Nancy Pelosi

How did they track Nancy Pelosi

Were you one of the 2.92million people watching Nancy Pelosi fly into Taiwan on FlightRadar24 bypassing Chinese bases in the South China Sea as it approached Taipei?

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It’s one of the most popular flight tracking sites in the world and uses open standard surveillance technology which allows planes to transmit their location data to anyone with a receiver.

Not only Nancy Pelosi.

As the receivers are fairly inexpensive it now has a network of more than 30,000 and collects data from other sources, not just a Nancy Pelosi flight, using satellites.

These data sources aren’t blocked which is why so many flights can be tracked (although they are not always named).

It’s often used by fans to track celebrities, especially sports stars, it also shares information with air crash investigators.

Meet Ian Petchenik from FlightRadar24 who is on the show to explain more.

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Wairimu Gitahi, Global Communications & Knowledge Management Analyst at the United Nations Capital Development fund tells us about a new project the “Women’s Digital Inclusion Advocacy Hub.”

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To help us party we’re asking our listeners to compose a special multimedia performance of Wikipiano that will be premiered on the night in the Radio Theatre. You don’t have to be musical – log onto and add text, video, and images, compose new music (if you can), and add actions for cyber soloist Zubin Kanga to perform on the night. Zubin helps Gareth add to the score and invites all our listeners to have a go themselves.

The piece was composed by Alexander Schubert.

The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell with expert commentary from Ghislaine Boddington. Studio Manager: Bob Nettles Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

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