The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 2

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 2

Facebook should better protect political speech in critical situations such as that in Iran, where historic, widespread, protests are being violently suppressed, Meta Oversight Board says overturning Meta’s original decision to remove a Facebook post protesting the Iran government which contains the slogan “marg bar… Khamenei.” This literally translates as “death to Khamenei”. The board stresses that the slogan is often used as political rhetoric to mean “down with Khamenei.”

Cybercrime will continue and intensify in 2023.  Threat actor techniques will evolve considerably over the next 12 months. Ransomware and insider risk will grow as attackers target trusted employees with extortion attempts. Cybercrime “vendors” are shifting toward new business models.  A positive forecast is an expected broader adoption of passkeys technology (passwordless login), Google security leaders told VentureBeat. 

With the economic downturn and the war in Ukraine, publishers are much less confident about their business prospects than this time last year. The biggest concerns are rising costs, lower advertising, and a softening in subscriptions. Even those that are optimistic expect to see layoffs and other cost-cutting measures in the next year. And many worry that people increasingly will avoid the news reports because of all negative developments, a Reuters Institute survey shows.

Iranian authorities have arrested at least 88 journalists since September 2022, when mass protests erupted, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. An unprecedented number of women journalists have been detained. Reporting on the protests is an ongoing challenge for BBC Persian Service journalists, who are not allowed into the country, suffer daily harassment, and whose families back home are persecuted.

Worldwide sales of PCs late last year saw the largest quarterly decline since the mid 90s. The decrease was 28.5% compared to the fourth quarter in 2021 and total sales last year was down 16.2%, according to market and research firm Gartner. “The anticipation of a global recession, increased inflation and higher interest rates have had a major impact on PC demand,” says Mikako Kitagawa, Director Analyst at Gartner. 

 

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