The Internet goes VR: The $1B Metaverse is coming

Recent major investments prove that the Internet is not only about protocols and faster telecommunication infrastructures. Soon we are going to experience a totally new paradigm of the internet. Silicon Valley made a strong bet, that the next-generation Internet should be underpinned by Virtual Reality technologies and will be built by the gaming industry. Epic…

MEET 27 EU-FUNDED MEDIA CONVERGENCE PROJECTS

EU-funded (completed) projects on Convergence and Social Media The European Commission funded 27 projects on media convergence and social media (the projects are now completed). Their main focus is the use of intuitive and innovative ways of interacting with networked multimedia devices and with other services and applications. Anytime, anywhere and on any device. The…

WSIS Forum 2021 – Opening of the ICTs and Gender Mainstreaming special track

WSIS Forum 2021 | ICTs for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Societies and Economies (WSIS Action Lines for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals) Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are tools through which gender equality and women’s empowerment can be advanced, and are integral to the creation of societies in which both women and men can substantively…

IFJ: Take part in the revision of UNESCO’s Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media

International Federation of  Journalists (IFJ): Take part in the revision of UNESCO’s Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media In 2012, UNESCO published its first Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) to “contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through media of all forms, irrespective of the technology used”. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is in charge…

Clubhouse and Misinformation over voice?

Clubhouse and Misinformation over voice? The new arrival in the social media scene – Clubhouse, iOS-exclusive all-voice app, has been gaining popularity recently. The increased interest is elevated by celebrities and big-tech representatives making apparitions on the platform. The limited availability (only iOS) and invited-only access policy give extra exclusivity to that novel platform. The…

Idols and virtual influencers – the future faces of advertising

Idols and virtual influencers – the future faces of advertising New technologies allow versatile advertising and promotional techniques to be used for capturing the attention of bigger audiences.  More and more music industry relies on virtual idols which in some cases can be based on real people. In addition to this, the character of virtual…

Supporting Public Health Experts’ Vaccine Efforts – Facebook

Supporting Public Health Experts’ Vaccine Efforts – Facebook Facebook has announced that it will implement several protocols to support vaccination behaviour around the world. In particular, FB will launch a campaign encouraging Flu vaccination while we are awaiting for COVID-19 vaccine to be available. That move is to support the general health of the population…

Facebook’s Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health – AVAAZ

Facebook’s Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health – AVAAZ Avaaz uncovers health misinformation spreading networks with an estimated 3.8 billion views in the last year – and shows how to quarantine this infodemic – AVAAZ AVAAZ calls for more transparency for Facebook reporting on COVID-19 disseminated materials. In particular, the report suggests that the…

Disinformation

Assessment of the Code of Practice on Disinformation. Achievements and areas for further improvement, Brussels, 11 September 2020 The Code of Practice on Disinformation provides a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant industry actors, the Commission, and ERGA authorities. The Code sets general policy objectives, identifies relevant requirements for appropriate measures, and enables public…

Digital Education: Public consultation: Digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond

Digital Education: Public consultation: Digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond The European Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on the future of digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond. According to Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth…