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The national ideology of Pancasila upholds belief in one god, but the world’s other major faiths are also formally recognised. Since independence in 1945, Indonesia’s brand of secular democracy continues to be contested by those who would prefer a larger role for Islam. The Printed Blog will look like a blog and appear with photographs and comments written by readers. Eventually, they will be able to log on to the site and decide which blogs they want in their neighbourhood paper – in a city like Chicago this could mean 50 separate editions! Its distributors will print them on commercial printers in their own homes and advertisers will be able to buy online but pay the premium for printed ads.

Molly is hoping to progress her early career research further in the Autumn, by commencing a PhD course that will allow her to build on both her spatial and museological knowledge. Edge computing, where computing is done much closer to – or at – the source of data, is increasingly being seen as the answer, and is rapidly becoming an essential part of organisations’ strategies. Emily Bell wrote about the Narrative Science and Forbes partnership on the Guardian’s Media Blog last year, and asks whether robot reporting is “an apocalypse for the news industry”.

Controversy over the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions Law continues, as NGOs and press freedom groups to press for its repeal. The law, intended to regulate e-commerce, introduced instead a range of vague and imprecise offences with draconian penalties, including arrest and detention. Any kind of electronic communication – including social media – is fair game under the law, as are all manner of ‘insults’ including blasphemy. Social media sites such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram are extremely popular among users in Indonesia. Much attention has been directed at the use of social media to disseminate disinformation and hate speech.

Information Technology and Systems, and Computer Science, top in the UK for student satisfaction

Meanwhile SnapChat has had success with its 24 hour Live Stories, crowdsourced collections of digital media from a specific location. Trump was elected, Brexit happened, there were repeated terror attacks in Europe, Aleppo was turned to rubble and David Bowie died. These were events that shook the world, but it was also a year in which the media itself became the news. Post-truth, the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, reflects a world where “objective facts have become less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion”. Experts and commentators were denigrated and at least some the news itself turned out to be not just biased but fake. Some say the e-reader will boost newspaper revenues because ink, printing and delivery now eat up more than 50% of costs.

  • According to Zenith, consumers now spend an average of 19 minutes a day viewing on a combination of smartphones and tablet computers – a figure that is set to double by 2018.
  • London Met’s Christmas Market returns Journalism students Gabriela Yorgova and Sara Scheeres headed to the festive market to speak to some of the University’s makers and creators about their products.
  • Used Google and Trip Advisor image searches, along with a network of engaged Twitter followers to expose the gaps in Donald Trump’s charitable giving.
  • Campaigners are also concerned that government agencies could collect information from social media and other public sources to help deliver Donald Trump’s proposed registry of Muslims.

Fingerprint readers on smartphones kick-started mainstream adoption of biometric security. Now these technologies are coming to computers with the Touch ID on the MacBook Pro and facial recognition available on PCs with Windows Hello and the appropriate 3D imaging cameras. In the future we’ll be able to log on to any website or app by just looking at the screen, confining those irritatingly forgettable passwords to history. AI may help journalists but also open up the possibility of automated content farms and make the problem of fake news even worse.

Since people are already accustomed to reading digital versions, and some appreciate the lack of advertising, they will pay a subscription fee just as they pay for books. Few will pay hundreds of dollars for an e-reader with access to only one newspaper, so newspapers will have to work out a split of revenues with the e-reader seller. But ultimately, people may read more newspapers and magazines simply because the platform is so convenient.

The blurring of television and online video

This was not true AI as humans write all the copy in the newsroom, but it sparked a new way of thinking about interacting with news on the phone and a host of imitators. More focus on algorithmic accountability, the use of data for targeting, and the power of technology companies. More papers in the US and Europe go out of business, slim down or become online-only. Broadcast media are licensed by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission , both of which operate independently.

From information to knowing: Exploring the role of social media in contemporary news consumption

These groups can come up with tools, approaches, and habits that could help people—if they reach them,” he says. “But the reach of a technology center at Harvard University is pretty limited in the overall scope of things.” “Online services are like hydras, if you fix one problem, another one often emerges,” James Mickens, a professor of computer science at Harvard, explains in a statement. “We’ve definitely seen that, and we haven’t figured out how to maximise the good and minimise the bad. That’s what I think of when I hear ‘reboot social media’.” Part of the new institute’s work will be to strengthen these benefits of increased online communication, while minimising its harmful parts.

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