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Welcome to program 174 of Shortwave Radiogram.

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:43 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:48 Icebreaker returns from year-long Arctic expedition*
  7:05 MFSK64: App allowing Chinese internet access disappears*
11:36 Images of the week*
27:27 MFSK32: Closing announcements

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From the Voice of America:

Icebreaker Returns From A-Year-Long Expedition to North Pole

By VOA News

October 12, 2020

An icebreaker belonging to Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute
(AWI) returned to Germany Monday with what the scientists on
board say is proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of
ice-free summers, after a more than yearlong expedition that
included time at the North Pole.

Expedition leader Markus Rex said the team collected a wealth of
data that will be used to improve scientific models of global
warming to predict climate change in the decades to come,
especially in the Arctic, where changes have come faster than
elsewhere on Earth.

Rex, an atmospheric scientist at AWI for Polar and Ocean Research
that organized the expedition, said that scientists witnessed
firsthand the dramatic effects of global warming on ice in the
Arctic Circle, considered "the epicenter of climate change."

The RV Polarstern arrived in the North Sea port of Bremerhaven,
389 days after it set off on its mission.

More than 300 scientists from 20 countries, including the United
States, Britain, France, Russia and China participated in the
$177-million expedition.

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From the Voice of America:

App Allowing Chinese Citizens to Access Global Internet Quickly

By Adam Xu
October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON - A mobile app launched last week in China that many
there hoped would allow access to long banned Western social
media sites abruptly disappeared from Chinese app stores a day
after its unveiling.

Tuber, an Android app backed by Chinese cyber security software
giant Qihoo 360, first appeared to be officially available last
Friday. It offered Chinese citizens limited access to websites
such as YouTube, Facebook and Google, and it facilitated some 5
million downloads following its debut.

Yet a day later, the Tuber app disappeared from mobile app
stores, including one run by Huawei Technologies Co. A search for
the app's website yielded no results when VOA checked Monday.
It's unclear whether the government ordered the takedown of the

Experts told VOA that such ventures are sometimes designed to
create the illusion of choice to users eager to gain access to
the global internet, but these circumvention tools are sometimes
deleted if they are deemed by the Chinese government to be too
popular with consumers.

Short-lived frenzy

Chinese users hailed their newfound ability to visit long banned
websites before the app was removed last Saturday.

Several now banned articles introducing Tuber went viral Friday
on China's super app WeChat and seem to have contributed to
Tuber's overnight success.

Sporting a logo similar to that of YouTube, Tuber's main page
offered a feed of YouTube videos, while another tab allowed users
go to Western websites banned in China.

A reporter at Chinese state media Global Times tweeted that the
move is "good for China's stability and it's a great step for
China's opening up."

Users noticed, though, that the browser came with its own
censorship already included. References to sensitive political
issues, such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and the more
recent Hong Kong protests, were omitted, according to a Reuters
check. YouTube queries for politically sensitive keywords such as
"Tiananmen" and "Xi Jinping" returned no results on the app,
according to TechCrunch.

Some terms in the users' agreement also raised concerns among
observers. According to the app's terms of service, the platform
could suspend users' accounts and share their data "with the
relevant authorities" if they "actively browse or disseminate"
content that breaches the constitution, endangers national
security and sovereignty, spreads rumors, disrupts social orders
or violates other local laws.

Additionally, the terms of service stated the collection of
personal information about users related to national security,
public safety and public health does not require user

Meanwhile, users of the app had to register through a Chinese
phone number, which is tied to a person's real identity, and
allows GPS location tracking.

Since its removal last Saturday, those who downloaded the app
received a message that Tuber is "undergoing a system upgrade,"
according to TechCrunch.

Not the first attempt

Sarah Cook, a senior research analyst for China, Hong Kong and
Taiwan at Freedom House, a watchdog organization, told VOA the
brief availability of the new app might be a way for the Chinese
government to create the "illusion of choice" to users who want
to use the global internet, especially for communications that
are not sensitive.

"By facilitating and controlling the access, the Chinese
Communist Party is able to ensure that their browsing indeed
stays within approved limits," she said.

Cook added that by contrast, when a Chinese internet user jumps
the Great Firewall with an independent VPN, then even if they
were looking for entertainment content, they are likely to come
across more politically sensitive information.

Tuber is not the first browser in China that attempted to provide
Chinese citizens with some access to the Western internet,
although few have drawn as much attention.

About a year ago, there was a similar effort made with a mobile
browser called Kuniao that was approved by China's Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology. It purported to allow users
to bypass internet censorship, though critics also suggested that
it simply reduced the scope of censorship, rather than allowing
people to fully circumvent controls.

"But within two days of its launch, Kuniao's website crashed from
the high demand and it was soon blocked entirely. The official
position on it seemed to sour quickly and online references to
the browser were also deleted," Cook said.

A Chinese blogger who has been following China's Great Fire Wall
and who requested anonymity for fear of government retaliation
told VOA the latest moves are telling. The blogger said the fate
of both Tuber and Kuniao shows the government is increasingly
unable to control sophisticated circumvention tools, including
commercially available VPN (virtual private network) services and
tools developed by tech-savvy amateurs.

"The government has actually allowed a considerable number of
these web browsers," the blogger said. "It helps the government
to achieve some level of monitoring over these Internet users
compared to those who use VPN services.

"These browsers are remarkably reliable when used within limited
groups. But when they've become overly popular, the government
will inevitably intervene," the blogger said, adding it wouldn't
be surprising to see similar circumvention tools coming out soon.



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This week's images ...


Duke Ellington at L'Olympia in Paris, 1958. From ...

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This "ultra-rare" purple-pink diamond could fetch $38M at a
Sotheby's auction in November. From ...

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The Umbrella Project, an art installation in central Stockholm, 8
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An atmospheric scene at Knapps Loch in Inverclyde, Scotland. From ...

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A juvenile eastern newt navigates the forest floor in the Dolly
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A woman takes a selfie in a pink muhly grass field in Hanam,
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A spider's web covered with dew drops in Volkach, Germany. From ...

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A woman walks her dog by the Baltic Sea in Scharbeutz, Germany.
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Mars rising on 10 October in Rogalin, Poland. From ...

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Our painting of the week is "Linden Depot" in Indiana, by Jeffrey
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    Ending music:

  Duke Ellington - Mood Indigo [Restored]

   Mood Indigo" (1930) is a jazz composition and song, with music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills. Ellington's biographer, Terry Teachout,

   described it as "an imperishable classic, one of a handful of songs that come to mind whenever Ellington's name is mentioned anywhere in the world". Colored in indigo.

   Recorded on January 23, 1967 in Denmark. Duke Ellington - Piano Rufus Jones - Drums John Lamb - Bass....





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This Is A Music Show #085
14 Oct 2020

2100-2200UTC Wednesday on 7780 kHz
0200-0300UTC Thursday on 5850 kHz

via WRMI, Okeechobee USA

Rebroadcast on Unique Radio, Australia
1000-1100UTC Friday on 5045 or 3210 kHz USB
Check for schedule!
(Temporarily Offline)


TIAExpressMS w/ Radio Northern Europe International
via Channel 292 in Germany, on 6070 kHz.

Broadcast various dates/times. Check the schedule here:



Nestor Amaral And His Continentals - Porte Alegre




The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
Duane Eddy - The Iguana
Jeff Sturges And The Universe - Don't Wait For Me


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The Moog Machine - Jumpin' Jack Flash
Bloo-J - Possesion Illegal
Dennis Brown - No More Will I Roam


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Blakewood Castle - Why
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Spellbound



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Pebbles - Girlfriend
Robert Ffrench - The Girl Now A Days


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Anita Ward - Spoiled By Your Love




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