IS THE END OF THE INTERNET?

You heard correctly: nowadays there is no association representing the youtubers.

So, they have gone on their own a group of European creators, with the aim of telling the politicians of Brussels all the problems we would have if this was approved Article.

Possibly this can cause some migration of talent outside countries of the European Union and towards the United States. 

Some creators within the European Union will stop creating content and others from outside the union will be blocked within Europe.

For example, only in Spain there are more than 1000 YouTube channe;s that generate enough audience so that their authors have something like a salary and can dedicate themselves to create content and in some cases even to hire people.

Something similar happens in other platforms such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter that the creators of online content are already a small industry that has 1000 workers in the UK and that generates value for the whole society.

It is true that YouTube is a US company, but the youtuber with the most subscribers in the world is Swedish and the youtuber with the largest audience in the Spanish-speaking world is Spanish.

This means that in Europe there is no lack of creators, but the problem is that there is no association that represents youtubers; the great mass media or the record companies have their employers and their unions. Youtubers… not because they have started very little by little.

The story of any YouTube channel is the following: you start with your own resources, upload videos because you like them and, as you grow, there comes a time where you can dedicate yourself to this one hundred percent.

A European directive to regulate copyright on the internet, article 13, is as catastrophic as it is painted and what is more important what youtubers can do about it.

Article 13 paragraph 4. YouTube is responsible for the content that is on the platform, but has limited liability and this means that YouTube would be required to inform them that there may be songs on your platform and you have to ask them if they want to block them or if they want to be paid a license, so according to this version of article 13 if YouTube shows that you have done everything possible to protect the copyright you cannot sue.

YouTube could become a television channel where only the great creators could survive because they can afford a lawyer to manage their copyright.

Now the filter works well, because if you try to upload a movie or a series, a song, because it detects you and the video is blocked and that’s it, but it also works very badly. For example, James Rouse blocked a piece that is public domain that was touching him because I said I have detected this, and I think you do not play it.

On the other hand, the filter does not detect when you are uploading an entire movie or when you have uploaded an eight-second fragment into a video where you can be doing a didactic analysis, but the filter does not understand contexts, the filter only knows if the content is and will eliminate it.

With this law, social networks are going to have to make their filters work much more aggressively.

For example, in a day in which one hundred videos are uploaded, seventy of them are videos without third-party content, twenty-five of them use third-party content but legally and five of them use third-party content making the copyright infringement, but If social networks make filters work more aggressively, almost all these videos will be deleted or, at least, everything will be blocked preventive until you start a manual filter.

Obviously, it will better capture the copyrighted content, but it gives problems to almost half of the content creators who had done nothing wrong, and this can be explained with an example: it’s like a fishing net if you make the holes in the network finer you get more things, but you do not get them selectively.

That is why there are people who call them the meme, although in the European Union they say that today the memes will remain legal, but it will be very difficult to create content without problems.

Those who support the directive are large companies that say they are not paid enough compared to what they receive from Spotify and may be right, but they will isolate the European Union from the rest of the world.

There are many against this, even the founder of Wikipedia and most of the creators of content and even many consumers who feel that they are going to be isolated, but nobody really is against the essence of the directive to fight for Copyright.

The European Commission cannot approve directives, they have to propose them to the parliament and the European Council and it is these two institutions that write two different versions of the directive and this is where the problems begin: the providers of content dissemination services perform an act of communication towards the public, which basically means that YouTube becomes unlimited responsible for the content that is published on the platform.

We are only in the middle of the road.

The process to get a European directive is the following: first the European Commission proposes it and there we have the first draft of article 13, then the parliament draws up its text and votes and there we have the second draft article 13, but there is a third actor: the European Council and they also have their own version of Article 13.

On the one hand we have the representative of the European Commission who enters with his advisors, on the other the representatives of the parliament and the other to the council, all of them come with their advisors, in total, we talk about 30 people who meet every week to amend what is voted in parliament, being a very slow process.

The directive was already voted in favor on September 12, it should be said that although the directive received four hundred and thirty-eight votes in favor and two hundred and twenty-six against, article thirteen received only three hundred sixty-six in favor and two hundred and ninety-seven against. The final version of the directive will be voted between January and April 2019 so there is still time to change the formulation of article thirteen.

The certain thing is that once it had been ratified in the parliament it would have to take it to the national parliaments, that is, each member country would have to draw its own law following the guidelines of this directive and that is where the creators come back online.

But… what about UK?

A very striking thing with the creators of the United Kingdom is that although they were all against Brexit in general, they suddenly started to think that if Great Britain leaves the European Union and does not apply article thirteen, we will be able to continue creating content. continue to consume content from the United States and other countries and suddenly there is a good part of people who were very opposed to Brexit, but now it is very confusing.

Although it must also be said that it depends on whether the Brexit becomes aggressive or softly, maybe they end up covered by article thirteen of this directive or, maybe not.

We are going to imagine that I upload a video clip of a music group for example of ACDC without their permission, that is, I am doing something illegal at that moment ACDC or the record company that has its rights can denounce me, but it denounces me and can demand that I pay a fine millionaire to me, but the problem is money because I cannot pay a millionaire fine because I simply do not have a million euros, then ACDC they go to YouTube and ask you to remove the video. For these things YouTube has a special filter called content ID, in this case they send their song to YouTube and YouTube scans the song and looks for all the videos where it appears and blocks them. This is what the law says, but now comes the interesting part because at this moment ACDC arrive and they say to YouTube: and if instead of removing the songs you pay us a license? So far, the law does not say anything about that, that is, YouTube is forced to remove the song if they ask, but the law says nothing about negotiating contracts. However, as the people of YouTube is very great tells them do not worry we are going to do business, if you think I’ll pay a percentage of the money we generate with the ads that go in that video, that is, they negotiate a contract and you will say it is a high percentage or a low percentage because according to the record companies it is quite low. We only know one thing, associations like impala that are the ones that represent the record companies in Brussels want YouTube to pay them more and for that they need a stronger position in the negotiations with a new copyright law and this is how in 2016 the European Commission released the first draft of the so-called directive for copyright in the European single market. According to this YouTube law and all other content platforms are obliged to compensate the copyright owners, being much more favourable.”

“Let’s go back to the example of ACDC, now not only they denounce me for violating their copyright, but also YouTube.”

RFID chip, convenient or catastrophic

Recently  not only has America joined movement with Switzerland in the development new technology for citizens to use but now the UK is advancing on the alleged opportunity, the RFID chip (radio frequency identification)

The chip is implanted in the right hand of whoever uses the device is a new way of being your own smartphone, entering buildings, opening car doors and purchasing of goods.

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Since 2017 Switzerland has been spreading and pushing the high demand in giving out the device, NPR reports that over 4,000 citizens have already adopted to the device and are using it to there daily lives normally.

The chip to some is very much like carrying a phone except you can open your car door and purchase things in the stores using the chip as the radio frequencies work the same as identification cards or credit cards.

The exploitation of the chips grew instantly and has now reached the USA when around 50 people other than the people surrounding Three Square Market  have purchased the chip and had it implanted.

People that work within the area in Three Square Market also embedded the chip in there hand to use for purchasing food within the building and also using  the chip as a form of identification to allow them in the company building they work for.

Recently the chip has grown even larger regarding the base of its intrigued users and has now reached the UK only differences is the nature of why firms within the UK are intuiting the progression of the microchips.

The firms believe it would induce higher security and more efficiency regarding the working field.

Discussions are being held with Biohax the Swedish technology firm who created the microchip and was the first to gather people who would’ve want try the microchips.

UK business believe that it would cause a better surveillance for security and also would make the working field consist of more efficiency

But the real question is which a swell as their being many people who agree with the use of the microchips there are majority who do say otherwise.

A portion of people see this as a very bad issue regarding public privacy and untrustworthy initiations involving the chip, Trade Unions in Scandinavia made popular attention towards the privacy and danger that could come with the RFID chip

The real important question of this advancement in technology is will the RFID chip be a success and convenient invention or will it be a catastrophic making of technology that we as people will have to compromise to.

Facebook to merge WhatsApp and Instagram messengers

Facebook has plans to merge its own Messenger with Instagram and WhatsApp to allow users to communicate across the different platforms.

The tech giant has announced that it plans to have a shared core for all of the messaging apps.

Facebook has said that it is at the start of a “long process”.

It is believed that these plans come from Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook’s CEO.

In a press release Facebook said it wanted to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.”

Integrating the messaging parts might simplify Facebook’s work, allowing them to control all 3 apps in one place.

These plans come amidst Facebook’s privacy scandals to do with advertising and Russian interference, and more recently the apparent implication of self harm posts on Instagram that allegedly lead to the suicide of 14 year old Molly Russell in 2017.

Facebook is also looking at adding encryption to these platforms along with the merger. “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,” said a spokesperson for Facebook.

Facebook is aiming to have implemented their cross-platform plan by the end of 2019.

Davido sells out 20,000 capacity o2 Arena

Chairman of Davido music worldwide group Davido, single-handedly sells out the o2 Arena on 27th January 2019.

Famous Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer Davido enscripted his name in history book as he single-handedly sells out the o2 Arena with his DMW (Davido music worldwide) team mates.

Fans who decided to purchase their tickets at the last minute were left disappointed as all categories of tickets have been exhausted.

Many Nigerian artists have performed and sold out at smaller o2 stages in the past, Davido and Wizkid presently become the only Nigerian artiste to have taken up the big stage of 20,000 capacity.

Davido becomes the second Nigerian to sell out at the o2 Arena following Wizkid’s sold out Afrorepublik concert concert in 2018 at the o2 Arena.

After Wizkid’s sold out concert he announced in June 2018 that he was embarking on the same route to sell out the o2 Arena like his ”brother”. Many fans took to their twitter pages saying the Afro pop-star couldn’t accomplish such feat as it was a stretch for him but Davido didn’t concur with their opinions and decided to prove them wrong.

Davido took to his Instagram page after it was announced that his show was sold out with the caption ”I’m screaming!! it’s going to be a long day for haters tomorrow Thanks to all that made this possible. The boy called David sold out the o2 ! @theo2london. See everyone tomorrow Dem dead AAWWFFFFF”.

this was a concert that was long prepared for after much wait, famous English actor, producer, musician and DJ Idris Elba took to stage to announce davido who made an outstanding entrance on a suspending platform wherein he looked upon 20,000 people as they screamed his name in one video cc: victor aio

Davido at o2 was a great success as he did not only sell out tickets but also had his name inscribed in history books.

Facebook is adding a new petitions feature

Facebook will introduce a new feature called Community Actions which will allow members of a community to have their say in what happens in their area.

This new feature will give people the opportunity to express their view on something they would like to happen in their local community.

Users will be able to request change from their local government bodies or elected officials.

Supporters of the petitions are able to discuss the topic with others, leave comments, and create events such as fundraisers.

The launch of Community Actions is part of a larger effort by the Facebook to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a spokesperson said.

Community Actions has been launched across the US today after several weeks of trial runs. The addition of the feature is to simplify how people use petitions on Facebook. Before, people could share petitions from websites such as change.org, but now it can be done directly through Facebook itself.

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An example of the sort of topics people will be able to discuss

Facebook will be monitoring all the Community Actions on its site, with human moderators along with user flagging and algorithmic detection to make sure that the petitions aren’t hateful or abusive. Also, some government officials will be given a “constituents” badge, ensuring that people know when a government representative has commented on the post.

Facebook has launched several features that involve the engagement of communities in recent years, like the Town Hall feature that allowed users to locate, follow and contact government representatives.

Eleanor Clough-Delaney works a lot with local her local community in Streatham Hill and organises events such as an annual street party. She gives her opinion on this new feature;

“[Petitions] can give single people a voice in unison with other like minded people and give them the benefit of a ‘hive’ group to feel solidarity with. There’s safety and strength in numbers.”.

Hyundai Elevate: walking rescue vehicle unveiled

Hyundai has revealed a new way to aid first responders to natural disasters. The Elevate is a car which has robotic legs to “allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain”.

The Elevate was designed to be able to reach areas that would normally be inaccessible after a natural disaster, whether it be rough terrain or snowed in roads.

Design manager David Byron said that the Elevate “has the ability to take people where no car has been before, and redefine our perception of vehicular freedom”.

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There are four robotic legs that extend from the body. These legs give the vehicle the option of driving, walking or climbing in any direction across different landscapes. Hyundai vice president John Suh spoke about how the Elevate can overcome issues that current emergency vehicles. “When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete”.

This technology aims to revolutionise the way that search and rescue is carried out. There are also smaller scale applications for the Elevate. One of the images released by Hyundai depicts an Elevate with a taxi livery, and it is helping a wheelchair user climb get to the top of a flight of stairs. This demonstrates how such technology could make travelling easier for passengers in difficult environments, such as cities.

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The Elevate helps a wheelchair user

While the Elevate may not reach production, Prof David Bailey from Aston Business School believes that the technology may live on. “For most of us, it’s going to be wheels and roads but in extreme situations there may be scope for this sort of thing. There may well be applications in terms of emergency services”.

An Egg becomes the most liked picture on Instagram

 

A picture of a regular egg becomes the most liked picture on Instagram, dethroning kylie Jenner’s  picture of daughter Stormi Webster. 

A picture of a regular egg becomes the most liked picture on Instagram as it cracks over 26,241,201 likes defeating kylie Jenner’s world record of over 18,302,677 likes on a single picture.

The supposed record breaker goes by the Instagram username @world_record_egg, the account was established on 4th of January 2018 wherein it kicked off the campaign to being the most liked picture on Instagram .

This was just like any other egg with no special features or traits, it kicked off its campaign with the caption ”Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million) We got this”.

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It might have seemed like it could never happen but the with support of 3 million followers it gained from its date of establishment, it displaced Kylie Jenner’s who held unto the record for almost a year.

Kylie Jenner’s picture was posted 7 February 2018 wherein she announced her daughter’s name ” Stormi Webster” as the caption in the picture where she was holding hands with her child.

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The friendly campaign was a success as individuals on social media have been talking about it wherein it is trending. Social media wouldn’t be entertaining without a public response or banter about this issue.

After the confirmation that the regular egg was now the most liked Instagram photo in the world, Kylie Jenner uploaded a video of herself cracking an egg on the ground with the caption ”take that little egg”. Her light-hearted banter to her new rival.

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The media star Kylie Jenner has over 123 million followers and was succeeded by @world_record_egg with 3 million followers to have the most like Instagram photo of all time.

Jameela Jamil: ‘Photoshop Should be Illegal’

Actress Jameela Jamil, best known for her role in US TV series The Good Place, brands airbrushing as a ‘disgusting’ tool and ‘should be illegal’.

Living in the 21st century, we have been bombarded with social media and how we present ourselves through it.

With the easy access and use of airbrushing apps such as ‘Facetune’ and ‘Adobe Photoshop’, altering your look and removing your so-called ‘flaws’, has captured the globe.

To crack down, Jameela Jamil, a self professed ‘feminist-in-progress’, has warned those that photoshopping ‘does more harm than good’

In a series of tweets, she states: “Photoshop in advertising and magazines is so often used in ways that are ageist, ableist, fatphobic, racist and deeply sexist”

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Jameela had been selected as one of BBC 100 women and through this she had expressed her true feelings towards the ‘fake’ and extremely unreal beauty standards being bestowed upon women.

She wrote: “If you see a digitally “enhanced” picture of yourself, you run the risk of becoming acclimatised to that level of flawlessness and it makes it harder for you to accept your actual image – the one that exists in real life, in the mirror.”

She’s also highlighted the mental health risk factors that come along with airbrushing.

As a means of social media she has started @i_weigh as a way of sharing and appreciating realistic body standards.

Questioning the legal and ethical issues of airbrushing, and promoting weight loss, she has managed to collate herself a 248k following on Instagram.

She blames the hypernormalisation of body image for the rise of botched plastic surgeries and body dysmorphia issues.

Jameela has also been reported to slam the Kardashians for their ‘toxic influence on young girls’

Google acts on sexual misconduct

Google sacks 48 employees including thirteen senior managers over sexual harassment claims within a period of two years.

In response to New York times post, on 29th November 2018 the CEO of google Sundar Pichai sent out emails to employees stating that the company is dead serious about cases of sexual harassment and is doing everything to provide a safe and inclusive workplace.

He also stated that 13 senior managers were dismissed along side the 48 employees that were sacked wherein none of the employees received an exit package, email below;

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After thousands of Google employees took part in a protest against sexual assault and harassment at their workplace, Google went ahead announcing new sexual assault and harassment rules.

Spokesman of Andy Rubin the Android creator claimed he denied the sexual allegations against him.

He further went on saying he left the company in 2014 out of his own will to launch a technology incubator called Playground not because he was accused to sexually assaulting a fellow staff as he was unaware of the allegation when he left in 2014.

The movement to stop sexual assault and harassment continues as an official page has been set up on twitter regarding the case with #googlewalkout.

The official Google walkout page tweeted that google has taken steps by addressing their demands as shown in this tweet;

Sundar Pichai also added that they were new ways to report cases of sexual assault and harassment anonymously.

 

Facebook documents seized by Parliament

Series of Facebook documents have been seized by the UK parliament following the Cambridge Analytica scandal investigation. 

The UK parliament have recently exercised their power by confiscating a series of Facebook document that is suspected to have infringed on privacy of  over 50 million Facebook users and leaking their private information.

According to the Observer these documents mainly consisted of information about Facebook’s privacy controls, during the Cambridge Analytica scandal investigation it was discovered that Facebook was linked to the case that led Cambridge Analytica to shut down. 

The documents were forcefully obtained from Ted Kramer an Executive of six4three (a US tech firm) while on a business trip in London. Sargent-at-arms brought him before UK parliament.

He refused to tender the documents as it would risk a citation for contempt from the San Mateo Superior Court located in California, a letter from Facebook to Damian Collins on why the documents shouldn’t be publicised; 

According to Damian he says, ”We’ve failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest.” that was what led to the confiscation of the internal documents in the first place.

After much speculation he was threatened on grounds of imprisonment or fines if the documents were not handed to the parliament within a short period of two hours. 

Individuals have been reacting to this story as some of them are taking sides with the UK parliament for seizing the documents;

Eric Garland a popular economics consultant and trend analyst also reacted to the issue on twitter;

This case goes further as a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.