A whole new world

At the time of writing, the Inauguration of 46th US President Joe Biden, had passed without hitch. Now – a few executive orders on climate change, travel bans, etc. notwithstanding – tech regulation is likely to be pretty high up the new President’s priority list. So just what can we expect for social in the immediate future? And what other trends are making the headlines as we kick-off another new week in media?

A whole new world: Much has understandably been written about the need for greater media tech regulation over the past week – it was after all, platforms like Facebook and Twitter that helped to create the White House mess that the new incumbents now find themselves having to clean-up.

For media’s part… by which we refer to the more traditional sectors of print, television, and the online press, it too appears to have entered into something of a period of self-scrutiny in recent days, analysing the role that journalism has and will continue to play in shaping macro socio-political trends. Last Wednesday’s piece by the Washington Post’s Global Opinions Editor, Karen Attiah, offers a strong example of this.

uLesson: Just as events emanating from the US in recent days have highlighted the fact that we live in a digitally connected world, edtech start-up uLesson reminds us that Silicon Valley is not the only place on the planet where tech innovation occurs. The Nigerian firm uses SD cards as a low-bandwidth way to deliver educational content across Africa, and was reported last week by TechCrunch to have secured an additional US $7.5m of funding.

One to watch: Staying in Australaisa, and looking back to the increasingly symbiotic relationship that media-tech and geo-politics is likely to have this year… Google’s relationship with the traditional publishing industry continues to appear – interesting – as we move into 2021.

For FIPP’s part: In this week’s main feature, FIPP Journalist, Pierre de Villiers looks at how the Covid-19 crisis has underlined why it’s crucial for media organisations to have a diverse workforce.

You can read the article in full on the FIPP website here.