Media Bits and Bytes - February 9, 2021
- A Year of Resistance in Tech
- China Stockpiles Hardware
- Troops’ Posts Reveal Preferences for Trump
- The GameStop Caper
- Repression of Journalists in India
- South Africa: A Victory Over Big Brother
- Apple vs. Facebook
- How to Stop Digital Disinfo
- AOC: The Politics of Instagram Live
By JS Tan and Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya
For the tech sector, the pandemic has fast-tracked the digital transformation of all aspects of life and given tech companies record-breaking valuations. But for tech workers, the pandemic highlighted existing inequalities.
China is taking decisive steps to protect itself from a widening US technology ban, with imports of computer chips and the machines that make them surging last year.
Why Lou Dobbs Got the Ax By Brian Stelter, CNN
Podcast: Can Fox Be Silenced? Should They Be? By Bob Garfield, On the Media
By Patricia Kime and Oriana Pawlyk
Some U.S. service members have defiantly posted in support of Trump, condemned Biden and spread conspiracy theories. Recent events have exposed gaps in the services’ social media policies and warn that order and discipline could suffer if they aren’t addressed.
Reddit On the Warpath By Steven Asarch, Insider
GameStop: The Power, Potential and Peril By Max Haiven, Roar
The Caravan’s editors write that charges filed against them after covering protests are an ‘assault on free media’.
By Daren Milo
South Africa’s Constitutional Court handed down a decision which has already received worldwide acclaim. It found in favour of amaBhungane, the investigative journalism organisation, affirming the right to privacy over state surveillance.
By Justin Bariso
By Kelly Born
Online disinformation is not a problem that any society can afford to ignore. But because the problem touches on such a wide range of policy issues, economic sectors, and fundamental democratic principles, it will not be solved with just one policy or approach.
By Caroline Framke
Whether speaking about the the Capitol attack, her own trauma as a sexual assault survivor, or the basics of policy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses Instagram Live like no other.