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Somewhere on Earth: The Global Tech Podcast is a weekly podcast that looks at technology and how it impacts our daily lives. We tell the untold tech stories from Somewhere on Earth.  We don’t do new toys and gadgets, but look at new trends, new tech and new ways we use that tech in our everyday lives.

We discuss how the ever evolving digital world is changing our culture and our societies, but we don’t shy away from the news of the day, looking at the tech behind the top stories affecting our world.
 
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Send us a Text Message.Who is behind the big hack attacks? More than 100 organisations around the world are believed to have been hacked in ransomware attacks since 2022 by a single hacker group. The most recent occurrence of a ransomware attack was on a company responsible for analysing blood tests for the UK's National Health Service which prompted some major London hospitals to declare a 'critical incident', with many operations postponed. It is believed that a criminal organisation known ...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.Who is behind the big hack attacks?More than 100 organisations around the world are believed to have been hacked in ransomware attacks since 2022 by a single hacker group. The most recent occurrence of a ransomware attack was on a company responsible for analysing blood tests for the UK's National Health Service which prompted some major London hospitals to declare a 'critical incident', with many operations postponed. It is believed that a crimin...
Send us a Text Message.Rare earth element boom poisoning Myanmar Growing demand for electric vehicles and wind turbines might look good for emissions, but there’s an environmental cost too. Regions, habitats and livelihoods in Myanmar are facing significant damage because the surge in demand for permanent magnets is driving up mining for rare earth elements according to a report from Global Witness. CEO Mike Davies tells us more. SOEPSUDS and your comments and questsionsWe catch up with...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.Rare earth element boom poisoning MyanmarGrowing demand for electric vehicles and wind turbines might look good for emissions, but there’s an environmental cost too. Regions, habitats and livelihoods in Myanmar are facing significant damage because the surge in demand for permanent magnets is driving up mining for rare earth elements according to a report from Global Witness. CEO Mike Davies tells us more. SOEPSUDS and your comments and que...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year droughtChile looks set to become the data centre capital of Latin America, with the country’s President announcing another 28 proposed developments. But these data centres require vast amounts of electricity to run and huge volumes of water to cool them. With the country experiencing a severe long term drought, predicted to last until 2040, how can building thes...
Send us a Text Message.Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year drought Chile looks set to become the data centre capital of Latin America, with the country’s President announcing another 28 proposed developments. But these data centres require vast amounts of electricity to run and huge volumes of water to cool them. With the country experiencing a severe long term drought, predicted to last until 2040, how can building these centres benefit the ...
Send us a Text Message.Technology is not the problem (we are)…Can we really lay the blame for our problems to the rise of technology or should be take responsibility for our actions and how we are choosing not to relate to the world around us? Author, tech journalist and comedian Timandra Harkness is on the show to challenge the way we think and deal with the choices presented to us by tech. Her new book “Technology is Not the Problem” explores the themes of our own self worth and of who we a...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.Technology is not the problem (we are)…Can we really lay the blame for our problems to the rise of technology or should be take responsibility for our actions and how we are choosing not to relate to the world around us? Author, tech journalist and comedian Timandra Harkness is on the show to challenge the way we think and deal with the choices presented to us by tech. Her new book “Technology is Not the Problem” explores the themes of our own sel...
Send us a Text Message.Indian Elections; deep fakes, false memes, and misinformation galoreResurrecting dead politicians in election campaigns online may sound unbelievable, but in the Indian elections it seems that almost anything is possible. From deep fakes and AI meme wars to bogus audio messages, Bangalore based investigative journalist Nilesh Christopher has been reporting on them all. He’s on the show to tell us how voters are being manipulated online.A quarter of the world...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.Indian Elections; deep fakes, false memes, and misinformation galoreResurrecting dead politicians in election campaigns online may sound unbelievable, but in the Indian elections it seems that almost anything is possible. From deep fakes and AI meme wars to bogus audio messages, Bangalore based investigative journalist Nilesh Christopher has been reporting on them all. He’s on the show to tell us how voters are being manipulated online...
Send us a Text Message. How AI is saving lives and languages in Ghana In general, people in the developing world are optimistic about the potential of AI. Of course, there are some concerns about job security and fairness, but overall, the positive outlook outweighs the negative. However, this is not the case in countries like Ghana, where suspicion and fear prevail. Interestingly, even with Google's significant presence in the country, the sentiment remains unchanged. That's why we have...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.How AI is saving lives and languages in GhanaIn general, people in the developing world are optimistic about the potential of AI. Of course, there are some concerns about job security and fairness, but overall, the positive outlook outweighs the negative. However, this is not the case in countries like Ghana, where suspicion and fear prevail. Interestingly, even with Google's significant presence in the country, the sentiment remains unchanged. Th...
Send us a Text Message.Can ‘small’ AI have a huge impact in sub Saharan Africa? Artificial intelligence is usually fed with large datasets allowing the technology to create what should be well balanced algorithms – but what happens when large data sets aren’t available or the impact of the AI could have a very significant impact on people’s lives? Researchers at Tufts University in the United States have started a program focusing on what they refer to as "small" AI - applications that have s...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.Can ‘small’ AI have a huge impact in sub Saharan Africa?Artificial intelligence is usually fed with large datasets allowing the technology to create what should be well balanced algorithms – but what happens when large data sets aren’t available or the impact of the AI could have a very significant impact on people’s lives? Researchers at Tufts University in the United States have started a program focusing on what they refer to as "small" AI - ap...
Send us a Text Message.AI for peace – using artificial intelligence to manage conflict and maintain peaceWith numerous ongoing conflicts in places like Sudan, Israel-Iran, Gaza, Ukraine, and Syria, peace can seem scarce in today's world. However, artificial intelligence could play a role is managing wars. A new book titled “AI for Peace” provides a roadmap for using artificial intelligence to promote peace. While machine learning is often portrayed negatively, it has real potential for foreca...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.AI for peace – using artificial intelligence to manage conflict and maintain peaceWith numerous ongoing conflicts in places like Sudan, Israel-Iran, Gaza, Ukraine, and Syria, peace can seem scarce in today's world. However, artificial intelligence could play a role is managing wars. A new book titled “AI for Peace” provides a roadmap for using artificial intelligence to promote peace. While machine learning is often portrayed negatively, it has re...
Send us a Text Message.Dear Lovely SOEP listener,Just a little shout out to remind you that we also do a PodExtra version of the show. For just $10US a month you can hear more of our guests and even new stories, as well as even more chat between Gareth and our studio experts. We know it's a big ask but we really do appreciate all your support.Just click on the link below to subscribe:https://www.buzzsprout.com/2265960/subscribeMany thanksThe SOEP TeamSupport the Show.Editor: Ania ...
Subscriber-only episodeSend us a Text Message.World Cybercrime Index – Where are the cybercriminals hiding?Russia leads the list of countries that host cybercrime, followed by Ukraine, China, the USA, Nigeria and Romania, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. The findings come from anonymous questionnaires completed by ninety-two cybercrime experts. The researchers say this survey approach overcomes a major challenge in investigating cybercrime - the anonymity of p...
Send us a Text Message.World Cybercrime Index – Where are the cybercriminals hiding?Russia leads the list of countries that host cybercrime, followed by Ukraine, China, the USA, Nigeria and Romania, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. The findings come from anonymous questionnaires completed by ninety-two cybercrime experts. The researchers say this survey approach overcomes a major challenge in investigating cybercrime - the anonymity of perpetrators who conceal...
Send us a Text Message.Is crypto currency supporting terrorism? With the phasing out of cash transactions we’ve seen a rise in digital and other transactions. One of the currencies that’s in the ascendancy are crypto currencies, whose place in the market according to Forbes magazine, has shifted from one of fear to neutral, and now to greed. In other words it’s hugely on the up. After facing some downturns a few years ago, it’s now collectively worth more than a trillion dollars. One of the r...
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Somewhere on Earth

The team that bought you the excellent BBC Digital Planet (now no more) is back looking at the untold and unloved tech stories from around the world. The show delves deeper into tech for good and explores the impact of a lack of access to tech. A wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as some big names in tech, science and business, makes this show stand out from other tech podcasts. Entertaining and informative. Highly recommended.

Apr 30th
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