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The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 50

A service with GenAI produced news summaries has been announced by ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and publisher Springer. The AI tool will produce news summaries based on content from Springer’s media brands including Politico. The announcement comes shortly after Springer announced it is terminating its cooperation with Samsung to produce news service Upday for smartphones. 

In 2023, a total of 45 journalists were killed in connection with their work, 16 fewer than in 2022 despite the war in the Middle East, a report from Reporters Without Borders shows. In Gaza, at least 13 journalists have been killed this year because of their work as journalists since the war began between Israel and Hamas, a total that rises to 56 if you include all journalists killed in the Gaza Strip, whether or not in the line of their work. For the first time in five years, more journalists have been killed in war zones than in peace zones. 

50% of consumers will abandon or significantly limit their interactions with social media by 2025 as they think quality on the platforms is decaying, according to a survey by market research firm Gartner. “By 2028, brands’ organic search traffic will decrease by 50% or more as consumers embrace generative AI-powered search.”

A legislative framework for digital platform workers and the first EU-rules on algorithmic management in the workplace have provisionally been agreed by the European Parliament and EU-governments in the European Council. The Platform Work Directive aims to ensure correct classification of the employment status of people doing platform work and to introduce the first ever EU-rules on algorithmic management and the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace.

Businesses with high gender and ethnic diversity show better financial results than less diversified companies . “Despite a rapidly changing business landscape, the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) not only holds, but grows even stronger”, consultancy McKinsey says in a study. “The business case for gender diversity on executive teams has more than doubled over the past decade.” 


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