The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 3

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 3

Artificial intelligence producing pictures and text is creating conflicts around ethics and other rights. The latest case is international picture agency Getty Images that is protesting against an artificial intelligence tool that the picture agency says is infringing the agency’s rights as the AI, without license, use data from photos taken by humans, to make other pictures. 

The slowing economy has over just a few weeks led to big tech companies announcing layoffs of 40 000 staffers with Alphabet, owner of Google and YouTube, being the most recent saying that 12 000 staffers globally will have to leave. Big tech benefitted when people were locked up during the pandemic wanting more tech services and devices. When most of the world gets out of the lockdown and economy slows down with increased inflation and interest rates, big tech companies find they have too many staffers.

Top executives are not taking cybersecurity seriously enough! This is the conclusion reading World Economic Forum report Global Cybersecurity Outlook. “As the cyber landscape promises to become more complex in the coming years, it is critical that organizations work to resolve this now if they are to build systemic cyber resilience for the long term.”

After several years of consecutive declines, there was a  steep rise in the number of journalists killed in 2022. 86 journalists and media workers were killed around the world in 2022. Around half of the journalists killed were off duty, according to UNESCO’s data.

Meta should change its standard for Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity Community so that it is governed by clear criteria that respects international human rights standards, the company’s Oversight Board says. The board has overturned Meta’s original decisions to remove two Instagram posts depicting transgender and non-binary people with bare chests.

 

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