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1. Tim Berners-Lee: ‘We need social networks where bad things happen less’ [15 march 2021]

The father of the world wide web talks about its first 30 years, the rise of the toxic internet – and whether Facebook needs to be broken up.

Read the interview in The Guardian.

Read more : Tim Berners-Lee says internet access should be a basic right (The Verge) [12 march 2021]

2. Disinformation: self-regulation by platforms is not enough [21 march 2021]

Decode Democracy analyzed the different strategies implemented by 9 major platforms – Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Reddit, Snapchat and TikTok. In all, these Tech giants made at least 321 changes to their moderation policies. Yet they “have largely failed to mitigate the growing problem of online misinformation.”

PDF Survey.

3. Facebook, Google CEOs suggest ways to reform key internet law [24 march 2021]

“Platforms should not be held liable if a particular piece of content evades its detection — that would be impractical for platforms with billions of posts per day,” Zuckerberg wrote in his testimony.

Read the article.

4. TikTok is changing the rules of the music industry [21 march 2021]

While the music industry is rebuilding its business model, Tik Tok is changing some rules.

“Industry insiders have estimated that 50% of all music used on TikTok is unlicensed.”

“TikTok is actually on another level to Instagram or YouTube. It’s much easier to get tonnes and tonnes of views on TikTok – it has a much higher growth rate.” dixit Dylan Pasqua, Music Partnership Manager at social media marketing company.

The power of TikTok; “Fleetwood Mac, whose classic 1977 album Rumours skyrocketed back into the charts after a relatively unknown TikTok user posted a remarkably chill clip of himself skateboarding while sipping cranberry juice and vibing to the band’s classic, ‘Dreams’ (See below).  For music industry experts, one of the key, disruptive elements of TikTok is that it’s hard to predict which songs will go viral on the app.”

Read the article.

“For music industry experts, one of the key, disruptive elements of TikTok is that it’s hard to predict which songs will go viral on the app.”

5. How Australia became the test bed for tech regulation [16 march 2021]

Interview about Tech regulation with Scott Farquhar, the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, Australia’s biggest tech company. Read or listen the interview.

6. Yes I’ll take your money Facebook, but I’ll take those learning points too [16 march 2021]

Thank you Steve for your memory! It’s an excellent article. “Back in 2012 I remember that same Axel Springer sending its top executives to live in Palo Alto to learn first hand how Silicon Valley worked its magic.” 

“It was very clear to me that we needed to accelerate our cultural transformation”

Matthias Döpfner – CEO of media group Axel Springer SE and president of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV).

An Old-Media Empire, Axel Springer Reboots for the Digital Age (The New York Times) [20 december 2015]

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