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.