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IT and Media news week 14

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 14

Future healthcare systems will benefit from using artificial intelligence and digital tools, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum that stresses positive use of AI at the background of the ongoing discussion about benefits and threats from AI developments. The report was published in connection with World Health Day on April 7. But macro-economic trends, worker well-being and growing inequalities continue to threaten global health systems. 

IT spending will increase in all regions worldwide this year despite the global economic turbulence. Worldwide IT spending is projected to be a total $4.6 trillion in 2023, up 5.5% from 2022, according to a forecast by market research firm Gartner. “Even as layoffs continue to impact the tech industry at large, there is still a critical shortage of skilled IT labour. The demand for tech talent greatly outstrips the supply, which will continue until at least 2026 based on forecast IT spend.”

Chinese-owned TikTok has 150 million monthly active users in the US but despite this, 50% in a survey say they support the US government banning the app. No more than 22% say they would oppose a banning of the app. The US government wants the Chinese-owned video sharing app to sell its US operations or risk being banned. The background is fear that the Chinese-owned company could pass on TikTok user data to Chinese authorities. 

Being scammed online can trigger mental health issues, so it is important victims recognise that they need support and therefore talk to friends and family about their experiences, and report the scammers as well, UK’s media regulation authority, Ofcom, says in a report. Europol announced that a law enforcement operation on April 4 involving 17 countries has taken down Genesis Market, a marketplace selling stolen account credentials to hackers worldwide.  

 

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