Technological and digital news from around the world.

Click is travelling North to one of the oldest cities in the country to look at some of the most groundbreaking artificial intelligence in gaming. We are visiting the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York where they are researching creative technologies that will come to our games consoles and entertainment systems in the years to come.

Gaming for Peace in South Sudan
A mobile game called Salaam, meaning 'peace' in Arabic has been developed by a Lual Mayen, a games designer from South Sudan. But this is a game with a difference, instead of arming players with guns and ammo, the object is to destroy them and spread some peace instead. He has two big influences: Grand Theft Auto but even more significantly, the conflict in South Sudan. He was raised as a refugee but eventually managed to pursue his interest in programming by developing mobile banking applications and then gaming. Salaam featured in South Sudan’s first ever games jam earlier this year.

Calling the BBC - Ham Radio is Back!
For over half a century the BBC has had its own Ham Radio group. After several years of planning, the group’s latest home has just opened in BBC Broadcasting House in London. The Director General Tony Hall officially opening the new radio shack recently under direction from Jonathan Kempster. But in an age of Skype, FaceTime and instant messaging, is amateur radio still relevant and if so why?

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Analysis of a court ruling to block The Pirate Bay website

A British High Court has ruled that ISPs in the UK must block the Pirate Bay website. It follows a judgement in February that The Pirate Bay and its users violated copyright for nine record labels based in the UK. Click analyses the news.

The International Telecommunication Union recently celebrated its Girls in ICT Day. One of those taking part was sixteen year old Joanne O'Riordan from Ireland. Joanne, who was born without arms or legs, delivered the keynote address at the event. She tells Click about how technology has transformed her life.

In a disaster communication is imperative. A text based system called TERA aims to get early warning out to thousands of people instantaneously. TERA, Trilogy Emergency Response Application, aims to refine emergency responses: it is engineered to make the SMS alerts as relevant as possible, by sending the messages within defined geographical areas. It is a project of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies born out of the experience of the earthquake in Haiti. Robin Burton joins Click to discuss plans to roll TERA out around the world.

Earlier in the year Click played some electronic music in the studio that had been computer-generated using an open-source program called SuperCollider. Invented in 1996, it allows developers to take information from their environment or existing tracks and turn them into something new and beautiful. Well, just how beautiful is open to interpretation. And that is why there was a recent competition in London, judged appropriately, by computers - to discover the best music remixes produced using SuperCollider. Angela Saini reports from the SuperCollider Symposium at Queen Mary, University of London.


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