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Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

Copyright: Copyright © CBC 2017

394: Thousands of apps are illegally collecting data about kids

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:46:30 EDT

Apps directed at kids are violating US children's privacy laws. Your data plays a vital role in research. Loreena McKennitt is leaving Facebook. Uber and others are bringing 'dockless' bike sharing to North America.

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393: The internet has turned into a giant mall.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:47:00 EDT

Checking the health of the internet. Lying to Facebook could protect your data. Will Chinese "super apps" succeed in the West? How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse".

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392: Facial recognition technology is tracking billions in China. Could it happen here?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:59:00 EDT

Twitter isn't the voice of the people. HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer. Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations. The surveillance potential of facial recognition.

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Episode 391: The hidden history of the women who built the computer age

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:47:00 EDT

Programs with empathy. A new old computer. When women dominated coding.

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Episode 390: The latest Facebook scandal is no surprise.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:47:30 EDT

And then there were 5 Gs. How musicians can thrive in the streaming era. Zeynep Tufekci on why the latest Facebook scandal is no suprise. 'Energy poverty' is expanding the digital divide.

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389: Wikipedia's protectors, contextual zoning, digital phenotyping and more

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:06:30 EDT

The Unsung Heroes Protecting Wikipedia. Environmental design for productivity. How Apple's new "spaceship" campus may cause concussions. How you use your smartphone might also reveal whether you're depressed. New technology aims to copy human skin.

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388: Pokemon Go for ecologists, fake videos, and more.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:54:00 EST

How Canadians' social media use stacks up. Scrubbing social media of metrics. Fake videos are getting better and easier to make. A tool to read privacy policies for you. Using Pokemon Go to help real animals.

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387: Casual games, loot boxes, and more

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:22:00 EST

Are video game loot crates gambling? Canadian developers release video game sequel. A new tool to report workplace harassment. How gig economy workers are at risk online. A challenger to Instagram.

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Spark 386: Attention residue, new design ethics, and more

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:11:30 EST

The dangers of "attention residue," the call for a new ethics of design, the ethics of driverless cars, the rise of "griefbots."

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385: Online dating, genetic data and more

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:00 EST

Selling your genetic data. Definitely not how Bitcoin works. Tracking caribou with new tech. Is online dating changing... dating? How people in long distance relationships use tech.

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384: Companies can't share data, encrypted photo storage, and more

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:51:30 EST

Companies that have our data don't know how to share it with us. A camera app that makes your photos secure on the cloud. What romance writers can teach us about the digital economy.

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383: Dangerous data, Libraries and more

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:28:00 EST

Strava's heat maps show how dangerous data can be. A smart speaker that puts privacy first. A chat room where people mostly say goodbye. Libraries changing role in the time of the internet.

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382: You're a work of art, darling! and popping the cryptocurrency bubble

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:38:30 EST

The future of facial recognition in Google's art app. Narcissism on social media. What are cryptocurrencies really worth?

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381: The bad design behind Hawaii's missile scare, internet freedom in Iran and more

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:13:30 EST

Using design to prevent another missile scare. Too many emojis ruin Twitter for blind people. Canadian app is helping Iranians stay online. Mobile game show is attracting a huge audience. Household robots are still mostly useless.

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380: Phantom traffic jams, catfishing scams and smart speakers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

A solution for mysterious traffic jams. A machine that dispenses short stories for travellers. How smart speakers like the Amazon Echo are used by blind people. A professor who had his pictures used in catfishing scams.

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379: Integrated shopping, 3-D printed wifi plastic, and more

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

How "intergrated shopping" may change online commerce. Why Thailand, Shanghai, Berlin, and even LA may lure top tech talent over Silicon Valley. Using the blockchain to help disadvantaged prisoners make bail. How a new kind of 3-D printed plastic connects

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378: surge toll roads, how to think and more

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

A new survival guide for thinking, because we're a lot worse at it than we think. A new study suggests most people think other's social lives are more exciting than their own, even though they're not. A look at the implications of applying surge pricing t

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377: notification fatigue, seasonal ghost stories and more

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Early photographers remembered the dead by taking photos with ghosts. Neil Young's archives could signal a shift in the music streaming business. Cutting down on stressful notifications to improve your well being.

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376: cryptokitties, coworking, email trackers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Restaurants open doors during the day to become coworking spaces. Digital kitties make cryptocurrency more accessible. You give away private data just by opening your email.

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375: Your apps are watching you, sugarcane jet fuel and more

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Clandestine app trackers. How AI is helping treat people with depression. 3D mapping coral reefs. Sugarcane could be the next jet fuel. Turning air pollution into ink for your pen.

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374: Bad bosses, good internet and more

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

With Google, Facebook and Apple leading our online experience, is net neutrality really possible? From clothing to bivalves, how entrepreneurs are using Facebook Live to sell. How the ad industry has shifted from tempting you to targeting you.

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373: Useless job interviews, vibration passwords and more

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

How Google knows exactly where you are, even with location data disabled. Why we should throw the job interview out with the trash. Signals from our vibrating bones could be the next password solution.

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372: Your podcast brain, the augmented reality future and more

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

This is your brain on podcasts. Designing social media for better mental health. Building AIs that build other AIs. How to prepare for an augmented reality future.

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371: Moral outrage goes viral and more

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

When moral outrage goes viral. The Bitcoin power drain. Optical Illusions for computers. Building AIs that build other AIs. Releasing new music on floppy disk.

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370: Hurricanes and power grids, cellphone privacy and more

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Hurricanes and power grids. Law enforcement and cellphone privacy. Helping humans and computers understand one another.

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369: Self-teaching bots, AI copyright, and more

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Robot e-mail answering. AI and intellectual property. Netflix "binge racers". Tech's Frankenstein moment. Unrestricted machine learning.

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