A look at bots influencing social media in the US election, ways to take back control of your mobile, and the latest drone from GoPro.
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minister saying the programme was for self defence. That is it for me.
We will be back at two o'clock. Now it is time for the Click.
Donald Trump's ideas aren't just different, they are a series
She's been taking plenty of money out for herself.
It's most expensive playground fight in history.
In Donald Trump's America, people are put back to work.
Let's remember what happened on 9/11, these were not refugees.
This Monday sees the first US presidential debates,
and although voters will probably be reminded of what the nominees stand
for, I can't help thinking that they'll be at least a little bit
The last big presidential battle was all about YouTubeing
the candidates into peoples homes, but now Facebook and Twitter
are the main online battlegrounds, and that's not just in the US.
There's no doubt about it, some of the big platforms
You've got national parties who want to get their
political messages out, and they have to pay for that -
that's bought advertising, in the old sense.
If they don't do that, they don't get their message
to voters, and that's where Facebook have got us all on lockdown.
The Tories were ahead of the game at the last general election,
the other parties are going to catch up by the next general
But social media is about more than paid for advertising.
Politicians can engage with voters, their messages can go viral.
Supporter groups can rally and massively big up
We even judge how important that message is based on the number
So it's probably quite important to know that not all of these
They are fake followers, run by political campaigns
to amplify certain topics, follows certain people,
These are the political Twitter bots.
The bots will take a message and repeat it an hour
later, or maybe two hours and three hours later.
They'll send it off to their own networks of followers, tens, 20,000
times beyond what the politician can initially reach with
Phil Howard is a professor of political science
at the Oxford Internet Institute, whose research has revealed that
political campaigns are now routinely using bots
Including deflecting Donald Trump's comments about Mexican-Americans.
They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime,
He made a claim that Mexican-American voters
would support him, would be voting for him in a big way.
And shortly after making this big claim, there was a community
of Latino Twitter bots, so folks with Mexican sounding names,
who were US citizens and using Twitter to voice
A little bit of research showed that these were all new users,
they weren't actually users, they were bots, tweeting the same
message, sometimes exactly the same message,
And so he was able to say, Mexican-Americans will vote for me
and point to a community that was actually just
There are very strict rules governing what the media can report
To your knowledge, are there rules to cover social media like Twitter?
I think there should be more public policy oversight,
over social networks, social media networks during elections.
In a US context, the elections, the Federal Elections Commission
there has decided that electronic communications are not part
For example, they'll be following many more accounts
They might have blank or irrelevant profile pictures and names,
and they may be tweeting at an inhumanly fast rate.
High-quality bots, however, will look a lot more human.
In fact they may even be connected to a real human, who can give
There's actually a market in these false accounts.
So you buy 1,000 users who look good, they'll join five
or ten at a time, over the course of a month or two.
By the time you're into the campaign season, three weeks before,
This is a great question, and it's part of the research
The people designing political bots often work for the political
campaign teams that a candidate will hire when they want Office.
Hiring somebody to write bots, to amplify your message,
is now a normal part of political campaigning in advanced democracies.
But then there are the bots that, so far, haven't done anything...
This bot is an example of a bot that has joined relatively recently.
It's following 108 people, but nobody is following it.
We think of this as a sleeper, a sleeper bot, it's
My great fear is that large networks of these bots may be activated
Someone will activate bot networks to either bring up the vote,
There's enough bot networks out there, and we've seen them used
in sensitive political moments, that I'm pretty sure they'll play
an active part of political communication in the US election.
For all the big budget deception that may be happening,
social media does give each one of us a voice,
and an immediate channel through which we can
Those are tiny acts of the participation,
which in an earlier era would have just been too small.
Politics was much lumpier, you would have had to join
a political party, you would have had to go to a very long meeting,
That fact, that you can do very small bits of politics,
I think is drawing people into politics that wouldn't have
So maybe we're lucky to be living in an age where a tiny click
on an online petition can bring about real change.
That is assuming that we can find the right issues,
and the right candidates to bring about that change.
Kate Russell has been to the US to meet the start ups who are trying
to connect voters to candidates, and candidates to money.
I can think of nowhere that I would rather have this victory!
There's declining faith in government, declining trust
It's a very, very small number of people, with a lot of money,
Locked into a two party system and playing out a presidential race
costing hundreds of millions of dollars, some people think
One of the biggest problems with politics here
The way that rich people, big companies and also on the other
side of the fence, the unions, use money to literally buy
the outcomes they want from the political system.
Former strategy adviser to UK Prime Minister David Cameron,
Steve Hilton is now on a mission in San Francisco to unbind US
politics from big-money donors, by letting candidates
We want to take the power out of the hands of the insiders
and the deal-makers and the people who for so long have controlled
everything in politics, and put the power directly
Just as technology has done in so many other parts of our lives.
It has the potential to help independent candidates run
for election without having to sign up to one of the major parties.
That is really off-putting for a lot of people, because they think that
to get the money that they need, they have to sign up to a bunch
of policies or ideas that they don't really agree with.
As well as helping politicians drum up support, Crowdpac wants to help
voters find the right candidate in the many smaller elections held
They've collected hundreds of millions of public records
from US elections, going back to 1980.
We've been able to take all the information and boil it down
to a simple objective score, if you like, which is a very basic,
ideological score, left-right system, that tells you who is more
In July when the presidential candidates were chosen,
US Facebook has generated more than 1 billion likes, comments
Assuming they were real people not bots, 25-34 year-olds
Facebook is the place in which people go and kind
of interact and talk about their social life
LinkedIn's kind of taken over owning your professional identity,
and yet there isn't really a platform which allows you to act
out in the persona of a voter and actually use technology
to interact with the political system.
Brigade is a new social network that wants to take those conversations
out of the town square of America's Facebook feeds,
What we're trying to do is figure out how to use existing technology
that has already had a big impact on other spaces,
from dating to social networking, and apply those new tools
Conversations begin with a simple agree or disagree interaction,
and then users can debate the issue with other voters in their district.
Post-election, Brigade wants to become the go-to place
for citizens to hold officials to task for their actions,
On the flip side, it would be a great place for politicians
to engage with influential groups and constituents,
rather than just relying on campaign funds to win an election.
I think that it's probably impractical that we're
It's really important, on the other side,
that the principle of one person, one vote is the overriding,
dominant form of power in the political system,
and that representatives are held to account for the views
Both the Silicon Valley start-ups are driven by a desire to reconnect
Americans with the political system from a grassroots perspective.
Make them care, by giving them transparency and more control.
The American electorate is getting younger, too.
Yet history maps a declining youth turnout at the presidential ballot
I think as our democracy has scaled, as our democracy has got bigger
and more complex and people's lives have gotten busier, it's become
really hard for people to stay plugged into the political process.
So we need to figure out how to make that an easier thing for people
to understand and participate in, if we're going to renew people's
That's a big ask, but the long-term prize is a more engaged electorate,
participating in a process that looks a lot more like the dictionary
Hello and welcome to The Week In Tech.
It was the week that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife
Priscilla Chan pledged ?2.3 billion to fund medical research
The ultimate aim of their Chan-Zuckerberg initiative?
Curing, preventing and managing all diseases by the end
On a rather smaller scale, it was also the week that Google
joined the messaging game again, by launching its new chat app, Allo.
Privacy campaigners have criticised the app, though,
after it was revealed that rather than temporarily storing users'
conversations and data, Google will now hold onto it
And from cat videos to the catwalk, as London Fashion Week played host
Instead of a runway, designer Martine Jarlgaard showed
off her wares with the help of the Microsoft Hololens,
which let visitors get up close to 3D models of the models.
And finally, the head of a bull, the body of a robot -
a terrifying beast that scares the likes of anyone
The legs of the bot are hooked up to special motors that mean
the Minitaur can effectively feel and respond to
It also means it can do a number of tricks,
like backflips, cartwheels, climbing the stairs and...
Next up, we're going to take a look at some new tricks you can do
Burner numbers for Tinder, no roaming charges, a stealth mode
Dan Simmons looks at the revolution happening in mobile,
and he's met one company boss who's taking no prisoners.
I only rang you like a hundred times today.
Just stop calling me, erase my contact.
According to this man there is an easy and hard way
to control who has your digits, and that was the hard way.
Our phone numbers, our mobile numbers is the things that's
When someone doesn't want to give his phone
number, he's telling you, I give you my e-mail,
add me on Facebook, etc, etc, but the phone number
Taig used to be a stuntman, oh, and he's also a double
But now he's reinventing himself as the boss of one of several
new phone companies that is starting to shake
up the mobile space, as you do.
His onoff service is changing the rules in France, and now the UK,
We are bringing like virtual operating system that provides
multiple phone numbers, but not only that.
For example, you can send SMS at a delayed time.
You can put the call on voicemail, but leave the SMS on.
You cannot do that with any phone in the world.
It gives you so much flexibility in your hands,
to give maybe a different phone number for your business,
for your friends, for one night, or whatever.
Users can go into stealth mode, to hide the numbers they're
using for certain things from prying eyes, or adopt a number that's local
Using apps to make Internet calls isn't new, but both caller
and receiver often have to have the app installed,
As well as data, it uses the GSM network to connect to the handset,
so you can do SMS messages, get wider coverage,
and just one person - even if that's the receiver -
There's another benefit that we've all been seeing with these
new messengers and that's cheap, or apparently free, calls.
You may say, well that's all very well, but I still need to pay
for a mobile contract to get a connection to use
FreedomPop, for example, wants to give you a free SIM
with free calls and free data, and this month, for the first
time, unlimited use of the Whatsapp messenger.
FreedomPop right now provides a basic free service.
Where were trying to get to is a point where we can
take that free service, double it up and double it up again.
And ultimately we'd like to get to a point where your voice,
In London, uSwitch hands out awards for utilities
They help consumers switch providers to get the best deal,
and they're warning that these services may not be for everyone.
A lot of the services that you would normally expect
on a traditional mobile network, whether it be voicemail,
whether it be rolling over data that was unused into
the following month, even alerts when you're coming close
to your limits, aren't actually free on these services.
They're all litte additional fees that you might pay
In the case of apps like onoff, multiple numbers come
The old telecoms networks are starting to respond to these
Next month Deutsche Telekom launches its new Immmr
app that merges SMS, calls and offers multiple numbers.
While others can't wait to create their own,
and will partner with onoff in around 40 countries
In the race for cheap thrills, it seems nobody wants to be
One of the big trends of the last few years has been strapping
on a little video camera and filming yourself doing all kinds of crazy
action stuff - climbing, skydiving and, yes,
It's how GoPro made its name, but recently the company hasn't
However, Richard Taylor has been to Lake Tahoe in the US,
to witness an attempt to make GoPro soar once more.
Better late than never, the long-awaited GoPro drone
sees the light of day, and its first foray into the skies
is certainly portable, with an impressive low-profile
design and stabilisation through its Gimball,
which can be detached and used to achieve silky smooth shots
on the included grip, and, uniquely, on GoPro's vast
So, time to give this ?720 quadcopter a whirl.
It's semi-autonomous modes make it straightforward,
even for a complete novice like me, to pilot it safely and get
And, well, to be frank, GoPro needs it to be a hit.
Two years ago when GoPro went public it was flying high with its suite
of technologically advanced action-cams, but since then,
Rivals have caught up technologically, and there's a lot
more competition, not just in cameras, but also in drones.
In particular the drone pioneered DJI has a new craft
It too will also be ultraportable and support other features
Not exactly auspicious for GoPro and its tumbling share price.
You certainly look very excited this morning,
but I'm just wondering, obviously with your stock price
being as it has been, are you feeling the pressure, a bit?
Yes, but not because of the stock price.
Because we are transparent about what our vision is.
It's to help the world share better stories,
and we understand that's not just about building a great camera,
it's about building great software that make it easy for people
to edit fantastic stories and share them, and then,
As if to prove the point, Woodman and Co have also
The Hero5 Black - GoPro's first new flagship model in two years.
Amongst its features, a better 4K sensor, it's
waterproof out of the box, voice control, GPS, stereo sound,
and electronic image stabilisation, which, as you can see when I ride
this bike, actually works pretty well.
There's a even Cloud sharing straight from the device.
This is all starting to sound like a high end
Smartphones capture fantastic quality content, but they're very
difficult to use during activities where any motion is involved, or,
frankly, where you want to focus on your activity and not
Filming, me filming you, here as I have my broken phone,
because I did just that, and dropped it and broke it!
GoPro is really about you being able to self-capture an experience
A smartphone really gets in between you and what you're
trying to enjoy, and that's a pain point that exists, and it's
an opportunity for GoPro to solve for people.
But is that opportunity big enough to send GoPro soaring once again?
Well, one thing's for sure, there's nothing like a super
new hero and a dose of good karma to get the faithful believing
We live @BBCClick on Twitter, if you'd like to peek
behind the scenes, and we will see you next week.