Media Bits and Bytes – April 18, 2023
- Internet Access a Basic Human Right
- Writers Strike
- The Last Nuremburg Prosecutor — Censored Posthumously
- AI in the Working World
- Is NPR “State-Affiliated”?
- Getting It Wrong on Palestine
- Bitcoin: The Tulip of Tech
- Media Buzz Around the World
- When News is a ChatGPT Creation
- The Next Battle Over FCC Leadership
By Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service
A new University of Birmingham study has proposed that internet and online access be declared a human right. “People around the globe are so dependent on the internet to exercise socio-economic human rights such as education, healthcare, work, and housing that online access must now be considered a basic human right”, says the study.
By Kristin Toussaint
The WGA’s contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers—a trade association that represents more than 350 Hollywood film- and TV-production companies, including Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Netflix, and Apple+—expires on May 1. The union has been negotiating for big changes, primarily to the pay structure for writers, in line with the rise of streaming.
Benjamin Ferencz died last week at the age of 103. Ferencz was the last surviving member of the team of prosecutors at the Nuremberg trials after World War II. He also had strong opinions about the Iraq War. But no mention of them in his obituaries.
By Bill Chappell
Twitter added a "state-affiliated media" tag to NPR's main account on Tuesday, applying the same label to the nonprofit media company that Twitter uses to designate official state mouthpieces and propaganda outlets in countries such as Russia and China. NPR officials have asked Twitter to remove the label.
By Abdul Rahman
Palestinian activist Mustafa Barghouti called the Times reporting on the Al-Aqsa violence as “biased to Israel, adopting Israeli narrative unconditionally, and trying to provide Israel with impunity.” Another report by the BBC also invited strong reactions from Palestinians. Slanted reporting on the Israeli violence at Al-Aqsa and its subsequent airstrikes in Gaza is a routine practice and nothing new.
By Fabio De Masi
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Bitcoin’s blockchain technology, while exciting, is also inefficient compared to banks or Visa’s financial technology, and the benefits are unclear. After the 2007–8 financial crisis, crypto hype reached the financial market and sold itself as an alternative to banks creating new money (out of thin air) not backed by gold or other assets (so-called “fiat money”) with the push of a button on their computers.
Media Buzz Around the World
- Uganda 263Chat
- Peru By Brunella Tipismana, NACLA Report
- Taiwan By Lorenzo Lamperti, il manifesto Global
- Hungary By Lucy Martirosyan, openDemocracy
- Egypt By Bahar Makooi, France 24
By Chris Moran
A researcher had carried out research using ChatGPT. In response to being asked about articles on this subject, the AI had simply made some up. Its fluency, and the vast training data it is built on, meant that the existence of the invented piece even seemed believable to the named reporter, who absolutely hadn’t written it.
By Craig Aaron
They’re celebrating at Comcast and Fox, where their lobbyists deserve most of the credit for concocting lies to derail Gigi Sohn’s nomination. They falsely portrayed her as radical and divisive, even though her years of experience tell a different story — about a highly regarded expert who has reached across political divides to support communications policies that help people.