The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 24

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 24

The importance of safe and legal access to abortion was stressed by the European Parliament with reference to the expected US Supreme Court ruling that could mean changing the ruling Roe v Wade that gives US a constitutional right to abortion. The Parliament says that all EU Countries have to decriminalise abortion and that the US government should ensure access to safe and legal abortion.

Advertising agency Group M expects global advertising to grow by 8.4% this year, down from 9.7% that the company forecasted in December last year. This means that the company agrees with adfirm Zenith that recently also downgraded its forecast for the year from from 9.1% to 8.0%.

Meta, Google, Twitter, TikTok, and Microsoft are among 34 organisations that have signed a strengthened Code of Practice to increase the fight against online disinformation. “This new anti-disinformation Code comes at a time when Russia is weaponising disinformation as part of its military aggression against Ukraine, but also when we see attacks on democracy more broadly”, said the Commission´s vice president Vera Jourová in a statement.

Worrying news reports about the pandemic and now the Russian invasion of Ukraine have led to that an increasing number of people are avoiding the news. This is a conclusion of the Reuters Institute’s annual Digital News Report. “The need for reliable information, careful context, and considered debate has rarely been greater, but so too has the desire for stories that inspire and give hope of a better tomorrow.”

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