The Network

Alun Lewis with the series that guides you through the information age.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19940621]

Six programmes about one of the most valuable resources of the modern world - information.

1: The Victorians knew the value of information -they established a national network of local libraries that still exists today. Alun Lewis investigates this early attempt at an information superhighway, and discovers what the future may hold. Producer Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940621]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940628]

2: Pay with a credit card, get some money from a cash machine, make a call on a mobile phone: every time you do one of these things, you're logged on a computer. A large number of our actions now leave behind an "electronic fingerprint". But how easy is it to get at this information, and what uses can it be put to? Alun Lewis investigates. Producer Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940628]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940705]

The BBC broadcasts news 24 hours a day. But where does all this news come from?

Alun Lewis looks at the complex web of news services that cover the globe and discovers how the increasing speed with which news is transmitted affects those who make it and those who are in it.

Producer Peter Croasdale

EMAIL: The_Network@cix.com pulink.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940705]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940712]

The relationship between privacy and democracy has always been a fine balancing act. But computers are starting to put pressure on the scales. Unbreakable codes are now allowing people to communicate without fear of government interception. Alun Lewis examines the US Government's incredible reaction to this threat. Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: The_Network@cix.compulinkxo.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940712]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940719]

The main similarity between the weather and cyberspace is that neither recognise national boundaries. And it is precisely this irritating facet which led to the setting up of some early international networks. Alun Lewis looks at the channels of communication in the Channel, and how they got the information to move faster than a cold front.

Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: The_Network@cix.compulink.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940719]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940726]

Cash machines are marvellous things, allowing access to money day or night. But what about phantom withdrawals? Do they really happen, or do the computers that banks use never make mistakes? Alun Lewis investigates, in the last of the series. Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: The_Network@cix.compulink.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940726]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950418]

Alun Lewis returns with the series that deals in the currency of our age: information. Details of our data-rich age are downloaded in discussion on the programme that is inventively interactive -and live.

Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: The-Network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950418]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950425]

Alun Lewis presents the programme all about information. Including live interaction with the Internet and reaction to e-mail received on-air. Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: The.Network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950425]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950502]

Instant global access to a vast range of services via the Internet is great until you try to pay. So this week

Alun Lewis looks at electronic money and asks if our cash is safe in cyberspace.

Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950502]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950509]

After many years of trying, software companies still have real problems protecting their copyright.

Alun Lewis explores what might happen when all intellectual property is available via computer. What will copyright mean then? Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950509]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950516]

In an information rich world, what does the future hold for higher education? Alun Lewis investigates the impact of IT on the campus. Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950516]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950523]

If information is power, how do the powerful react to information technology? In the last of the series,

Alun Lewis investigates the impact of IT on governments and democracy. Producer Peter Croasdale

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950523]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950919]

Alun Lewis returns with the programme that processes information about information. With digitally produced discussions, downloading details of our data rich age, it's absorbingly byte-happy, inventively interactive, and live. Producer Toby Murcott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950919]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Toby Murcott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950926]

Champions of the information revolution claim that everyone will be able to talk to everone else, but what about those without the access or skills? Alun Lewis asks who will be the losers and looks at the attempts to ensure that no one is left behind.

Producer Toby Murcott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950926]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19951003]

Alun Lewis looks at the emergence of TV and radio on demand. Is this programme going out at the wrong time? Would listeners rather hear something else? Soon we may be able to dial up and choose what we want exactly when we want it. Producer Toby Murcott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951003]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19951010]

Humans are emotional, unpredictable and vague. Technology is insensitive, single track and will respond to vague commands with a clear "Error".

Alun Lewis explores the latest research in how to get these two very different systems to communicate. Producer Toby Murcott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951010]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19951017]

Information is the lifeblood of history, and today more information is stored than ever before. This week,

Alun Lewis asks whether historians of the future will find this wealth of data a blessing or a curse. Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the-network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951017]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19951024]

The ever-informative Alun Lewis ' presents the last of the series which processes information about information.

Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the-network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951024]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960507]

A huge amount of information is held on each of us, and every day more is gathered and flashed electronically around the world. In the first of a six-part series, Alun Lewis examines the problems of privacy and confidentiality in the electronic age.

Producer Toby Murcott. E-MAIL: the.network@ bbc.co.uk. WEBSITE: http://www.bbcnc.org. uk/radio/radio4/network/

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960507]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Toby Murcott.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960514]

The future of the mass media is in narrowcasting: specialist broadcasting for special interest groups. But advertisers want their message to reach as many people as possible. Alun Lewis asks whether these two conflicting interests can be reconciled. Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the.network@>bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: http://www.bbcnc.org.uk/radio /radio4/network

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960514]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960521]

Art is communication and artists use whatever is available to communicate their message. So has art embraced the information age?

Presented by Alun Lewis. Producer Toby Murcott.

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: http://www.bbcnc.org.uk/radio/ radio4/network

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960521]

Presented By: Alun Lewis.

Producer: Toby Murcott.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960528]

The military machine thrives on intelligence, with information used as both a tool and a weapon. This week, Alun Lewis explores the link between the military and the information revolution.

Producer Toby Murcott. E-MAIL: the. network® bbc.co.uk. WEB SITE: http://www.bbcnc.org.uk/ radio/radio4/network

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960528]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960604]

Companies large and small, near and far, are throwing themselves on to the Internet, but will any of them actually make a living from it? Alun Lewis asks whether a virtual world can make real money?

Producer Toby Murcott

E MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk. WEB SITE: http: //www.bbcnc. org.uk/radio/radio4/network

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960604]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960611]

In the last of the series, Alun Lewis weighs up the merits of different address systems in relation to new electronic communications. Producer Toby Murcott. EMAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk. WEB SITE: http:// www.bbcnc.org.uk/radio/radio4/network

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960611]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960917]

Alun Lewis presents a new series of the programme which cuts through to the heart of the information revolution.

Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960917]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19960924]

Alun Lewis presents the series about the information revolution.

The morning routine of rise, breakfast and travel to work is already less common, but in the information age will it disappear completely? So what is the future of work?

Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960924]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961001]

Alun Lewis presents the series about the information revolution.

The world is shrinking and borders are starting to disappear. Travel is now easy, but what about communications across borders? This programme comes live from Paris and takes a global look at the information age. Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961001]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961008]

Alun Lewis presents the series about the information revolution.

Information is everything we see, hear, feel, touch or even taste.

Appearance can be just as important as content as Alun Lewis discovers how to make a bigger splash. Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961008]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Toby Murcott

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961015]

There is a lot of concern about the "wrong sort of information" being found on the internet. This week, Alun Lewis asks if it is possible to censor. Producer Toby Murcot. E-MAIL: the.network @bbc.co.uk. WEB SITE: http://www. bbcnc.org.uk/ radio/radio4/network/

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961015]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Toby Murcot.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961022]

Good health care requires good information. An up-to-date doctor treating a well-informed patient is ideal. So how can the information revolution improve the practice of medicine? Alun Lewis investigates. Producer Toby Murcott

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: http://www.bbcnc.org.uk/ radio/radio4/network/

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961022]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970429]

Alun Lewis returns with the series that walks through the minefield of the information age. This week, the history and future of global communications. Can the world get any smaller?

Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970429]

Alun Lewis returns with the series that walks through the minefield of the information age. This week, the history and future of global communications. Can the world get any smaller?

Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970429]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970429]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970506]

Alun Lewis with the series that walks through the minefield of the information age. Today he wanders down to a street in London to meet an on-line neighbourhood where the houses are networked together. He finds out how they are getting to grips with the information age, and discovers just what it can do for fly-fishing. Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970506]

Alun Lewis with the series that walks through the minefield of the information age. Today he wanders down to a street in London to meet an on-line neighbourhood where the houses are networked together. He finds out how they are getting to grips with the information age, and discovers just what it can do for fly-fishing. Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970506]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970506]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970513]

The third of six programmes walking through the minefield of the information age considers its impact on how people get about. Imagine: robots drive people's cars, and as everyone works from home, there is no need to commute. Is this the future of transport? Alun Lewis investigates. Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970513]

The third of six programmes walking through the minefield of the information age considers its impact on how people get about. Imagine: robots drive people's cars, and as everyone works from home, there is no need to commute. Is this the future of transport? Alun Lewis investigates. Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970513]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970513]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970520]

In the age of information, knowledge is power. In the fourth of six programmes presenter Alun Lewis sets out to discover what people are using this knowledge for and what it might do to society. Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970520]

In the age of information, knowledge is power. In the fourth of six programmes presenter Alun Lewis sets out to discover what people are using this knowledge for and what it might do to society. Producer Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970520]

Presenter: Alun Lewis

Producer: Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970520]

Presenter: Alun Lewis

Producer: Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970527]

The fifth of six programmes about the information age. Alun Lewis tries his hand at toppling governments by e-mail and doing his weekly shopping from home.

Producer Rami Tzabar

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970527]

The fifth of six programmes about the information age. Alun Lewis tries his hand at toppling governments by e-mail and doing his weekly shopping from home.

Producer Rami Tzabar

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970527]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970527]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970603]

The last of six programmes about the information age. Can information have a life of its own? Alun Lewis talks to Igor Aleksander and Richard Dawkins about artificial consciousness. Producer Rami Tzabar

E-MAIL address: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970603]

The last of six programmes about the information age. Can information have a life of its own? Alun Lewis talks to Igor Aleksander and Richard Dawkins about artificial consciousness. Producer Rami Tzabar

E-MAIL address: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970603]

Talks: Alun Lewis

Unknown: Igor Aleksander

Unknown: Richard Dawkins

Producer: Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970603]

Talks: Alun Lewis

Unknown: Igor Aleksander

Unknown: Richard Dawkins

Producer: Rami Tzabar

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971118]

Alun Lewis returns with the series that guides you through the information age. 1: Ghosts in the Machine. How is computing power catering for those in search of spiritual enlightenment? Producer Jim Clarke

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971118]

Alun Lewis returns with the series that guides you through the information age. 1: Ghosts in the Machine. How is computing power catering for those in search of spiritual enlightenment? Producer Jim Clarke

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971118]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Jim Clarke

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971118]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Jim Clarke

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971125]

Alun Lewis presents the series that guides you through the information age. 2: Creativity from the Keyboard

In 1946, an obscure Russian patent clerk published a new theory on the creativity of invention considered so radical that it cost him ten years in the Gulag. His methods have now been rediscovered and computerised, with remarkable results.

Producer Jim Clarke

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971125]

Alun Lewis presents the series that guides you through the information age. 2: Creativity from the Keyboard

In 1946, an obscure Russian patent clerk published a new theory on the creativity of invention considered so radical that it cost him ten years in the Gulag. His methods have now been rediscovered and computerised, with remarkable results.

Producer Jim Clarke

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971125]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971125]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971202]

A six-part guide to the information age. 3: Digitally Decisive

Does having access to more information mean that we always make better decisions? Alun Lewis puts computing power to the test. Producer Jim Clarke

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971202]

A six-part guide to the information age. 3: Digitally Decisive

Does having access to more information mean that we always make better decisions? Alun Lewis puts computing power to the test. Producer Jim Clarke

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971202]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971202]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971209]

A six-part guide to the information age. 4: Computer dating is now commonplace. But what about computer sex? Long-lost friends and new-found lovers are meeting anonymously in cyberspace. Alun Lewis asks if cybersex can lead to cyber-adultery? And what if that long-lost friend is not who they seem? Producer Rami Tzabar

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971209]

A six-part guide to the information age. 4: Computer dating is now commonplace. But what about computer sex? Long-lost friends and new-found lovers are meeting anonymously in cyberspace. Alun Lewis asks if cybersex can lead to cyber-adultery? And what if that long-lost friend is not who they seem? Producer Rami Tzabar

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971209]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971209]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971216]

Alun Lewis presents a six-part guide to the information age.

5: Whose Fault Is It Anyway?

Even in the digital age. Murphy's Law lives on - if it can go wrong, it will. We love to point the finger at technology, but who is really to blame? Producer Rami Tzabar.

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971216]

Alun Lewis presents a six-part guide to the information age.

5: Whose Fault Is It Anyway?

Even in the digital age. Murphy's Law lives on - if it can go wrong, it will. We love to point the finger at technology, but who is really to blame? Producer Rami Tzabar.

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971216]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Rami Tzabar.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971216]

Unknown: Alun Lewis

Producer: Rami Tzabar.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971223]

In the last of six programmes about the information age, Alun Lewis and guests contemplate the future. How will we work and play in the 21st century and beyond? Will information rule - or has it already taken over? Producer Rami Tzabar.

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971223]

In the last of six programmes about the information age, Alun Lewis and guests contemplate the future. How will we work and play in the 21st century and beyond? Will information rule - or has it already taken over? Producer Rami Tzabar.

E-MAIL: the.network@bbc.co.uk

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971223]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971223]
Programme Catalogue - Details: 19 September 199519950919

Producer: T. MURCOTT

Next in series: 17 September 1996

Previous in series: 6/6

Description

Pres by Alun LEWIS. Producer Toby MURCOTT.

Subject Categories

documentaries (programme format)

discussion programmes (programme format)

science programmes (genre)

perfection

superiority

fear

artificial intelligence

social groups

calculation (mathematics)

applied sciences

use of computers

computer programs

electronic apparatus

Broadcast history

19 Sep 1995 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Alun Lewis

Angela Lamont

Toby Murcott (Producer)

Ian Dyer (Speaker)

Alan Beard (Speaker)

Roger Silverstone (sussex university (spkr)) (Speaker)

Steve Woolgar (Speaker)

Christine Guilfoyle (Speaker)

Alex Goodall (Speaker)

Liz Healey (Speaker)

Claire Madalana (Speaker)

Michael Fisher (manchester met university (spk) (Speaker)

Andrew Sutherland (oracle (spkr)) (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 4

197B0519970527

The fifth of six programmes that walk through the minefield of the information age.

In this age, is power - but power to do what? Alun Lewis finds out what we can do with information and tries his hand at toppling governments by e-mail, and doing his weekly shopping from home.

197B0519970527

The fifth of six programmes that walk through the minefield of the information age.

In this age, is power - but power to do what? Alun Lewis finds out what we can do with information and tries his hand at toppling governments by e-mail, and doing his weekly shopping from home.

197B06 LAST19970603

With internet terminals across the globe, the nature of live entertainment is changing fast.

Not only does the audience not have to turn up for a concert, neither does the band.

But is this really an interactive event, or simply a couch potato charter? Alun Lewis delves into the new world of networked performance.

197B06 LAST19970603

With internet terminals across the globe, the nature of live entertainment is changing fast.

Not only does the audience not have to turn up for a concert, neither does the band.

But is this really an interactive event, or simply a couch potato charter? Alun Lewis delves into the new world of networked performance.

197D01Ghosts In The Machine19971118

How is computing power catering for those in search of spiritual enlightenment?

197D01Ghosts In The Machine19971118

How is computing power catering for those in search of spiritual enlightenment?

197D02Creativity From The Keyboard19971125

In 1946, an obscure Russian patent clerk published a new theory on the creativity of invention considered so radical that it cost him 10 years in the Gulag.

His methods have now been rediscovered and computerised, with remarkable results.

197D02Creativity From The Keyboard19971125

In 1946, an obscure Russian patent clerk published a new theory on the creativity of invention considered so radical that it cost him 10 years in the Gulag.

His methods have now been rediscovered and computerised, with remarkable results.

197D03Digitally Decisive19971202

Does having access to more information mean that we always make better decisions? Alun Lewis puts computing power to the test.

197D03Digitally Decisive19971202

Does having access to more information mean that we always make better decisions? Alun Lewis puts computing power to the test.

197D04Cybersex19971209

Computer dating is now commonplace.

But what about computer sex? Long-lost friends and new-found lovers are meeting anonymously in cyberspace.

Alun Lewis asks if cybersex can lead to cyberadultery? And what if that long-lost friend is not who they seem to be?

197D04Cybersex19971209

Computer dating is now commonplace.

But what about computer sex? Long-lost friends and new-found lovers are meeting anonymously in cyberspace.

Alun Lewis asks if cybersex can lead to cyberadultery? And what if that long-lost friend is not who they seem to be?

197D05Whose Fault Is It Anyway?19971216

Even in the digital age, Murphy's Law lives on - if it can go wrong, it will.

We love to point the finger at technology, but who is really to blame?

197D05Whose Fault Is It Anyway?19971216

Even in the digital age, Murphy's Law lives on - if it can go wrong, it will.

We love to point the finger at technology, but who is really to blame?

197D06The Future19971223

Alun Lewis and guests contemplate the future.

How will we work and play in the 21st century and beyond? Will information rule - or has it already taken over?

197D06The Future19971223

Alun Lewis and guests contemplate the future.

How will we work and play in the 21st century and beyond? Will information rule - or has it already taken over?