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Dr Ozcan Saritas 702 Interview

A radio interview with Dr. Ozcan Saritas on a special segment called the "African agenda".  In the interview Dr Ozcan talks about geopolitics and the implications and lessons for Africa.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:54

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SciDev.Net Podcast: What’s on the radar for 2015

In this month’s programme, we examine what’s on the radar for science and development in 2015.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 13:41

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Prospects for Africa's 26 fragile countries

What are the prospects for state fragility in Africa? Jakkie Cilliers and Julia Schuenemann explain long-term structural dynamics in Africa by forecasting the future of Africa's 26 'more fragile' countries.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:32

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The Future of Global Information Security

Gartner analysts Paul Proctor, Andrew Walls and Joe Baylock discuss why it's important to extend our security horizon into the next decade.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:31

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Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Or Will It?

For over two decades, cyber experts, politicians, and military leaders have worried about war in the cyber domain, a campaign of destruction wrought via the globe’s networked information technology, infrastructure, and economy. Despite these concerns, however, cyber war has yet to occur, and the concept itself may be distracting from other nefarious online activity.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:28

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Are Lie-Detector Kiosks The Future Of Border Security?

Imagine going to the U.S. border with Mexico, and instead of talking to a border agent, you talk to a machine. It asks you questions like “What’s your full name” and “Are you a citizen of the United States.” All the while, the machine is monitoring different aspects of your behavior: how your eyes are moving, how your voice changes, how you pause between answers, how you fidget. Taking these markers together, the machine – called an Embodied Avatar kiosk – can determine whether or not you’re being truthful. This is the cutting edge of research in deception detection, which remains a surprisingly mysterious field, even though we’ve been building lie detectors for almost a hundred years.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:25

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The Future of Education

In The Future, The Whole World Will Be A Classroom. Futurist Marina Gorbis discusses the future of education and how a new "social structured" world will change how everyone--children and adults--learns.

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 12:18

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East Africa Today: An interview with Geci Karuri Sebina

In Episode 20, East Africa Today goes regional and speaks with Ms. Geci Karuri-Sebina in Nairobi during SID's Foresight for Resilience and Equity conference that was done in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Sebina, who is the Executive Director for Programmes at the South African Cities Network, talks to us about what Africa will look like in 2030. She breaks down Africa's future using metaphors and narratives expressed by the late Chinua Achebe. In the podcast we discuss how the future of Africa seems to be shaped by what others say rather than what Africans say. Shouldn't Africans write their own narratives? Ms. Sebina speaks to this by explaining the lack of an African development narrative. She also provides insight on South Africa's political and economic future and what a post-Mandela Africa will look like. Will things fall apart? Where will South Africa and Africa's social and political consciousness after Mandela? Is there a generation of South Africans that are ignorant to Mandela’s history in South Africa?

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 12:18

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East Africa Today: An interview with Terfa & Idayat

In Episode 21, East Africa Today has its first three-person podcast with Mr. Terfa Philip Hemen and Ms. Idayat Hassan, both from the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) in Nigeria. In the podcast we discuss their impressions of Kenya and East Africa from a West African perspective and identify similar trends that are shaping both regions, particularly the youth bulge. Mr. Hemen and Ms. Hassan explain how the youth, in the absence of a brighter future and aspirations, sometimes turn to religion as an outlet. We speak about Boko Haram and similar groups will increase in the future. Both Mr. Hemen and Ms. Hassan explain how the youth bulge can be a threat and an opportunity but believe that in Nigeria the youth will be the reason the country transforms. They also shed light on the future of Nigeria and what to expect in the coming years, including how Nollywood can be a force for political transformation.

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 12:18

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East Africa Today: An interview with Modesta Lilian Mahiga

In Episode 19 East Africa Today visits the offices of Professional Approach Group (PAG) to have a chat with Ms. Modesta Lilian Mahiga, the PAG Group Managing Director. Last week the Tanzania HIV/AIDS and Malaria Indicator Survey 2011-2012 was released and though the results demonstrated a decrease in overall HIV prevalence in the country, women still bear the brunt of HIV prevalence (6.2%) compared to men (3.8%). We ask Ms. Mahiga why this is happening and whether we are doing something wrong. We also discuss the Tanzanian Form IV examination results, which saw 60% of students fail. Can we really say that the students failed or did society fail the students? Ms. Mahiga explains that the students are not necessarily failures. She stresses that when we speak of education we should think of it as something that goes beyond the classroom. In the podcast we examine whether the parents of these students were partly to blame. Have parents done enough to make sure our children are learning? It is in this context where Ms. Mahiga shares her vision of a transformed Tanzania and how it can become an economic powerhouse through changing mindsets and radical education reform.

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 12:18

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