ALEKS IN WONDERLAND: THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET - INTERNET OF THINGS (96kbs-m4a/19mb/26mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 18th September 2017
Can we Control the Dark Side of the Internet?
The Internet is the world's most widely used communications tool. It’s a fast and efficient way of delivering information. However it is also quite dumb, neutral, treating equally all the data it passes around the world. From data that forms scientific research papers, the wealth of social media to keep us all connected with friends and relatives, entertainment or material we would rather not see- from political propaganda to horrific violence, the Internet makes no distinction.
Is it time to change that? And can we?
In this programme Aleks Krotoski looks at whether it’s possible to use technological fixes to regulate the internet or whether a more political approach is needed to governance of this vital but flawed communications medium.
Picture: Human Hand Using Application on Mobile Phone, Credit: Onfokus