s sending it? And why do they think so many of us need Viagra or a penis enlargement!

    Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor of Digital Environments at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

    Chris Kanich, PhD Candidate in the University of California (San Diego’s) Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

    Julia Cornwell Mckean, Manager Anti-Spam Team, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

    Eve Edelson, author of Scamorama: Turning the Tables on Email Scammers and creator of the Scamorama website.

    Title: Scamorama: Turning the tables on email scammers
    Author: Eve Edelson
    Publisher: Disinformation

    Track: You got mail
    Artist: Soulja Boy
    Album: You got mail

    Further Information:
    Finn Brunton’s profile (
    ACMA Anti-Spam Webpage (
    Chris Kanich’s profile (
    Scambaiting video (
    419 Eater Website (
    Scamorama Website (

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  9. Q&A: Vint Cerf on future of IP, cloud and Interplanetary Internet

    Vint Cerf takes his title of Internet Evangelist for Google seriously. He is knee-deep in several projects to bring the next versions of the "Internet" into the world, including IPv6 adoption and the creation of a new extraterrestrial Internet, the so-called "InterPlaNetary Internet." At the annual Digital Broadband Migration conference in Boulder, Colo., Vint sat down with Network World’s Julie Bort to discuss the future of IP, home networking, the Interplanetary Internet, cloud computing standards and other topics. (15:19)

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