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Framing Facebook: It’s not about technology

Put aside for one moment the recent headlines. Forget about Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg facing politicians in Washington. And park everything you’ve heard about Cambridge Analytica. There are problems with the way most media organisations report Facebook. It’s something no-one ever talks about. The first problem is that media organisations are not disinterested external observers. […]

European regulator wants to rein in tech

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, says the government has to move fast to ensure that tech does not subvert society. Presumably, she means the European government. “…as it becomes clearer how those companies were used to manipulate the 2016 U.S. elections, Vestager feels validated in her distrust of Silicon Valley’s power…” The quotes come […]

Don Christie says global IT giants all take, no give with New Zealand

Don Christie writes in the New Zealand Herald Global IT companies are taking profit here and putting nothing back: An organisation I co-chair, NZRise, has been looking at the problem. We represent New Zealand owned digital companies who generate jobs and good incomes for tens of thousands of Kiwis. Our research shows Facebook, Google, Amazon […]

Facebook not the media messiah

For years publishers, broadcasters and anyone else in the media business have wondered if Facebook could be their salvation. The old publishing business model has crumbled. Building mass audiences with entertainment or information then selling advertising no longer delivers rivers of gold. Some saw Facebook as an answer. Perhaps not the answer, the question is […]