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Rory Cellan-jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

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Automation Rapidly Changing Work20170421

How artificial intelligence is changing jobs even faster than experts predicted.

Fake News And Flying Cars20170428

How Wikipedia's creator thinks he can tackle fake news online.

Ireland - The Technology Island20141107

The Dublin Web Summit confirms Ireland's tech cluster status. But how much of that is down to favourable tax arrangements for technology companies?

Also, we take you inside the exclusive F.ounders conference in Midleton, County Cork, where we talk about the latest tech with John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and business author, Ankur Jain, creator of contact management app Humin, Jess Lee of Polyvore.com, and Yoni Assia of financial tech company eToro.

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A new music streaming service arrives, but will people be willing to pay to listen to songs without actually owning their own copies? There's been a slew of financial results from technology companies this week, is the global tech sector in a boom, or a bubble? And as play and learning around the world become more electronic, we find out what that means for schools in Kenya. Eben Upton, the creator of the cheap educational computer, Raspberry Pi, joins Rory Cellan-Jones and members of the BBC Technology desk in the tent.

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15Are Phones And Phablets Killing The Tablet?20140425

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon released results this week, what do the numbers mean for the market?

Ed Catmull, president of animation studio Pixar, talks creativity and business and gives an insight on what it was like to work with Apple's Steve Jobs.

Could bubbles - on to which images are projected - be the future of display screens? Scientists at Bristol University are attempting to find out and are even imagining a time where bubbles could burst and leave behind a scent.

What more can be done to encourage girls to enter the world of technology? Are there enough role models to convince young women that it's a profession worth following? Rory Cellan-Jones and Carolyn Rice attended an event encouraging school pupils to try out tech.

BBC technology journalists Mark Ward and Jane Wakefield will be talking about the tech stories that have led the agenda this week.

Rory Cellan-Jones presents with studio guest Ben Wood from analysts CCS Insight.

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17Alibaba Expansion20140509

Alibaba is China's largest online retailer and has taken a step closer to listing on the US stock market in what will be one of the largest share sales in history. What will this mean for its competitors?

Taxi drivers in cities around the world have been protesting about new apps that allow customers to book a driver and a car using a map on their smartphone. How is this technology disrupting the market and what will be the outcome?

Author and computer programmer Vikram Chandra gives his views on the "macho" nature of the tech world and describes the differences in culture that exist in tech communities around the world.

BBC technology journalists Dougal Shaw and Jane Wakefield will be talking about the tech stories that have led the agenda this week.

Rory Cellan-Jones presents with studio guest Stuart Miles from Pocket Lint.

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19Hacking Attacks20140523

The US has charged five Chinese army officilals with cyber espionage after attacks on businesses in the country. Ebay also revealed it had been hacked, leading to millions of users' account details being compromised so can data stored online ever be safe from hackers? Can data security be improved?

The big chiefs of the tech world have been gathering in California to discuss the "Future in Review". What have they been talking about and where do they stand on the balance between freedom of speech and privacy on the internet? Internet pioneer Vint Cerf tells us his views.

How can software modelling help doctors prescribe treatment to patients? Researchers in the UK are using the technique to recreate parts of the human body and test out the effect of different treatments.

BBC technology journalists Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield will be talking about the tech stories that have led the agenda this week.

Rory Cellan-Jones presents with studio guest cyber crime expert Peter Sommer.

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26Development Tech20140711

Technologies such as contactless card payments, allowing you save a few seconds when you buy a coffee, are sometimes seen as frivolous. But is the real value of these technologies more likely to be in helping developing countries to progress?

We hear how tablet computers are giving Nigerian farmers easier access to subsidised fertiliser and seeds, even in very remote areas. And we learn how smartphones could soon be saving eyesight in Africa and Asia.

Presented by Jane Wakefield, with special guest Ken Banks, the anthropologist and mobile technologist founder of Kiwanja.net, and Dave Lee and Mark Ward from the BBC online technology desk.

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28Getting Schooled In Starting-up20140725

What does it take to start and grow a tech venture? We get educated by our special guest Kevin Hale, partner at the seed funding outfit Y-Combinator, who is in London for their event Startup School Europe.

Also, do Facebook's financial results this week tell us that the company has found a profitable way to present advertising without annoying users of its service? We hear from Facebook director of product management Will Cathcart.

Apple this week indicated a surge in the sale of desktop computers, and a slowing in tablet sales. So are predictions of the death of the desktop computer premature? We speak to Simon Segars, chief executive of the leading microprocessor designer ARM Holdings, whose creations power many mobile devices.

Also Adi Tatarko, co-founder of the interior design and architecture portal Houzz, talks about being a female tech entrepreneur and why she thinks juggling a family life with work makes for a better leader. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Kim Gittleson and Leo Kelion from the BBC Online technology desk.

29Healthy Business20140801

How the biggest players in tech are getting interested in our health. From gadgets that log our daily activity, and the use of big data analysis in medicine to digitally-assisted meditation, we look at what's becoming very healthy business.

Professor Amy Abernethy of Duke University, North Carolina, tells us about the potential usefulness to doctors and their patients of data logged by fitness bands and other wearable sensors. Nancy McKinstry, CEO of the Dutch medical publisher Wolters Kluwer talks to us about how data will be the driving force behind many new medical discoveries. And Los Angeles based buddhist monk turned startup co-founder Andy Puddicombe of Headspace.com talks about using tech to combat digital overload.

Plus. the week's main tech stories including news from Moscow of a clampdown on popular Russian bloggers, and security worries over the Tor anonymous internet browsing platform. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Dr Hilary Thomas, chief medical adviser to the consultancy firm KPMG. Also featuring Joe Miller and Mark Ward from the BBC Online technology desk.

30The World Of Wiki20140808

Have we seen the world's biggest hack attack? Over one billion usernames and passwords have reportedly been stolen by a Russian gang. But how serious is this attack? Security experts will be discussing the fallout with us.

Wikimania is the largest event of its type for those interested in wikis and open content. What actually goes on and what is being discussed this year? Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of the wiki world's most well known product Wikipedia, will be giving us his views on that and the organisation's new transparency policy. He'll also be telling us how Wikipedia deals with "right to be forgotten requests".

How has one man convinced 25,000 people to join him in a lawsuit against Facebook over privacy? And why does he feel so strongly about it? Max Schrems explains why he's ready for his day in court.

The great and the good of the hacking world have descended on Las Vegas for the biggest underground hacking conference of its kind. Defcon takes place in Las Vegas and BBC tech reporter Dave Lee is there. He tells us what are the big news items in the world of code cracking.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones and featuring Zoe Kleinman and Leo Kelion from the BBC's online technology desk.

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32Cat And Mouse Games On The Dark Net20140822

In recent weeks it has emerged that the so-called 'Dark Net' might not be as anonymous as many people had assumed. We speak to the creator of the anonymous Tor browser, about claims that spies and hackers have laid bare the secrets the Dark Net supposedly protects.

In any business, successfully predicting the future is a lucrative skill to have. And they say that history repeats, so is it possible to crunch data about past news events to guess accurately how current situations will play out? We speak to one researcher who's trying to do just that.

And Nigeria's domestic film industry - dubbed "Nollywood" is estimated to be worth $5 billion and turns out up to 50 titles a week, most of which are released on DVD. But we find out how the film-makers are now turning to online platforms to show their creations, despite a persistent lack of internet bandwidth.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ingrid Lunden from the TechCrunch website, and Leo Kelion and Joe Miller from the BBC Online technology desk.

33High-flying Tech20140829

First came driver-less cars. Now Google reveals it is working on planes without pilots. A key adviser to Facebook is urging the company to protect users from stumbling across gruesome videos by making them click their consent before they can view them. We speak to him and ask whether access to such content is justified in the public interest to reflect the state of the world around us. Why has retail giant Amazon stumped up nearly $1billion to buy a niche video-streaming service popular with gamers? We'll ask one of the stars of the site whether he's worried it will lose its character under Amazon's ownership. And as a video blogger who posted a film complaining about the misogynistic portayal of women in computer games herself becomes the target of hate messages and threats, we discuss whether her concerns are justified, and how to address them if they are.

Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with Leo Kelion and Dave Lee from the BBC Online Tech Desk and special guest Eileen Burbidge, venture capitalist from Passion Capital.

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37Shellshock And Flaws20140926

A new security flaw called 'Shellshock' emerges, potentially leaving tens of millions of computers around the globe open to hackers. Apple faces a tide of complaints over the ease with which its new and much-hyped iPhone 6 can be bent while being carried in a pocket. That's in addition to a bungled software update to the device which the company was forced to withdraw after some users were no longer able to make phone calls.

FIFA15, the latest giant games franchise launches, but is the games industry failing many players by being slow to respond to changes in its customer base?

Peter Thiel is co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook and accommodation-sharing website Airbnb. What is the secret to successful startups, and what kinds of ventures does he think are worth backing now?

And apps and devices to track physical activity have been around for a while, but are your emotions about to become the next parameter to be logged as part of the 'quantified self'?

Also, we're at the UK's largest videogames show EGX London. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with special guest David Braben, creator of the influential '80s 3D game Elite, and Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online Technology Desk.

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83Playtime In Dundee20150814

Broadcast from the Dare ProtoPlay 2015 videogames festival in the Scottish city of Dundee. Plus, Rory Cellan-Jones assesses whether Europe can still compete with the United States and China in building world-beating technology companies. Presented by Zoe Kleinman.

(Photo: Videogame characters. Credit: Thinkstock)

84Work To Live Or Live To Work?20150821

Newspaper claims of a brutal working culture at Amazon have prompted wider debate about what's reasonably expected of staff by the tech industry's elite firms. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Lucy Marcus, business consultant and CEO. (Photo: Man working late from home. Credit: Thinkstock)

85Broken China20150828

As the boss of the hacked Ashley Madison dating site quits, we speak to one woman who says her fiance cheated on her using its service. How will China's economic worries affect its tech giants, and how concerned should technology companies elsewhere be about falling Chinese demand? "Let's play� videos made by gamers can make or break a title, and until now, Amazon-owned Twitch has been the go-to platform for the genre. But will Google's new dedicated YouTube gaming platform lure Twitch broadcasters away? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with special guest Dr Linda Yueh from London Business School. (Photo: Businesswoman in Beijing's financial district. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

86Berlin Unboxed20150904

As the latest gadgets are unveiled at the IFA technology show in Berlin, we find out just how smart the newest phones and watches really are.

We hear from San Francisco on the latest controversy about the way the taxi app Uber treats its drivers.

Plus - are people getting paid to write promotional articles on Wikipedia? The co-founder, Jimmy Wales, tells us how the site's volunteers are cracking down on so-called sockpuppet accounts.

Rory Cellan-Jones is joined in the Tech Tent by Will Dunn, editor of Stuff magazine, and BBC tech reporters Jane Wakefield in London and Dave Lee in San Francisco.

(Photo: Visitors walk past a display at IFA. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

87Apple, Apps And Ads20150911

As Apple unveils its latest shiny offerings - we ask if the famously consumer-focused company can appeal to serious business users. And is the company's boss, Tim Cook, right to predict that the "future of TV is apps"?

Plus - are we becoming increasingly intolerant of advertising on mobile? We examine what the rise of ad-blocking means for the future of the web, and who pays for it.

Rory Cellan-Jones is joined by Mel Exon, managing director of advertising agency BBH, and Chris Foxx from the BBC's tech desk.

(Picture: A reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco on September 9, 2015. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

88#intelligent Machines20150918

A special show from Bletchley Park, Britain's wartime code-breaking centre where some of the earliest work on artificial intelligence was done. We hear what the “godfather of deep learning� - Google’s Geoff Hinton, and Facebook’s director of AI research Yann LeCun think about the threats and opportunities of learning machines, as well as the view of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. And, machine learning and robotics experts Professors Murray Shanahan of Imperial College, London and Kerstin Dautenhahn of the University of Hertfordshire, share their expertise. Plus, a preview of this year’s Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence with its chair Ed Keedwell.

89Silicon Valley Special20150925

Is California's Silicon Valley still the draw for would-be tech entrepreneurs that it was, and what does the future hold? Broadcast from the landmark Computer History Museum in Mountain View, with special guests John Hollar, president of the museum, and tech journalist Kristen Brown. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones.

(Picture: Rory Cellan-Jones in Palo Alto, California)

90Driving Into The Future20151002

The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has thrown electric cars into the spotlight. But is electric technology ready to replace fuel-burning vehicles? Dave Lee reports from California where Tesla launched a new electric car this week. Google's head of search Amit Singhal tells us why the company has not released a Siri or Cortana-style chatbot. And, we discover Freevolt, a technology that claims to harvest energy from the radio waves around us. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Sahar Danesh, transport adviser at the UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology. (Picture: Elon Musk of Tesla Motors unveils the new Model X, Credit: Getty Images).

91Microsoft Wows With Windows20151009

Microsoft wows its critics with new Windows 10 devices - is it now the cool kid on the block? Facebook details plans to give 14 African countries satellite internet. We ask Michel de Rosen of Eutelsat, Facebook's partner, whether the tech is up to the job. Europe's highest court says a transatlantic agreement on transferring European internet users' data to America is invalid. Plus, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of a new book "The Red Web" tell us how the Russian state sees the Net as both threat and opportunity. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Dr Orla Lynskey, from the London School of Economics.

(Picture: Microsoft demo of Hololens glasses, Credit: Getty Images).

92Game On!20151016

Brandon Beck, CEO of Riot Games, the company behind the massive title League of Legends talks to us about the growth of e-sports. Plus, League of Legends team manager Mike O'Dell, and top player xPeke, give their take on the business and career possibilities in gaming tournaments. In celebration of computing pioneer Ada Lovelace, we hear from scientists and engineers Dr Suze Kundu, Abbie Hutty, and Dr Jen Gupta, how they would close the gender gap in technology. And, we catch up with indie games developer Arran Langmead, who is creating a video game from home.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of the event Ada Lovelace Day.

(Photo: A Boy and a girl playing a video game. Credit: Purestock).

93Your Money Or Your Data20151023

Hackers breach the systems of one of the UK's biggest broadband and mobile phone providers TalkTalk. The company says it has received a demand for money from the purported hacker. Is this a worrying new turn in how hackers target companies? YouTube launches an ad-free subscription service, but other tech giants are also circling around digital video. The internet goes crazy with "Back to the Future Day" - but how true to the film trilogy was October 21st 2015? And how an Israel-based DIY website company wants to offer musicians a way to control their entire artistic output.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Leo Kelion, Dave Lee, and Mark Ward from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest BT futurologist Dr Nicola Millard. (Picture: Security keypad, Credit: Thinkstock).

94Deleting Email20151030

Stewart Butterfield of Slack tells us why he thinks email at work is on the way out. Eben Upton, creator of the Raspberry Pi educational computer reveals a new direction for the project into industry. And Mike Cassidy, Vice President of Google's Project Loon, a plan to provide the internet to remote places using balloons in the stratosphere, tells us how the company is edging towards creating a ring of such balloons around the world.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Blathnaid Healy, UK Editor of Mashable, and Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk. (Picture: Young office workers using social media, Credit: Thinkstock).

95Spotting Unicorns In Dublin20151106

Rory Cellan-Jones talks to Nicolas Brusson of BlaBlaCar, and Ambarish Mitra of Blippar, founders of two European "Unicorns" - companies valued at over a billion dollars. Plus Kickstarter's CEO Yancey Strickler tells why he thinks crowdfunding is only just getting going, and Nell Watson, Futurist at California's Singularity University predicts the power of Augmented Reality. Recorded at the Web Summit in Ireland's capital, Dublin.

(Photo: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter being photographed by Rory Cellan-Jones).

96Data And Drones20151113

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seeks to reassure European customers over security and privacy with local data centres. Facebook's top engineer Jay Parikh on why he thinks laser-equipped drones are the way to bring the Net to remote places. Influential analyst Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz on who's winning in smartphones. And physicist Professor Brian Cox on the tantalising promise of quantum computers. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with special guest tech writer Kate Bevan. (Picture: Facebook's Jay Parikh),

97Tech For Health And Wealth20151120

A new app called Bitwalking aims to generate a virtual currency by tracking how far you walk. We speak to the company's co-founder, Nissan Bahar. Plus, why should we trust our data to the "Cloud"? We ask the head of Amazon's Web Services business Andy Jassy. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with special guest tech broadcaster Georgie Barrat. (Picture: Three people fitness training. Credit: Thinkstock)

98Media Storm20151127

How media companies are fighting back against online ad-blocking by making "brand content" for advertisers. Alexander Klöpping of the Dutch startup Blendle is convinced that charging readers just a few cents for each article they see is the answer to the publishing industry's funding worries. Herman Narula of the British company Improbable reveals a means to simulate an entire city in software. And Erica Young of Hong-Kong based firm Insight Robotics gives her take on the debate about robots potentially destroying jobs. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online Technology Desk and special guest Ian Maude, digital advertising specialist at Enders Analysis. (Picture: Film crew on a shoot, Credit: Thinkstock).

99High Noon For Smartwatches?20151204

The latest on the VTech toy company hack with Ken Munro of Pentest Partners. Is the fad for smartwatches already over? We ask Eric Migicovsky, founder of Pebble, one of the earliest devices of this kind. Paul Cameron talks to us about Booktrack, his idea to give e-books a soundtrack. And Mark Lawson-Statham of Intelligent Energy tells us about plans for a hydrogen fuel-cell phone battery. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Holly Brockwell of Gadgette.com, and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Picture: Man studying rack of smartwatches, Credit: Getty Images).

100Live From London's Science Museum20151211

Rory Cellan-Jones presents the 100th edition of Tech Tent, live from London's Science Museum, where he takes in the history of communications technology with curator John Liffen. We also discuss terrorism with our man in Silicon Valley Dave Lee, how tech is being used for good in developing countries, and how taking a selfie could replace passwords. With the BBC's Jane Wakefield and special guest Eileen Burbidge from Passion Capital.

(Photo: Eileen Burbidge and John Liffen with Rory Cellan-Jones at the Science Museum, Credit: BBC)

101Who Controls The Internet?20151218

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, and China's leaders push for Internet sovereignty. We hear from ZDNet's Angelica Mari in Sao Paolo, and get the views of special guest Vicki Nash, deputy director of the Oxford Internet Institute. The BBC's Chris Vallance reports on using face recognition to catch criminals in the UK, and we talk cinema tech with Barco "cinemavangelist" Ted Shilowitz. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones.

(Photo: WhatsApp logo displayed on a Brazilian phone, Credit: AFP)

102News Quiz Of The Year 201520151225

How good is your knowledge of the technology news? Play along with us as Talia Franco and LJ Rich from BBC World TV's Click take on Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online Tech Desk. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with scoring by Zoe Kleinman. (Picture: Back Row - LJ Rich and Zoe Kleinman. Front Row - Talia Franco, Jane Wakefield, Rory Cellan-Jones, Tech Tent producer Jat Gill, Dave Lee).

103New Year Tech 201620160101

Rory Cellan-Jones and guests look at the key developments in gadgets, advertising, and robotics in the year just gone, and highlight the tech to watch out for in 2016. With Stuart Miles from Pocket-lint, Sarah Wood from Unruly, and Erica Young of Insight Robotics. Also featuring BBC Silicon Valley reporter Dave Lee and Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Picture: Laptop with mobile devices, Credit: Thinkstock).

104From Ces In Las Vegas20160108

Rory Cellan-Jones presents a special programme from the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas. He speaks to the company behind an alarm clock that wakes you up with pleasant smells, and another showcasing the latest drone technology. We also hear from Faraday Future, a company that wants to revolutionise the car industry, and BMW on how traditional car makers are responding. And Rory also looks at how Las Vegas hopes to be a pioneer of solar energy technology.

(Photo: VR headsets being tested at CES, Credit: Getty Images)

105Driving Technology20160115

Elon Musk, the visionary tech entrepreneur behind the Space X rocket company and Tesla electric cars, talks to us about a coming transport revolution. Tim Kelly from the World Bank tells us how he thinks the economic benefits of the tech industry are going disproportionately to the world’s rich. Plus, could a robotic cat replace an actual pet for some people? Our Silicon Valley reporter Dave Lee gives it a try. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch Europe.

(Picture: Rory Cellan-Jones with Tesla car)

106Crowdfunding, Farming Tech, And Doom20160122

Mark Harris, who investigated what went wrong with the failed Kickstarter drone project Zano, gives us his conclusion. We hear Microsoft's plans for the 3D virtual world Minecraft. We find out how farmers are using autonomous vehicles and big data to get the most from their land. And we talk to John Romero, the creator of the seminal videogame Doom, on why he's released a new final level, 23 years after the game first came out.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Rob Carter of Fieldmargin, and BBC Online reporters Chris Baraniuk, Zoe Kleinman, and Jane Wakefield. (Picture: Farmer in field using smartphone, Credit: iStock).

107All Systems Go!20160129

Demis Hassabis of Google DeepMind on using Artificial Intelligence to beat a champion player of the ancient board game Go. Jason Njoku of iROKOtv on investing in making Nigerian 'Nollywood' films and TV. And, how traditional games are getting a tech update at the London Toy Fair. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ellie Gibson, video games journalist and co-presenter of the Scummy Mummies podcast.

(Photo: Demis Hassabis of Google DeepMind)

108Tech Desires20160205

As Microsoft buys UK Artificial Intelligence firm SwiftKey, we ask leading venture capitalist Saul Klein what investors are looking for in a tech company. Plus we speak to Joyce Kim of Stellar on trying to slash the cost of money transfers in Nigeria. And Tom Lean, author of the new book "Electronic Dreams" tells us what today's startups can learn from the 1980s home computer revolution in the UK.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with guest Marieme Jamme, and Chris Baraniuk from the BBC Online tech desk. (Picture: NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York, Credit: Getty Images).

109India Halts Free Facebook Plan20160212

The row over US firms' attitude to India after Facebook's free net access plan is blocked. Plus how toy giant VTech wants parents to accept their kids' data could be hacked. And Diffbot, the company trying to teach robots to read the Web. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Professor Angela Sasse.

(Image: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, Credit: Getty Images).

110Apple Fights Order To Unlock The Iphone20160219

Apple resists an order to unlock an iPhone that belonged to a dead terrorist. Plus, how you might soon be visiting a Virtual Reality theme park. And, Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro, of the University of Osaka in Japan, tells us why he thinks people should learn to love robots. With special guest, the technology journalist Kayleigh Bateman from WeAreTheCity. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones.

(Photo: Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Credit: Getty Images)

111Mobile World Congress 201620160226

The big news from Samsung, Huawei, and other tech giants at the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. We find out why handset makers think Virtual Reality is the next "killer app" for smartphones. And we drop in on Social Media Week in Lagos to talk to Nigerian bloggers. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch Europe, and Dave Lee from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Picture: Rory Cellan-Jones and animatronic dog with internet-connected dog-collar at Mobile World Congress).

112Driverless Cars On Collision Course?20160304

After a Google autonomous car collides with a bus, should driverless tech be trusted? Evan Williams, CEO of Medium (and co-founder of Twitter) on why long-form online publishing has a place in the social-media age. Plus, Nikhil Pahwa, the campaigner who took on Facebook in India over free internet access.Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest, tech journalist Kate Bevan.

(Picture: Interior of Nissan autonomous concept car at Geneva Motor Show 2016, Credit: Getty Images).

113Beyond The Connected Kettle20160311

Will the Internet Of Things (IOT) make its biggest mark in industry ahead of the home? We talk to Ron Zink of John Deere about self-driving tractors, and Nigel Hill of Umbra Shading about connected window blinds. Plus Irene Ng of the HATDeX project tells us about the possibility of using our personal data to get discounts in stores. With special guests professor Andy Stanford-Clark, IOT expert and Master Inventor at IBM, and Jeni Tennison, technical director of the Open Data Institute. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones.

(Photo: Automated tractor cab, Credit: John Deere).

114Sony Throws Down Vr Gauntlet20160318

Sony reveals its Virtual Reality headset. Will its massive base of existing PlayStation users help it leapfrog its rivals? Microsoft's UK research chief Chris Bishop tells us why he thinks artificial intelligence is about the rise of humans rather than the "rise of robots". Plus independent games developer Arran Langmead, whose fortunes we have been following, is invited to showcase his title "Bears Can't Drift?" at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk and special guest Thomas Tamblyn, Tech Editor at Huffington Post UK. (Picture: Young people on sofa using Sony VR headset, Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc).

115When Ai Goes Rogue20160325

Microsoft pulls the @TayandYou chat bot from the internet after people teach it to be offensive. AI expert Prof Noel Sharkey tells us what went wrong. We ask renowned phone analyst Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz why Apple introduced the iPhone SE. Plus we examine how doctors are turning to digital medicine. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Shivvy Jervis, creator of the YouTube technology series "Trailblazers".

(Picture: @TayandYou logo, Credit: Microsoft).

116Tesla's Model For The Masses20160401

Tesla takes on its biggest challenge so far by unveiling a smaller and cheaper electric car pitched at the mass market. Plus, on Apple's 40th anniversary we hear from one of the company's founders. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Holly Brockwell from the Gadgette.com website.

(Photo: Tesla Model 3 car, Credit: Tesla Motors).

117Whatsapp Boosts Message Privacy20160408

Will WhatsApp's boost to privacy create headaches with governments in key markets for its owner Facebook? Huawei launches its flagship P9 smartphone featuring a Leica-branded dual-lens camera. What does the tie-up with a luxury camera brand mean for rival Samsung? Plus, the French company whose technology helped journalists analyse millions of documents and find stories in the leaked "Panama Papers". Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ben Wood, Chief of Research at CCS Insight, and Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online Technology Desk.

(Picture: WhatsApp and Facebook icons on smartphone, Credit AFP/ Getty Images).

118Bye Bye App - Hello Bot20160415

Why Facebook thinks "bots" are the essential new way for companies to reach their customers. We talk to Dennis Mortensen, whose company x.ai is behind the meeting-scheduling bot Amy. And we find out how Californian startup Zipline plans to use autonomous aircraft to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Blathnaid Healy, UK Editor of Mashable, and Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Picture: Humanoid robot wearing headset, Credit: Thinkstock).

119Eu Accuses Google Of Android "abuse"20160422

Why European antitrust regulators say Google is abusing its dominance of the Android mobile platform. And Martin Ford, author of "Rise of the Robots" tells us why he believes automated systems are already destroying jobs as he feared they would. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest technology writer Kate Bevan.

(Picture: EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Credit: Getty Images).

120Exporting Silicon Valley20160429

The BBC's Dave Lee in California assesses the changing fortunes of Silicon Valley's tech giants and Nolan Bushnell, the legendary founder of Atari, explains why he's getting back into computer games. Ed Butler reports on Ghana's tech start-up scene and Leah Busque from TaskRabbit explains why the struggles of some gig economy companies might turn out to be a good thing. Special guest Gerard Grech from Tech City UK joins Rory Cellan-Jones in the studio to give his views on what makes a successful tech start-up hub.

(Photo: A Facebook 'like' symbol on an Apple laptop, Credit: Getty Images)

121Seeking Satoshi20160506

The Australian businessman Craig Wright, who claims to have created the virtual currency Bitcoin, fails to make his case stick. Plus we go behind the assembly lines at Tesla to ask how the electric car-maker can hope to meet the 400,000 pre-orders it says it has for its new Model 3 vehicle. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Garrick Hileman, economic historian at the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics, and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Image: Bitcoin logo on digital abstract background, Credit: Thinkstock).

122Estonia Tech Special20160513

Rory Cellan-Jones visits Estonia to discover how the Baltic nation of just 1.3 million people is a powerhouse of digital innovation, and how it wants to offer 'e-Residency' to citizens from around the world. Plus Rory talks to some of the grandees of Estonian tech about how Skype - Estonia's biggest tech success - trained a generation of engineers and entrepreneurs to drive their country's extraordinary progress. With special guest Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital and former head of product at Skype.

(Image: The e-Estonia Showroom where foreign delegations are shown how Estonia's digital services platform works).

123Google Plans Ai For Your Home20160520

Google takes on Amazon by unveiling an intelligent assistant loudspeaker for your home. What would a world in which human brains can be replicated in software look like? And we learn about the state of technology in secretive North Korea. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Nick Summers from Engadget UK.

(Image: Woman poses for photo by Android characters at Google I/O 2016, Credit: Getty Images).

124The Cobots Are Coming20160527

How collaborative robots (or "Cobots") might soon be your workmates. We visit the Innorobo exhibition in Paris to see the latest models. And Tom Davenport, co-author of new book "Only Humans Need Apply" on how jobs will change in a robotic future. Plus, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on how he plans to make his company regain its popularity.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Sabine Hauert, lecturer in robotics at Bristol University and President of Robohub. (Image: humanoid robots at Innorobo, Credit: Peter Page).

125Dark Side Of The Net20160603

Are the internet's trolls beyond taming? Twitter, Facebook, and Google sign a European agreement to curb online hate speech. Plus why are huge caches of passwords hacked and stolen many years ago now turning up for sale on the "Dark Web"? And the Brazilian startup using sounds to send data between phones and objects.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online tech desk and Joseph Evans, social media specialist at Enders Analysis. (Image: Pointing finger emerging from computer screen, Credit: Thinkstock).

126Cheltenham Science Festival Special20160610

Why virtual reality is coming of age and whether it’s a good idea to treat robots like humans are among the topics we talk about in a special show from Europe’s biggest science festival. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guests Professor Jim Al-Khalili, British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, and Louise Emerson, CEO of Cheltenham Festivals.

(Photo: Pepper the robot, Credit: Getty Images)

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The first virtual reality games go on show at E3 in Los Angeles. Plus, we meet Amelia, a software agent whose makers claim it can perform the role of a human customer adviser. And we ask Carl Pei of crowd-designed phone maker OnePlus whether their new handset can compete in a crowded Android market.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Keza MacDonald, UK editor of gaming site Kotaku, and Chris Baraniuk from the BBC Online Tech Desk. (Image: Man tries VR game at E3, Credit: Getty Images).

129Self-driving Cars Under Scrutiny20160701

Will a fatal accident involving a Tesla semi-autonomous car raise safety concerns over the technology? Plus, we hear how London-based startups are responding to the UK's referendum vote to leave the European Union. We visit the 5GWorld show to discover the coming innovation in wireless networks. And we ask whether India is really about to get a $4 smartphone.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Gary Stewart from the accelerator Wayra UK, and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk. (Image: Line of Tesla cars, Credit: Getty Images).

130Your Ai Will See You Now20160708

How artificial intelligence is being used in everything from helping doctors diagnose eye diseases, to Amazon's ability to spot fraudulent orders and fake reviews. Plus, Ken Segall, the man who gave the iMac its name, talks to us about Apple's future.

Presented by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Stephanie Hare, technology strategist at the data science firm Palantir. (Image: Close-up of woman's eye with tech overlay, Credit: Thinkstock).

131Pokã©mon Go Takes Over Tech20160715

How an updated version of the 90s game Pokémon has made augmented reality mainstream. Plus, ways in which crooks are using ever more sophisticated email attacks to steal money and data from companies. And the energy-generating paving tiles that are helping light a Favela in Brazil. Presented by BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Keza MacDonald, editor of games site Kotaku UK.

(Image: Three young women in Los Angeles playing Pokémon Go, Credit: Getty Images).

132Facebook Drone Takes Flight20160722

We go inside the plant where Facebook's internet drone is being built. Plus, why Japanese company Softbank wants to buy ARM Holdings, the “jewel in the crown� of the UK’s tech industry. And a scheme set up to teach girls in Africa to code that is now helping young women in a prosperous English county to learn to program. Presented by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Mariéme Jamme, social entrepreneur.

(Image: Wing of Facebook's Project Aquila aircraft in flight, Credit: Facebook).

133Tesla's 'gigafactory'20160729

Zoe Kleinman presents this week's programme. North America tech reporter Dave Lee tells us about his visit to Tesla's new battery factory in the desert and Israeli tech firm Aquarius Engines pitches one of the alternatives to battery power. Zoe takes a trip on a high-tech search and rescue boat, and Edwin Lane finds out why old formats like VHS are still so popular. Tech journalist Kate Bevan is our special guest and the BBC's Chris Foxx rounds up the news.

(Photo: Tesla cars, Credit: Getty Images)

134Silicon Beach?20160805

Can startups flourish outside major cities? We visit a tech hub in the UK with a seaside location, and hear from 'Silicon Beach' founder Matt Desmier and app developer Ted Nash, while Robert Gaal from the TQ hub in Amsterdam, argues the case for cities. Plus we hear from the BBC's Dave Lee, in Las Vegas for not one but two major hackers' conferences, and artist and inventor Bart Jansen, the man famous for turning his pet cat into a drone. Zoe Kleinman presents, and our special guest in the studio is chief envisioning officer for Microsoft, Dave Coplin.

(Photo: A beach in Bournemouth, UK, Credit: Getty Images)

135Computer Meltdown Hits Delta Flights20160812

How Delta Airlines flyers were stranded this week by a power cut. And why China's Alibaba plans to help foreign firms enter its own market. Plus, US comedian Ari Shaffir tells us why he is not missing his smartphone since swapping it for a simpler handset 18 months ago. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Georgie Barrat, and Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online technology desk.

(Image: Travellers queuing at Delta Airlines' check-in desk at New York's LaGuardia Airport this week. Credit: Getty Images).

136The Race For Driverless Rides20160819

How Ford, Volvo, and Uber are racing to make driverless taxis a reality. Plus, how changing views of the role of women in South Korea are spilling into online abuse. And the tech that aims to tailor podcast adverts to the listener.

Presented by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest the software developer Meri Williams, and Chris Baraniuk from the BBC Online tech desk. (Image: Uber driverless car in Pittsburgh, Credit: Uber).

137Has Open Computing Won?20160826

It's 25 years since a young programmer from Finland called Linus Torvalds proposed a "free" operating system for desktop computers. Linux, as it became known, would go on to power lots of devices we now use, wear, and carry. We look at its legacy and ask Martin Percival of Red Hat whether it will still dominate computing in the future.

Plus, the messaging platform WhatsApp says it will begin showing its users adverts. Is WhatsApp going back on its original ethos, or is it a fair way for its owner Facebook to recoup some of the billions it spent to buy the company?

And we talk to the creators of a phone-based system that traders in Kenya can use to combat corruption when they import goods from neighbouring countries. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Kate Bevan, and Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Image: Linux mascot "Tux" penguin in front of a laptop, Credit: Thinkstock).

138Samsung's Big Recall20160902

Rory Cellan-Jones visits IFA - Europe's biggest consumer technology show - in Berlin. He finds out how the much-vaunted 'Internet of Things' is progressing with the latest smart fridge and hears from special guests Lukas Kampfmann from the Factory - a trendy space for startups in Berlin's heart - and Anna Bojic, founder of Merisier - a startup based there. Plus, Berlin State Senator for Technology Cornelia Yzer tells Rory why she believes she can lure startups from London to her city. Meanwhile Samsung has recalled its new Galaxy Note 7 phones amid concerns that some of them are bursting into flames. With Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Photo: Samsung stand in Seoul, South Korea, Credit: Getty Images).

139Apple's Give And Take20160909

Apple pulls the traditional headphone socket from its new iPhone 7. Will Apple fans remain loyal? We ask Adam Christianson, creator of the Maccast show. Plus Japan's gaming giants Sony and Nintendo compete for attention with new consoles and an iPhone version of Mario. And has private money boosted the space sector? Alison Van Diggelen speaks to Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Leo Kelion from the BBC online tech desk, and special guest gaming journalist Ellie Gibson.

(Image: Apple's Tim Cook reveals new Mario game for iPhone, Credit: Stephen Lam/ Getty Images).

140Transatlantic Tech Tussle20160916

The European Commission’s plans to change copyright laws could mean bigger bills for websites that allow users to stream music. Add to this Apple’s tax issues in Ireland and there’s anger in America, where companies feel they are being unfairly targeted. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, tells us why. Amazon brings its voice-controlled speaker to the UK and Germany – one of its creators, William Tunstall-Pedoe, explains the huge technological challenge behind understanding, then acting on the human voice. And could mobile technology help lift people out of poverty in Africa? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with Chris Foxx from the BBC online tech desk and special guest Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent for the Financial Times.

(Photo credit: Thinkstock)

141Yahoo! Suffers 'biggest' Hack20160923

Yahoo! has admitted that up to half a billion of its users may have had their details stolen by hackers. We hear from renowned security consultant Troy Hunt. Plus, Paul Lee of Deloitte tells us whether phone giants are failing to keep customers' attention with new models. And our special guest Adriana Hamacher talks about what humans want from robots. Presented by BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk.

(Image: Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Credit: Getty Images).

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144Samsung Ditches New Smartphone20161014

Korean giant Samsung kills off its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a series of battery fires. Plus, as Microsoft expands the availability of its Hololens headset, we ask whether mixed and augmented reality is more useful than virtual reality. And we hear from Nadav Zafrir, the former commander of an Israeli army intelligence unit that's also a startup hub. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of the annual Ada Lovelace Day event.

(Image: Safety warning over Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to air travellers, Credit:Greg Baker/ AFP/ Getty Images).

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146Is The Desktop Pc Back?20161028

How Microsoft is squaring up to Apple for a fight over desktop computers. Plus, why the courts in Sweden have effectively banned drone flights. And, why despite the popularity of mobile phones in India, enthusiasm for mobile payments is lagging behind. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Mark Ward from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Victoria Woollaston, digital editor of Wired UK.

(Photo: Woman using Microsoft's new desktop computer launched this week. Credit: Microsoft)

147Keeping Up With Innovation20161104

Are ideas like parcel delivery drones and transport pods that move people and freight through tubes at the speed of sound too outlandish to be accepted by public, politicians, and regulators? We ask Paul Misener from Amazon, and Alan James of Hyperloop One. Plus we get the view of President Obama's technology adviser Megan Smith. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Dr Ruth McKernan from Innovate UK.

(Image: Hyperloop One test site in Nevada, Credit: David Becker/ Getty Images).

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148Did Donald's Data Trump Hillary?20161111

How data science helped Donald Trump's campaign to zero in on those voters who mattered the most. Plus, is social media to blame for so-called "post-truth" politics? And how Tanzania is using mobile phones to register newborn babies. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Alison Van Diggelen, journalist specialising in green technology, and Chris Foxx from the BBC online tech desk.

(Image: US President-elect Donald Trump on election night, Credit: AFP).

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150The Promise And Perils Of Data20161125

How data will shape everything from health to driving. We talk to Dr Julia Powles from the Faculty of Law and Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and to Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google's DeepMind AI company, about using data in healthcare. Plus we hear why insurers want data from the driverless cars of the future. And Dave Lee reports from a town in the United States where using WiFi and even cellphones is forbidden. Presented by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Stephanie Hare, tech strategist at the data science firm Palantir.

(Image: Concept driverless car interior, Credit: Thinkstock).

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152Progress Before People?20161209

We ask Silicon Valley investor and thinker Om Malik what Amazon's concept shop without cashiers says about the tech industry's attitude towards society. Plus we try the latest app from Blippar, which recognises faces in the street - will it be good for jogging your memory or just creepy? And Jane Wakefield reports on attempts by traditional media to combat online lies masquerading as news. With Mark Ward from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Rebecca Sentance, digital marketing blogger.

(Image: Amazon Go concept storefront, Credit: Reuters).

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155New Year Tech 201720161230

Rory Cellan-Jones and guests examine how artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and "ransomware" made the news in the past year, and discuss the technologies to watch in 2017. Featuring Mike Fey of Symantec, Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo, and Chris Sacca from Lowercase Capital. With special guests the tech writer and broadcaster Kate Bevan, and Stuart Miles from the gadget website Pocket-lint.

(Image: Young girl in Santa hat using tablet computer, Credit: Thinkstock).

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157Tech Prepares For Trump20170113

Rory Cellan-Jones visits San Francisco to find out how Silicon Valley is preparing for the new US President. He speaks to renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher from Recode, serial entrepreneur Michael Birch, and Parmy Olson from Forbes magazine. Plus, 10 years after Apple introduced the iPhone we assess how smartphones have changed business and ask whether the devices will remain central to how we access the net. And, our reporter Chris Foxx tries out the new Nintendo Switch console. With Chris Baraniuk from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Paul Lee,Technology, Media, and Telecoms Head of Research at Deloitte.

(Image: San Francisco cable car, Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images).

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162India's Rocketing Space Ambition20170217

How India's record-breaking launch of 104 satellites in a single mission shows its ambition to be a world power in the space business. Plus, we keep being told to change our passwords regularly and choose ever more complex ones. But could there be a better way to stay safe online? Dr Shujun Li from the University of Surrey thinks he has an answer. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Zoe Kleinman from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Michelle Kennedy, co-founder of the Peanut social app for new parents.

(Image: The PSLV-C37 rocket lifting off at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, this week. Credit: EPA/ ISRO).

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165The Spy In Your Tv20170310

Leaked documents reveal US spy agencies might be able to listen in on you via your television. We ask Dave Palmer of Darktrace whether everyone's internet security is compromised. Plus, Danny Sullivan of the Search Engine Land website talks to us about whether Google Search has a "fake news" problem. And will autonomous machines be able to get along with each other? Dr Taha Yasseri from the Oxford Internet Institute tells us. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Mark Ward from the BBC Online tech desk, and special guest Kate Bevan, tech journalist and security blogger.

(Image: Man and woman on sofa watching TV from behind a blanket, Credit: Getty Images).

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167€˜spear Phishing’ Scammer Demanded Sex Show20170324

We hear about a devastatingly personal 'spear phishing' attack, where the victim was asked to perform a sex show in order to regain control of her online accounts. Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security expert at Surrey University, tells us whether attacks like this are becoming more common.

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones travels to Edinburgh to meet the robots that want to be friends with you - but are we ready to let them into every area of our lives?

And we find out about a new video game aimed at helping stroke patients regain the use of their hands. The BBC's Zoe Kleinman is joined throughout the programme by Dan Simmons, tech reporter from BBC Click and special guest, James Vincent, reporter for tech website The Verge.

(Photo: Silhouette of a man spear fishing at sea. Credit: Getty Images)

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174The Net Effect20170512

Are the damaging effects of the internet catching up with the benefits?

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Why did British Airways passengers suffer cancelled flights and days of travel disruption because of a fault at a data centre? We ask airline IT expert Bert Craven of consultants T2RL why large companies are still vulnerable to computing failures. Plus, everyone knows about harassment and abuse on social media. But is the problem even worse in online games? We hear the experience of one young gamer and the view of Jo Twist from Ukie, which represents the UK games industry. And why is the hacking world unhappy with the chaos brought about by the WannaCry ransomware attack? We’ll find out from cybersecurity researcher Andrei Barysevich of the firm Recorded Future. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Mariéme Jamme, entrepreneur and new board member of the World Wide Web Foundation.

(Image: BA aircraft on the tarmac at London Heathrow airport following the weekend's IT problems, Credit: Jack Taylor/ Getty Images).

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Ellen Stofan, former chief scientist at NASA, talks about whether opinion has overtaken established scientific facts. Plus, Jeni Tennison from the Open Data Institute and Hetan Shah from the Royal Statistical Society discuss whether algorithms know best. And signal processing expert Mark Plumbley and cyber-security specialist Jason Nurse assess to what extent our mobile devices are listening in on us, and whether we should worry about it. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones.

(Image: Maker tent at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2017, Credit: BBC/ Jat Gill).

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Xbox launches the most powerful games console ever at the E3 expo in Los Angeles, but where's the VR? We ask Keza MacDonald, editor at Kotaku UK, why games consoles still pull in the punters. Plus we hear from the voice of Mario - Nintendo's famous plumber. Also on the programme, after another bad week for Uber and its founder Travis Kalanick, what does the future hold for one of silicon valley's biggest names? Author and journalist Adam Lashinsky discusses. Rory Cellan Jones meets a real-life rocket man who has invented his own jet pack, and Jane Wakefield gets a cup of coffee from a robot in California.

(Photo: Xbox launch at E3 in Los Angeles, Credit: Getty Images)

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Does the resignation of Uber's boss signal a radical change in the company's culture? We ask US journalist Sarah Lacy who was among the first to report on Uber's attitudes to women. Plus the BBC's Sameer Hashmi travels to Bangalore to discover how India's IT sector is shedding tens of thousands of jobs. And presenter Zoe Kleinman visits the International Space Station from the comfort of an English country house. With BBC technology reporter Chris Foxx and special guest Lucy Marcus, business and management expert.

(Image: Uber founder Travis Kalanick speaking at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, January 2016, Credit: REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui).

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Google faces a fine of $2.7bn by the European Commission over a competition ruling on its shopping service, and Germany passes a law that requires internet firms to take down illegal content within 24 hours of being reported or face big penalties. Have regulators found their teeth against the internet giants? We ask Jeff Jarvis, author of the book "What would Google do?". Plus, will artificial intelligence be a useful tool in computer security? Emily Orton of security firm Darktrace tells why she thinks so. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Online tech correspondent Mark Ward, and special guest Kate Bevan, journalist and computer security specialist.

(Image: Google Shopping demo on smartphone, Credit: Google).

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Entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh tells how she was sexually harassed by a prominent Silicon Valley investor. Plus Danae Ringelmann, the co-founder of crowdfunding site Indiegogo, shares her own experience of being assaulted by a fellow entrepreneur at an industry gathering. Do a string of revelations by women in the tech industry mark a watershed moment for change?

We discuss whether the electric car's time has come after Volvo says all its new vehicles from 2019 will be fully or hybrid-electric. And we talk to Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland, on whether people are still willing to let companies do whatever they want with their data in return for free services. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Rachel Burgess, News Editor of Autocar and What Car? magazines.

(Image: Businesswoman pushing away a male colleague who is leaning in to her, Credit: Getty Images).

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Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard tells us why a new league for professional players of Overwatch could take e-sports into the mainstream, and rival the earnings of sports such as the NFL and the Premier League. Plus, we hear why Microsoft thinks artificial intelligence will help, rather than replace, workers. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Jane Wakefield, and Ben Skipper, video game reporter for IBTimes UK.

(Image: Screenshot from Overwatch showing female character Tracer firing pulse pistols, Credit: Activision Blizzard).

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Start-up firms are raising cash by issuing new cryptocurrencies in "Initial Coin Offerings". But are these ICOs an emerging investment bubble? Economics blogger Frances Coppola and Pavlo Tanasyuk, founder of Spacebit, a "cryptocurrency for space exploration", discuss. Plus we find out what’s happening to the market for freelance online task-based work from Vili Lehdonvirta from the Oxford Internet Institute. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Alison Van Diggelen, host of the Fresh Dialogues podcast.

(Image: 3D rendering of Ethereum cryptocurrency, Credit: Lightboxx/ Getty Images).

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What the world's hackers have been up to at their big annual meetings Black Hat and Def Con in Las Vegas. Plus the man behind Amazon's Alexa business Dave Limp talks to us about how the service might develop. And we witness a - thankfully fictional - hacking challenge that involves preventing a rogue state from firing nuclear missiles. Presented by Jane Wakefield, with BBC Online tech editor Leo Kelion, and special guest William Goodwin, Commissioning Editor at Computer Weekly.

(Image: Man with computer code reflected in dark glasses, Credit: Getty Images).

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Should tech companies share more data with governments? British minister Amber Rudd thinks so. The BBC's man in California Dave Lee reports on her tour of Silicon Valley, where she called on companies like Facebook to do more to help fight terrorism. Also on the programme: The man credited with halting the WannaCry cyber attack is arrested in the US, we get the latest. Plus, is the concept of the 'digital native' a myth? One researcher thinks so. And ahead of a major tournament this weekend, presenter Kathleen Hawkins plays FIFA against a professional e-gamer to find out what it takes to play online football for a living. This week's special guest is technology journalist Charles Arthur.

(Photo: Computer security, illustrated. Credit: Getty Images)

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Dame Stephanie Shirley, a pioneer of Britain's computing industry, gives her take on a memo by a Google programmer suggesting women are biologically less-suited to some jobs in tech. Professor Paul Fletcher from the University of Cambridge and Tameem Antoniades of games developer Ninja Theory tell us about Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, a game aiming to give players an experience of psychosis. And James Chappell from security firm Digital Shadows reveals disturbing information about people available on the open internet and the "Dark Web". Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Stephanie Hare, from technology consultants Accenture Research.

(Image: Participants hold up a Google banner during Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade, Credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/ AFP/ Getty Images).

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GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare stop providing internet services to the Daily Stormer after it disparaged a woman killed during protests in Charlottesville. Plus, Mark Robinson of Kolos tells us why he thinks Norway might be the perfect place to build the "world's largest" data centre. And we visit Manchester in North-West England to find out how the city plans to use data to make its public transport more responsive to passenger demand. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Baraniuk, and special guest Jeni Tennison, chief executive of the Open Data Institute.

(Image: A man holds up a sign reading "Stop Fascism" during a protest against racism in front of the White House earlier this week. Credit: Mark Wilson/ Getty Images).

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South Korean tech giant Samsung launches its flagship Galaxy Note 8 phone and sees its vice-chairman Jay Y. Lee jailed for corruption. Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies weighs up Samsung's fortunes. Plus, we speak to Kaspar Korjus, the man behind a plan in Estonia to launch an official crypto-currency. And we drop in on the Arcola Energy Hydrogen Hack to meet young people making use of fuel cells in electronics projects. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Izabella Kaminska from the Financial Times.

(Image: A woman tries the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone during the launch event in New York City this week. Credit: Drew Angerer/ Getty Images).

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Keller Rinaudo of Zipline tells us how drones are helping African citizens to access healthcare and reveals plans to expand his drone delivery service to Tanzania. Plus, we speak to David Paja of automotive technology giant Delphi about why your car could soon be another way for companies to gather and trade data about you. And we get the latest on the gadgets on show at the IFA tech fair in Berlin in time for the holiday shopping season. Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with BBC technology reporter Mary-Ann Russon, and special guest Thomas Tamblyn, tech editor of HuffPost UK.

(Image: A Zipline technician prepares a delivery drone for launch near Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/ AFP/ Getty Images).

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Is Nissan's new Leaf the car that will make electric vehicles commonplace? We ask Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield from the YouTube channel Transport Evolved, who attended the launch in Tokyo. Plus, what facial recognition tech can tell about you. And, we chat to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, author of the new book "The Influential Mind", about why she thinks it's futile to try to change people's minds online with facts. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Online technology correspondent Mark Ward, and special guest Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist.

(Image: New Nissan Leaf at its launch in Tokyo, Credit:EPA/ KIMIMASA MAYAMA).

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The Russian antivirus provider Kaspersky sells its products worldwide - but now the Trump administration has ordered US government agencies to stop using the company's products. The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones speaks to Eugene Kaspersky.

Later in the programme, Brian Merchant, the author of the One Device, an account of the birth of the iPhone and its impact on the world, says he doesn't think that another revolution had been unleashed by Apple.

During the recent hurricane and flooding in Texas, an app called Zello which turns a phone into a sort of walkie-talkie was widely used by people trying to get help. We speak to Holly Hartman, a teacher at Memorial High School in Houston, who used the Zello app to help co-ordinate rescue efforts.

And following the Equifax hack, British entrepreneur Nick Halstead says we need to decentralise data.

Rory is joined by BBC Technology reporter Zoe Kleinman.

(Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, in New York. Photo credit: Reuters.)

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Facebook says it'll give the US Congress details of political ads placed by Russians during the presidential election - does the move mark a shift in its attitude to how its platform is used? Plus, how Alphabet's Google is paying $1.1bn to Taiwan's HTC to strengthen its Pixel smartphone business. And, we speak to Sayyeda Salam from the charity Save the Children about its new app designed to help Syrian refugee children in Jordan keep up with their school lessons. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Ian Fogg,Senior Director, Mobile and Telecoms at IHS Markit.

(Image: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Credit: David Ramos/ Getty Images).

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Amazon unveils a new range of home devices using its Alexa AI assistant. But will customers be baffled by too many devices to choose from? Plus, we talk to Steven Wilson, the head of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, on the biggest cyber-threats to watch out for. And, Gwen Lighter from the startup GoFly tells us why she's running a competition asking people to design a personal flying machine. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Kate Bevan, technology writer and broadcaster.

(Image: Group of people in a living room using Amazon Echo Buttons accessory, Credit: Amazon).

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Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world

Google reveals new Pixel 2 phones and a bigger range of intelligent Home speakers, but the focus is on its AI Assistant software. Plus, is your computer or smartphone secretly making money for someone else? We hear how websites can use your machine to mine cryptocurrency, without telling you. And we chat to a man who spends his time baiting online scammers. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Online tech correspondent Mark Ward, and special guest Emily Orton from the computer security firm Darktrace.

(Image: Google Home Mini devices, Credit: Google).

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Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says virtual reality is the future, but Apple's boss Tim Cook dismisses it as niche tech. Who is right? Plus, not so long ago, Silicon Valley could seemingly do little wrong. But is the political and cultural tide turning against the US tech industry's "disruptive" behaviour? We ask Phil Libin, founder of the AI startup studio All Turtles and the man behind the Evernote app. And, in the week that Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women's contribution to science and technology, we chat to female winners of the TeenTech awards about their ambitions. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent for the Financial Times.

(Image: Woman trying out Oculus Go VR headset, Credit: Facebook).

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Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world

The software that beat the world champion at the ancient game of Go can now teach itself to play, and outperform its previous version. Is this a big step towards general artificial intelligence? Plus, we visit a conference for Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs, the investment craze that's sweeping the cryptocurrency world. And, we chat to Professor William Webb, telecoms expert and author of the forthcoming book Our Digital Future, on why he thinks tech such as fully autonomous cars and 5G data networks are much further away than many companies claim. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Jane Wakefield, and special guest Ingrid Lunden, writer and editor at TechCrunch.

(Image: Computer-generated human head representing artificial intelligence, Credit: Getty Images).

198Facebook Scares Publishers20171027

An experiment making it harder for people to see news alarms smaller media companies.

An experiment removing unpaid news posts from Facebook users' main feeds alarms media firms relying on the social giant for viewers. We ask Joshua Benton from the Nieman Journalism Lab whether publishers are right to be worried. Plus, Twitter bans ads from some Russian sources and pledges to reveal the origin and funding of political advertising. Are Facebook and Twitter feeling the heat over accusations they help foreign powers to influence elections? Roland Lamb, the creator of the ROLI Seaboard musical instrument chats to us about star endorsements in tech as he brings Pharrell Williams on board his venture. And, we visit The Glass Room, an exhibit that looks like a technology store but aims to show people how much private data they give away online. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Keith Collins from the Quartz news site.

(Image: People browsing Facebook on smartphones, Credit:ISSOUF SANOGO/ AFP/ Getty Images).

Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world

199Senators Grill Social Giants20171103

Facebook, Google, and Twitter face questions over alleged Russian election influence.

Internet firms Facebook, Google, and Twitter face questions from Senators over alleged Russian influence on the 2016 US Presidential election. Plus, does blockchain technology offer a way to fix the "fake news" problem? We speak to the startup Publiq which thinks it does. And, we hear how you set up an ecommerce business in Somalia. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Silicon Valley reporter Dave Lee, and tech journalist Kate Bevan.

(Image: (L-R) Colin Stretch, general counsel for Facebook, Sean Edgett, acting general counsel for Twitter, and Richard Salgado, director of law enforcement and information security at Google, testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts).

Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world

200Waymo Hails Driverless Taxi20171110

Waymo autonomous cars will soon offer the public rides with nobody at the wheel.

Waymo, formerly Google's autonomous car project, will soon offer the public rides with nobody at the wheel. Is the era of driverless taxis here? We ask the transport journalist Christian Wolmar, and our special guest Professor Paul Newman who leads the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group and its spin-out company Oxbotica. Plus, a wave of money is being invested in artificial intelligence and health. What's it being used for? We chat to physicist and startup founder Dr Elina Berglund, one of the team who identified the Higgs-Boson particle, who's now using AI to help couples with family planning. And we discover the ways in which Britain's National Health Service wants to benefit from AI.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Silicon Valley reporter Dave Lee in San Francisco. (Image: Waymo self-driving minivan on public roads, Credit: Waymo).

201Tesla Keeps On Trucking20171117

The US electric car maker reveals a battery-powered freight truck, and a sports car.

US electric car maker Tesla doubles down on its ambitions by unveiling a battery-powered Semi-truck and a new Roadster 2 sports car. Plus, James Chappell of security firm Digital Shadows shows us evidence of a dark web industry dedicated to creating and spreading "fake news". And should users of Apple's new iPhone X be concerned about claims that its facial recognition system can be fooled by a mask? We ask James Lyne, global head of research and development at SANS Institute. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Rhiannon Williams, technology correspondent at the i newspaper.

(Photo: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 in California. Credit: Reuters)

US electric car maker Tesla doubles down on its ambitions by unveiling a battery-powered Semi-truck and a new Roadster 2 sports car. Plus, James Chappell of security firm Digital Shadows shows us evidence of a dark web industry dedicated to creating and spreading "fake news". And should users of Apple's new iPhone X be concerned about claims that its facial recognition system can be fooled by a mask? We ask James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Rhiannon Williams, technology correspondent at the i newspaper.

(Photo: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 in California. Credit: Reuters)

US electric car maker Tesla doubles down on its ambitions by unveiling a battery-powered Semi-truck and a new Roadster 2 sports car. Plus, James Chappell of security firm Digital Shadows shows us evidence of a dark web industry dedicated to creating and spreading "fake news". And should users of Apple's new iPhone X be concerned about claims that its facial recognition system can be fooled by a mask? We ask James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Rhiannon Williams, technology correspondent at the i newspaper.

(Image: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Roadster 2 in California, Credit: Reuters).

202China's Tencent Overtakes Facebook20171124

The owner of the WeChat social network has global reach with stakes in Lyft and Tesla.

The owner of the WeChat social network also has stakes in Lyft and Tesla and is a leader in gaming. Should its Western rivals be worried about its ambitions? We hear from Kitty Fok, Managing Director of IDC China, and we visit London's V&A museum to see a digital exhibit of the WeChat platform. Plus, we meet Oliver Montague, an inventor who believes the future of mass electric transport lies not in high-end cars, but in bicycles. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Joon Ian Wong from the Quartz website.

(Image: The logo of Chinese instant messaging platform WeChat on a mobile device, Credit: PETER PARKS/ AFP/ Getty Images).

203Apple's Root Problem20171201

How a security bug let anyone take control of Mac computers without entering a password.

How a security bug let anyone take full control of Mac computers without entering a password. Professor Angela Sasse from the department of computer science at University College London tells us how Apple made an "elementary" mistake. Plus, are the energy costs of mining the cryptocurrency Bitcoin becoming excessive when everyone is supposed to be reducing their carbon footprint? And, as e-sports continue to grow, we chat to games caster The Rum Ham and professional player ElecTr1fy ahead of the Clash Royale Crown World Championship final in London. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech correspondent Mark Ward, and special guest Hilary Lamb, news reporter at the Institution of Engineering and Technology magazine E&T.

(Image:An Apple employee points to the Touch Bar on a new Apple MacBook Pro, Credit: Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)

204Cryptokitties Slow Down Blockchain20171208

Digital kittens bring a friendly face to blockchain technology but reveal problems.

A game involving buying and breeding digital kittens gives blockchain technology a friendly face, but exposes weaknesses with the Ethereum cryptocurrency in meeting demand. We talk to Elsa Wilk from Axiom Zen, the company behind the game. Plus, we hear how the city of Moscow is applying blockchain tech to a citizen voting system. Andrey Belozerov, Moscow's strategy and innovations adviser, tells us more. And, Cindy Sui reports on how Taiwan plans to grow a software startup scene. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Jane Wakefield, and special guest Kate Bevan, tech journalist and information security specialist.

(Image: Kitten character from CryptoKitties game, Credit: Axiom Zen).

205Us Axes Net Neutrality20171215

Communications regulator relaxes rules on internet providers governing treatment of data.

American internet providers will no longer have to treat all data equally after the communications regulator the FCC relaxed the rules. Is it a blow for consumers and a win for telecoms companies or just a return to a previously successful system? Plus, Slava Rubin, co-founder of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, tell us why it will give a home to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), part of the investment craze around crypto-currencies. And could vast indoor farms help solve the world's food problems? We chat to Matt Barnard of Plenty, a US startup that thinks they could. Presented by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, with tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Vicki Turk, senior editor at Wired UK.

(Image: Abstract picture of woman against a cityscape accessing different types of data, Credit: Getty Images).

206Tech Quiz Of The Year 201720171222

Test yourself against the BBC tech team in our annual end of year quiz.

207What Next For Artificial Intelligence?20171229

Rory Cellan-Jones looks at key developments in AI during 2017 and what's coming in 2018.

Creating new medicines and teaching autonomous cars to drive are just two of the jobs that AI is already working on. Rory Cellan-Jones looks at what’s happening with AI in healthcare, transport, and considers the ethical issues involved in developing this technology further in 2018. With contributions from Jerome Pesenti, CEO of BenevolentAI and former Vice-President of IBM’s Watson Platform, Martha Lane Fox, dotcom pioneer and director of Twitter, Luciano Floridi from the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford University, and Chris Hoyle from British simulation company rFpro. With special guests Tabitha Goldstaub of CognitionX and Azeem Azhar, author of The Exponential View newsletter.

(Image: Mock-up of a driver behind the wheel of an autonomous car, and how the vehicle might see its surroundings, Credit: iStock/ Getty Images).

208The Big Tech Backlash20180105

The reputations of Silicon Valley tech firms took a hit in 2017. Will 2018 be any better?

The reputations of Silicon Valley tech firms took a hit in 2017. Will 2018 be any better? Rory Cellan-Jones speaks to Frank Foer, author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. And will 2018 be another bumper year for cryptocurrencies? We hear from Brad Garlinghouse, chief executive of Ripple - the company behind one surging Bitcoin rival - and David Gerard, a blockchain sceptic. The BBC's Leo Kelion looks ahead to CES - the world's biggest tech conference taking place in Las Vegas next week. And Jane Wakefield is also in the studio to talk about the computer bug affecting almost the entire computer market.

(Photo: An employee's laptop at Facebook's new headquarters in London, Credit: Getty Images)

209Ces 201820180112

Rory Cellan-Jones visits CES, the electronics industry's giant annual event in Las Vegas.

Rory Cellan-Jones and the Tech Tent team visit CES, the electronics industry's giant annual event in Las Vegas where manufacturers unveil the gadgets that will soon be in the shops. We meet a scarily realistic humanoid robot and check out a new Chinese-backed electric car. Plus we chat to China's search giant Baidu about facial recognition. With BBC tech reporters Chris Foxx, Zoe Kleinman, and Dave Lee, and special guest Ben Wood from CCS Insight.

(Image: A concept autonomous vehicle cabin is displayed at the Panasonic booth during CES 2018, Credit: David Becker/ Getty Images).

210'revenge Porn' Victory For Youtube Star20180119

Chrissy Chambers wins case against ex-boyfriend who posted explicit videos of her online.

Singer Chrissy Chambers, who won damages from an ex-boyfriend for posting explicit videos of her online, tells us how she wanted to set an example to others. Plus, Kai-Fu Lee, former President of Google China talks to us about China's ambitions to lead in artificial intelligence. And Rahul Tandon reports from India on why the massive "Adhaar" biometric ID card scheme is proving controversial for many. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Jane Wakefield, and special guest Shona Ghosh, senior tech reporter at the Business Insider website.

(Image: Musician and YouTube personality Chrissy Chambers, Credit: Chris Foxx/ BBC).

211Hyperloop: Hype Or Not?20180126

Is Hyperloop closer to being a viable means of future transport?

We visit Virgin Hyperloop One in Nevada, and speak to Anita Sengupta, head of systems engineering on the project, to find out whether the futuristic idea proposed by Elon Musk is closer to being a viable means of transport. Plus, renowned security researcher and Pluralsight author Troy Hunt talks to us about Meltdown and Spectre, the serious security flaws revealed in many of the chips running our computers and mobile devices. And our reporter Jane Wakefield tries out Lenovo and Google's latest attempt to bring virtual reality into the classroom.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Dr Colin Brown, Director at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

(Image: People photographing the inside of a Hyperloop One tube following a first test of a propulsion system. Credit: David Becker/ Getty Images).

212Crypto-currencies Facing Clampdown20180202

Facebook blocks crypto-currency adverts and US regulator halts an Initial Coin Offering.

As the US financial regulator the SEC blocks an Initial Coin Offering over alleged fraudulent activity, and Facebook says it will stop adverts for crypto-currencies, does this week mark a reality check for Bitcoin and other alternative currencies? Becky Pinkard from security firm Digital Shadows tells us how cybercrooks are jumping on the crypto-currency bandwagon. Plus, Matthew Prince, the boss of internet hosting platform Cloudflare, tells us why he thinks governments have a right to control what internet users see in their own countries. And our special guest Rosie Spinks from Quartz talks to us about revelations that the fitness app Strava can reveal information about the location of sensitive military sites and their occupants.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Online tech correspondent Mark Ward. (Image: A woman uses an ATM for Bitcoin in Hong Kong, Credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/ AFP/ Getty Images).

213Driverless Cars In Court20180209

Are driverless cars the next battleground for tech giants?

Are driverless cars the next battleground for tech giants? Jane Wakefield gets the latest on a court case involving Uber from the BBC's Dave Lee in San Francisco. Also on the show, we hear from Dr Rangan Chatterjee, a general practitioner who's concerned that too much social media is harming the mental health of teenagers, and from Priya Lakhani, founder of a tech firm bringing artificial intelligence into the classroom. Plus a biohacker with microchips and magnets under her skin. Our special guest this week is Thomas Tamblyn, technology editor at the Huffington Post UK.

(Photo: Uber testing driverless cars, Credit: Getty Images)

214Two Sides Of The Crypto-coin20180216

Hackers hijacked 4,000 websites, including government ones, to mine crypto-currencies without visitors knowing. Scott Helme, the security researcher who found the flaw, tells us what happened. Plus, how online publisher Salon.com plans to use digital currencies to offset revenue lost to ad-blocking software. Salon chief executive Jordan Hoffner talks to us. And why Estonian startup WePower thinks Initial Coin Offerings are the best way to fund cleaner energy. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Perveen Akhtar, and special guest Adriana Hamacher, managing editor of Blockchain News.

(Image: Coins stacked against an abstract circuit board background, Credit: Getty Images).

How hackers and entrepreneurs are focusing their attention on crypto-currencies.

215Worries Over Ai Misuse20180223

Researchers say the misuse of artificial intelligence is already happening. Haydn Belfield from Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk tells us how. AirBnB reveals plans to introduce a tier of more professional, upmarket properties, so is it now firmly part of the hospitality industry? And "cyber-spy hunter" Dmitri Alperovich, who revealed Russian hacking of the US Democratic Party, says his main worry right now is North Korea's cyber activity. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Jane Wakefield and Rowland Manthorpe from Wired UK.

(Image: Drawing of lines of scary robots using computers, Credit: Getty Images).

Researchers say the misuse of artificial intelligence is already happening.

216Mobile World Congress 201820180302

Nokia reissues the 90s classic 8110 "banana phone" - Florian Seiche, the chief executive of HMD Global, the company behind the brand, tells us why he hopes the device will encourage some people to use phone apps for the first time. We also speak to the designer of the original 8110, Andrea Finke-Anlauff, about mobile phone design today. Plus, the boss of Huawei's consumer business Richard Yu declares the Chinese company's ambitions to become the world's leading handset maker, ahead of Samsung and Apple. And tech analysts Ben Wood from CCS Insight and Carolina Milanesi from Creative Strategies give their take on the state of the mobile phone industry. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Chris Foxx.

(Image: People arriving at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2018, Credit: PAU BARRENA/ AFP/ Getty Images).

217Equal Net Fight Continues20180309

The "father of the Web" Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the fight for net neutrality isn't over.

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work

The "father of the Web" Sir Tim Berners-Lee says people should protest on the streets for the principle of net neutrality, in which all internet traffic is treated equally. Plus, after another embarrassing incident in which YouTube placed adverts next to controversial videos, are advertisers closer to losing patience with Google? We ask Johnny Hornby, founding partner of The&Partnership agency. And, we ask the businessman and investor Sunil Wadhwani why he wants to use artificial intelligence to tackle India's social problems. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Jane Wakefield, and special guest Kayleigh Bateman, head of digital content at the WeAreTheCity website.

(Image: Protesters at a net neutrality rally in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2017, Credit: RYAN MCBRIDE/ AFP/ Getty Images).

Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

218Facebook Removes Far-right Group20180316

Their videos were shared by Donald Trump, but now Facebook bans the group Britain First.

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work

Their videos were shared by Donald Trump, but now Facebook bans the group Britain First. Plus, Google says it will no longer carry ads promoting cryptocurrencies. How much of a blow is it to a buzzing sector? We ask Zeeshan Feroz, UK chief executive of the Coinbase exchange. And our special guest Tugce Bulut, founder of Streetbees, tells us why her company pays people in developing countries to show it how they go about their daily lives.

(Photo: Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen (L) and leader Paul Golding (R) pictured in January 2018, Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

219Privacy Crisis Engulfs Facebook20180323

Data on Facebook members was passed to political consultants without the users knowing.

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work

Facebook wants to rebuild trust after data on millions of its members was passed to a political consultancy - Cambridge Analytica - that worked for Donald Trump's campaign, without the users knowing. But is it a turning point for the way in which Facebook and the other tech giants do business? Plus are autonomous flying taxis a serious prospect for easing urban congestion? And are African governments too close to Facebook when it comes to safeguarding their citizens' privacy? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporters Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield, and special guest Emma Mulqueeny, expert on digital transformation and digital democracy.

(Image: On-screen Facebook logo reflected in a woman's eye, Credit: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/ AFP/ Getty Images).

220Facebook Revamps Privacy Settings20180330

The social media giant continues to face pressure over data gathering and sharing.

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work

The social media giant continues to face pressure over data gathering and sharing. We take you behind the scenes with a marketer to show you how advertisers learn about and target you on Facebook. Plus, autonomous driving moves forward as Waymo ties-up with car-maker Jaguar. But will on-demand cars help or worsen urban congestion? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Online tech desk editor Leo Kelion, and special guests Kate Bevan, editor of Which? Computing, and Jeni Tennison from the Open Data Institute.

(Image: The Facebook app uninstall / open page on a smartphone, Credit: ARUN SANKAR/ AFP/ Getty Images).

221Facebook's Data Scandal Deepens20180406

Mark Zuckerberg reveals almost all users could have had details "scraped" by others.

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg tells reporters even more people had their data passed to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica than previously thought, and almost all Facebook users could have had data from their public profile "scraped" by "malicious actors". Plus, Microsoft claims a breakthrough on the road to quantum computing. And a new OECD report forecasts that fewer people's jobs are likely to be destroyed by artificial intelligence and robots than was suggested by a much-cited 2013 Oxford University study. Presented by Rory Cellan-jones, with BBC tech reporter Chris Foxx, and special guest Rowland Manthorpe, senior editor at Wired UK.

(Image: Mark Zuckerberg giving the keynote speech at Facebook's F8 developer conference in 2017, Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images).

222Who's Watching You Online?20180413

Facebook's boss Mark Zuckerberg tells Congress users control their data - but do they?

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work

Facebook's boss Mark Zuckerberg tells the US Congress that users control their data - but do they really? We examine how more information is gathered about you than you might think. And we ask how deeply the University of Cambridge is involved in the Facebook data scandal. Vesselin Popov from the Psychometrics Centre at the university responds. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Frederike Kaltheuner from Privacy International.

(Image: Woman looking at data on a computer screen as if seen from behind the glass, Credit: Getty Images).

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Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work