Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 20 March 2018

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Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook
Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook (Image Credit: Wired)

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Facebook in the dock

Make no doubt about it, Facebook is in serious trouble on both sides of the Atlantic.

This follows revelations that Cambridge Analytica is alleged to have mined data from some 50 million unwitting users of the platform. This was done via a Facebook app thisisyourdigitallife designed by an intermediary that posed psychological quizzes to users that chose to download it.

Facebook announced late on Friday evening (US East Coast time) that it had banned Cambridge Analytica from its platform. On Saturday, it became clear why. In the face of threats of litigation from Facebook, The Observer and The New York Times ran stories from a whistleblower detailing how the data was used.

This was followed by more revelations by Channel 4 News about Cambridge Analytica’s conduct, based on undercover filming.

The UK Information Commissioner has announced it is to seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica’s servers.

As ever, it’s Facebook handling of the dispute that has drawn the most ire. Notably the lack of public comment from senior Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. The New York Times reports that a senior executive, chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, is to leave the company over internal disagreements over how it should respond to its role in spreading disinformation.

Credit should go to The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr for her dogged pursuit of this story for over a year. Over this time responses have ranged from “Move along. Nothing to see here.” to very personal abuse.

There are some parallels with work of Nick Davies at The Guardian in investigating phone hacking at the News Of The World. Robust denials, a woeful corporate response, and The Guardian having to give its own material to rival news outlets in order for the story to gain traction.

This story clearly has a long way to go. Whilst it perhaps premature to say this is the death-knell for the platform, it has proved that Facebook is certainly not invincible. And whatever the final outcome, it is clear that the days of Facebook, Google et al all having the commercial benefits of a mass media platform, with none of the legal and moral responsibilities that come with it, are over.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 13 March 2018

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Biometric Boarding Gates Los Angeles (Image Credit: British Airways)

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BA extends trial of biometric boarding gates

Late last year, BA began a trial of using biometric gates to board aircraft on flights departing from Los Angeles.

Instead of presenting a boarding pass and passport, all passengers need to do is look into a camera, wait for their information to be verified, and board the aircraft. BA claims this can reduce boarding times by 50%. It has now been extended to select flights from Orlando (BA2036 to London Gatwick).

It is also now being operated for the purposes of US Customs & Immigration on select BA flights arriving at Miami and New York JFK from London, both of which can be absolute horror shows for immigration queues. More details from BA Media Centre.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 6 March 2018

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The Monocle Media Summit

The editorial team of Monocle Magazine and various movers & shakers from the world of media gathered in London last week for the 2nd annual Moncole Media Summit to take the temperature of broadcast and print media, as well as branding and advertising. Guests included Hala Gorani of CNN and Francine Lacqua of Bloomberg. You can hear highlights from Moncole 24’s weekly print media show “The Stack”.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 27 February 2018

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 20 February 2018

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Social Media In The Dock

The biggest story in the past week has of course been Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian individuals who are alleged to have manipulated many social media platforms to interfere in the 2016 US Presidential Election.

It is worth reading the full text of the indictment to see just how systematically and methodically social media platforms were abused.

NBC News has retrieved more than 200,000 now deleted tweets alleged to have been posted by Russian trolls.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 13 February 2018

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Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook (Image Credit: Wired)

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Smart Speakers

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is now on sale.

Now admittedly, Apple’s capacious store on Regent Street with all its hard surfaces is not the best environment to test a speaker. It certainly packs a sound. Bearing in mind the price point of £315 and that you’ll need two speakers to benefit from stereo sound, it is a lot of money. Having sampled Alexa and Google Home, I think Google Home Mini wins for its ease of use, unobtrusiveness and accessible price point which allows for multiple purchases. If you really want HiFi sound, then it’s best to invest in HiFi.

The Loop goes inside Apple’s HomePod audio lab.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 6 February 2018

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Nigel Slater's Middle East (Image Credit: BBC)
Nigel Slater’s Middle East (Image Credit: BBC)

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Have we reached “peak Facebook”?

Facebook reported a 47% in total revenues to $40.6 billion in the year to 31 December 2017 but that time spent on the platform has fallen by approximately 50 million hours each day following changes to its News Feed to emphasise content from friends. (Facebook)

So have we reached “peak Facebook”?

For a time it seemed that Facebook was immune to the fate of MySpace and Friends Reunited and was on the verge of becoming the Internet.

However, Vanity Fair also asks whether Facebook has simply become too big to handle and its “Move Fast and Break Things” mantra may soon apply to itself. (Vanity Fair)

On the subject of financial results, Google parent Alphabet reported revenue for the year to 31 December 2017 of $110.9 billion, a 23% increase year on year. Apple reported revenue for the quarter to 31 December 2017 of $88.3 billion and an active user base of some 1.3 billion devices in January 2018.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 30 January 2018

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Streaming Media

BBC Radio 1, which was famous for its comedy shows in the 1990s (The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris), is to make a return to the genre. The station will launch a new series of comedy podcasts. The first series will be available for download from Monday 5 February. (BBC)

The Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn speaks to the Media Masters podcast.

Sky has also announced that its online streaming service Now TV will offer HD streams of TV channels from later this year. On a related note, Virgin Media is offering all existing customers the opportunity to upgrade to its latest 4K ready V6 set-top box. (Virgin Media)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 23 January 2018

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Amazon Echo Spot (Image Credit: Amazon.co.uk)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 16 January 2018

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Facebook News Feed

Facebook has announced changes it its News Feed which will prioritise posts from friends and family and posts that prompt interaction and conversation over public posts from publishers.

This is as it comes under considerable scrutiny over the influence of its algorithmic news feed on media consumption and democracy. Many print and broadcast media businesses have long protested, with some considerable justification, that Facebook and others are media companies and should be subject to the same regulatory regime as them.

This will hopefully mean less tiresome clickbait (with those faux-conversational four word sentence introductions) choking up the Facebook news feed.

(Facebook Newsroom)
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