5 items from 2017
The Federal Government.s review into Australian and children.s content is now underway, with aims to create policies that will ensure a strong Aussie screen sector into the future.
However, our industry is not alone in grappling with how to sustainably produce local content in a digital era..
At the recent Acma content conversation conference, international regulators and funding agencies gave insight into how they had adapted to try to deal with changes in the global market.
Jane Wrightson, CEO of Nz On Air - the funding agency that supports public broadcast media in New Zealand - pointed out New Zealand differs to Australia in that it has virtually no media regulation. This includes no cross-ownership restrictions, quotas, licence fees or conditions. There's also no non-commercial mainstream broadcaster except Maori TV. Interventions in the »
- Jackie Keast
The Trump administration will not try to break up Silicon Valley’s powerful monopolies — Google, Facebook and Amazon. “I have no hope whatsoever,” said USC dean emeritus Jonathan Taplin, author of the new book, “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.” Taplin describes President Trump as “subservient to” the tech giants, but says President Obama was the same. “Politicians seem to be over-awed by real billionaires,” Taplin told TheWrap. “I don’t even know if Trump is a real billionaire. But I’m certain Peter Thiel, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg are real billionaires. »
- Susan Seager
Gravitas Ventures has secured U.S. as well as the foreign sales rights to territories outside North America for the documentary “Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web,” which follows the notorious internet hacker, Variety has learned exclusively.
Gravitas announced the deal on Tuesday on the eve of the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will be selling international rights.
Dotcom was born Kim Schmitz in Germany and moved to New Zealand with his family in 2012. Dotcom was raided and arrested by the New Zealand police that year and has been fighting extradition to the U.S. ever since. Charges against him include copyright infringement, racketeering, conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering as he and three co-defendants could face up to 80 years in prison.
Dotcom maintains that his Megaupload platform was merely providing a service, and under current copyright law, he is not responsible for the actions of its millions of users. »
- Dave McNary
Author and academic Jonathan Taplin has issued a warning over the dangers tech giants Google, Facebook and the like pose to U.S. democracy in an op-ed in The New York Times. In it he argues that it’s high time to break up such tech “monoliths” because — among other things — their successes have “stymied innovation on a broad scale.” Taplin argues that the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed over the last decade except for Microsoft. “Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon. »
- Brian Flood
It’s been a rough patch for the big tech companies that built their near-boundless riches on the content and conversations of billions of users. Now critics say they’ve accreted too much power at the expense of people, copyright, even democracy, and should be curbed, fined, even broken up. Those critics may be right.
Just since the election, we’ve had swirling controversies over the impact of fake news – fueled by Facebook and Google’s blackbox algorithms and ad revenues – that may have shifted the election results a few crucial points. The Trump Administration’s demonstrated tenuous relationship to actual facts since then has only intensified concerns.
Separate from all that, advertisers have been boycotting Google, and to a lesser extent Facebook. They’re unhappy that their brands keep ending up next to (and even paying for) extremists’ videos, posts and other objectionable material.
The European Union is reviewing »
- David Bloom
5 items from 2017
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