Global Trends 2020

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Pandemic accelerates automation

The pandemic is accelerating automation, through forcing workers to isolate. Automation technology is being used to process some government business loans that were launched after the crisis.

Source: https://fortune.com/2020/08/11/the-pandemic-is-speeding-up-automation-putting-jobs-in-question/

Australia forces Facebook and Google to pay for their news content

The Australian Government has introduced a new law which will compel social media networks to pay Australian media companies for sharing their content online. The Treasurer said that it was fair that these platforms pay media companies for the content they use to drive users to their websites.

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12325948

WhatsApp imposes new limit on forwarding to fight false Covid-19 claims

The Facebook-owned chat app has announced new limit on message forwarding  to slow the dissemination of fake news. If a user receives a frequently forwarded message – one which has been forwarded more than five times – under the new restrictions, they will only be able to send it on to a single chat at a time.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/07/whatsapp-to-impose-new-limit-on-forwarding-to-fight-fake-news

Drones being used to crack down COVID-19 in China

China’s Central Government instructed authorities to employ drones in an ongoing effort to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/asia/china-security-police-wuhan-virus-intl-hnk/index.html

Fake news about Dolphins in Venice

Stories of dolphins and fish swimming in the newly ‘unpolluted waters’ of Venice have been deemed as fake news.  Waters are actually running clear because boats are not swirling up silt, and the dolphin photo being taken in a different part of Italy.

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/coronavirus-pandemic-fake-animal-viral-social-media-posts/

Facebook gives WHO free ads

Facebook gives World Health Organization free ad space in battle with coronavirus misinformation.  Users will see pop-ups directing them to safe sources of information about the Coronavirus.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-facebook/facebook-gives-who-free-ads-in-battle-with-coronavirus-misinformation-idUSKBN20R14A

Google and Microsoft announce extended access to enterprise software

US-based tech giants Google and Microsoft announced that they would be offering corporate customers extended access to enterprise versions of online collaboration tools in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Source: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus

China employs drones to help contain the outbreak

China’s Central Government instructed authorities to employ drones in an ongoing effort to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/asia/china-security-police-wuhan-virus-intl-hnk/index.html

The tech dimension

As internet usage keeps rising a key value is early adoption, the hunger for the next and newest technology. Globally, 7 in 10 try to keep up with technology (70%), and as many as 9 in 10 online

Can technology ever help trust?

As technology and the behemoth-like firms behind it take an ever-increasing share of our time, income and attention, permeating every moment of our daily lives – even when we ring a doorbell – the very essence of