Il Guardian guadagna di più dal digitale che dal cartaceo

Per il momento lo scarto è di un milione di sterline, non uno stacco incolmabile: ma è sicuramente una cosa impensabile fino a pochi anni fa.

The Guardian’s parent company now earns more money from its digital operations than from its print newspapers for the first time in its history, aided by increased support from readers making online contributions.
Guardian Media Group (GMG), which also owns the Observer, said it had a total of 570,000 members who give regular financial support to the organisation, up from 500,000 at the end of last year. Income was further boosted by 375,000 one-off contributions from readers in the past 12 months. [link]

Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars Quarantine instead, or it’ll be ‘but her emails!’ 2.0

Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars.

La lotta alle bufale sbandierata da Facebook potrebbe incontrare il classico rovescio della medaglia secondo cui, eliminando i contenuti che diffondono notizie false, si correrebbe il rischio di dare risalto proprio a questi ultimi.

Nel mirino soprattutto Infowars, il sito che diffonde fake news propagandistiche popolarissimo negli USA e principale attore della campagna presidenziale di Donald Trump.

Poi qui c’è John Oliver che parla di Alex Jones (il fondatore e conduttore), e fa sempre bene rivederlo:

Google dice di no al Pentagono

Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military Drone AI Work to Grow Exponentially

Dopo la rivelazione del fatto che Google stesse lavorando con il Pentagono per fornire ai droni i suoi moduli di AI, alcuni impiegati hanno rassegnato le dimissioni e altri hanno creato una petizione chiedendo che il contratto venisse dismesso.

Oltre che per il malcontento, subodorando la pubblicità negativa per l’azienda e per Cloud AI (un progetto su cui Google sta investendo tantissimo) l’azienda ha deciso di tirarsi fuori.

“I don’t know what would happen if the media starts picking up a theme that Google is secretly building AI weapons or AI technologies to enable weapons for the Defense industry,” she continued. “Google Cloud has been building our theme on Democratizing AI in 2017, and Diane and I have been talking about Humanistic AI for enterprise. I’d be super careful to protect these very positive images.”

Print is dead. Long live print.

Print is dead. Long live print.

It gives me the chills. But I guess this paragraph has a underestimated truth in it:

Chyi began conducting surveys and collecting readership data, analyzing it all in academic papers and a recent book titled, Trial and Error: U.S. Newspapers’ Digital Struggles Toward Inferiority. She has come to believe that the digital shift has been a disaster for media organizations, and that there is no evidence online news will ever be economically or culturally viable. “They have killed print, their core product, with all of their focus online,” Chyi told me in an interview.

The day newspapers and magazines gave all their content away for free on the web, that day was the beginning of the tragedy. Now everybody think that news on the web have to be free.

Fixing fake news: Treat the problem not just the symptom

Fixing fake news: Treat the problem not just the symptom

Tom Trewinnard:

We would like to ask a difficult question: why are people in vast and unprecedented numbers turning to fake news? Facebook’s News Feed algorithm may amplify engagement with misinformation but it cannot bear sole responsibility for the broken information ecosystem in which fake news thrives. We can do more to address the symptom of fake news online, but we cannot fail to address the underlying sickness: for broad sections of society trust in journalistic institutions has almost completely disintegrated. Newsrooms need urgent change if they are to remain relevant to the diverse public they hope to serve.