All the buzz about podcasting will be on the schedule as Duke University plays host to a symposium about the red-hot technology.

Podcasting involves digital audio recordings being distributed over the Internet and downloaded onto portable music players such as iPods from Apple.

Events, which are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, will take place at the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences auditorium. Registration is closed.

However, all sessions will be podcast and webcast.

“Podcasting, or any technology, doesn’t just happen in a vacuum,” said Cathy Davidson, vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at Duke and a leader of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), a national consortium of scholars examining the cultural implications of technologies. “It’s part of a whole complex of social relationships; legal issues, like intellectual property — what you can use or can’t use; and social issues, like privacy, security and who can afford it and who can’t.”

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