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The week that was- top IT and media news of week 11

The week that was: Top IT and Media news – week 11

Just 14 economies—all high income—have laws giving women the same rights as men, the World Bank says in the 2023 report about Women, Business and the Law. “In 2022, the global pace of reforms toward equal treatment of women under the law has slumped to a 20-year low.” “This “reform fatigue” is a potential impediment to economic growth and resilience at a critical time for the global economy. As global economic growth is slowing, all countries need to mobilize their full productive capacity to confront the confluence of crises besetting them.”

Newspaper publishers expect AI to have a big impact on the industry: Business sentiment in the newspaper industry has taken a downturn. More than half (55.4%) of respondents in a survey by publisher organisation WAN-IFRA say they are pessimistic about the next 12 months. This is a significant shift from last year when over 80% said they were optimistic after the pandemic. 69% said artificial intelligence would have the biggest impact on their business in the next two to three years.

Dramatic increase of imprisoned European journalists: European press freedom suffered continued degradation in 2022, is a summary of the annual report from Council of Europe’s Platform to protect journalism and safety of journalists. The number of imprisoned journalists has increased 60% since 2021, the Platform’s annual report shows.

Meta reducing staff with another 15 000: Meta’s expected new round of layoffs have been announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that the cuts mean reducing the team with another 10 000 and closing around 5 000 additional open roles. A couple of months ago, Meta cut the staff with 11 000 at the same time as Microsoft, Google and other tech companies announced big layoffs to adjust to the economic downturn and too extensive hiring during the pandemic.

Russian influencers targeting Ukrainian refugees: Russia has in 2023 stepped up its espionage attacks, targeting organizations in at least 17 European nations, mostly government agencies. Wiper malware attacks continue in Ukraine. The Russian hybrid offensive has also included sophisticated influence operations including targeting Ukrainian refugees, Clint Watts, general manager of Microsoft’s Threat Analysis Centre, writes presenting a cyber threats report.

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