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IT and Media news week 28.

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 28

The Covid pandemic is no longer considered to be a global health emergency by the WHO but it has permanently changed the focus of office work. After sending staffers off to work from home avoiding the virus, many companies have now introduced rules on how many days per week staffers have to be at the office. The number of employees who work only from home is expected to continue to fall. A test of four-day workweek in the UK resulted in 92% of the test companies deciding to permanently use four-day workweek.

80% of citizens in the world have less freedom of expression today than a decade ago. Far more people are experiencing increases in repression than decreases regardless of measuring it over 1, 5 or 10 years, freedom of expression organisation Article 19’s annual Global Expression Report shows. . 

Venture capital funding overall has surged in recent years, but the numbers haven’t leapt forward for European and US female founders at the same pace. In 2022, US companies founded solely by women garnered just 2.1% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the US. Europe’s female founders take a larger part of venture capital financing but overall, female founders lag behind previous years’ totals, according to financial data firm PitchBook

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