Technology, and not the tech giants, is still the best chance for media to get subscribers back

Subscriptions, not ads nor social-generated windfall miracles seem to be, after all, the most credible way for journalism to regain solid ground. Hear no mermaid singing of trendy tech cornucopias: Even if still away from sustainability – let alone the fat margins of pre-digital – the consistent deployment of readers paying for journalism is the conducting wire behind some shimmering hope in a scorched earth media environment.…

Why regulation can help the tech giants to work better

It’s been some time since social networks earned free media exposition for events that promised an everlasting and positive impact on society. Facebook’s dystopic myriad of leaks and misuses, Twitter’s struggles to avoid hate speech to flow through its platform and an increasing number of people with the ability to game the system took away the cool aura that once floated over California.…

Never an US Open mattered so much for media

tennis court photoThis year, the US Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis world tournaments, will not be measured by the skills of the most talented players in the world. The eyes will all be behind the camera – or better, the servers – on the possible major disruptor that has caused havoc in many areas: Amazon.…

Regulation, rants and reputation: the Facebook perfect storm

These are tough times for Facebook. The company has suffered many small upsets in the past two years but kept growing, which for the whole trade meant they were doing everything alright. Now that the Cambridge Analytica scandal not only came to the surface but also gave unequivocal proof that it’s just the tip of the iceberg, the Palo Alto behemoth should conclude that the last two years were delightful compared to the scrutiny, pressure and financial loss Facebook should experience from now on.

Escoriocracia: como a tecnologia coloca o pior da sociedade no poder

  Quase que só no âmbito jornalístico ou nos mais sofisticados ambientes intelectuais é que se discute no Brasil a crescente pressão do cenário político americano que é fruto de um fenômeno mediático e tecnológico. O evento das fake news é muito mais profundo do que a compra de anúncios no Facebook por indivíduos russo supostamente a mando de Vladimir Putin.…

The six worst hypocrisies of the copyright industry in the last decade

Copyright Monopoly: The copyright industry keeps pounding a simplistic message to legislators – that copyright law is simple and that nobody honest could ever break it, and that it’s easy to “tell right from wrong”. But when you look at the deeds of the copyright industry instead of their words, they don’t seem very eager to follow their own rules themselves – if nothing else, demonstrating in deed that those rules are outdated, silly, or both.