US colleges and universities will be affected by new European data protection, says William Hoye from IES Abroad. He warned that the new EU rules have “very sharp teeth” and would almost certainly apply to all U.S. higher education institutions.
Hi-tech countries such as Kenya are discovering that the new EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect African companies that do business with Europe. “Although it is an EU regulation, the GDPR will undoubtedly have implications for countries in Africa,” says Juliet Maina, an advocate at Trippleoklaw Advocates Nairobi.
European legislators have not only decided that mobile roaming charges will go on 15 June 2017. Nine months later, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Spotify will be available to 500 million consumers from anywhere in the European Economic Area.
A total of 51 percent of internet users get some news items via social media, according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016, that covers 26 countries. In Brazil and Australia 18 percent use social media as their main source of news. In Denmark there was a doubling from 6 percent (in 2015), to 12 percent (in 2016) that got their news mainly via social media. In Finland, by comparison, the number stayed stable at 5 per cent.
Editors of large, commercial news sites have a duty to prevent readers from posting unlawful comments, according to a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (Delfi v. Estonia). Otherwise they may be liable for damages in national courts.
“The internet gives journalists access to citizen voices that are new and fresh, and therefore has a democratising effect,” says Nils G. Indahl in an interview with The Hindu newspaper. He had organised a workshop on Latest techniques in Internet search at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai.
More than 90 per cent of young users in Nigeria, South Africa, and Indonesia access the web primarily through a mobile phone. According to a report by the browser company Opera, generation Y – the age group between 18 and 27 – say they browse the web mostly on a smart phone or mobile device.
Half of journalists under the age of 29 use social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook to research news stories, according to a survey from the Society for New Communications Research. A full 100 percent of the respondents think that new media and communication tools enhance journalism.
Wikia is a new search engine by Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. The service is edited in accordance with the wiki principle: that of trusted feedback from a community of users acting together in a transparent way. Users can submit and rate web pages, and attach articles to interesting search words.
”Mobile Internet users want to see everything on a Web page, not just text or special handheld material,” says Jon von Tetzchner, one of the founders of Opera, the browser designed for mobile devices.
Download my interview with Jon von Tetzchner in On Magazine, in PDF format [the file is 1.1 MB]