This Way Up for Saturday 7 April 2018

Shoe School, the past and the future of the human immune system and how new EU privacy protections could change the internet.

Classes for kicks: Shoe School

Almost 10 years ago Lou Clifton set out to learn how to make shoes by hand.

Her quest took her to Tasmania and to Japan, and after a lengthy apprenticeship she's now taught hundreds of people here in New Zealand to craft their own footwear.

We go to her Shoe School in Wellington to meet her and some of the people attending her 5-day shoemaking course.

New lessons from an ancient master of self-defence

Immunologist Daniel Davis talks about the healing history and potential of the immune system – the subject of his new book The Beautiful Cure: Harnessing Your Body's Natural Defences.

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Photo: YouTube screenshot

Daniel Davis (Supplied)

Daniel Davis (Supplied) Photo: Supplied

Humans are born with a dynamic and adaptive immune system that must quickly learn to fight off threats from the bacteria and viruses we encounter in our daily lives.

Manipulating this adaptive part of our immune system is how we're tackling many diseases today, from cancer to HIV.

Bits+Bytes: privacy laws that will change the internet forever

New European privacy laws come into force next month that will change the internet forever and make privacy and data protection a legal right.


Privacy Photo: (Flickr user Mike McKenzie Image via

Bits+Bytes, with Peter Griffin and Emily Wang, explores what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will mean for New Zealand internet users and businesses, and global tech players like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.

From the end of May any organisation based in the EU, or anyone handling EU citizens' data or offering any services or products in the EU, must comply with the GDPR.

The law overhaul is timely in the aftermath of revelation that personal data from about 87 million Facebook users was obtained and used by data analysis business Cambridge Analytica, which was accused of social media manipulation to influence elections throughout the world.

For many, the episode brought a realisation that personal information is being shared widely, sometimes without our consent.