Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 20 February 2018

Our weekly bulletin on the latest developments in media and technology around the world, as published every Tuesday morning at 06:00 GMT.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

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.

IAG invests in Volantio

For some years, International Airlines Group (“IAG’) has been participating in a technology start-up accelerator programme called Hangar 51.

Technology start-ups are invited to pitch their ideas to IAG management and those that are successful receive investment from IAG as well as access to IAG resources to develop their ideas. IAG has announced its latest investment.

It is to invest in Volantio which is developing a platform called Yana (TM). It enables airlines to proactively identify flexible passengers on high demand flights and offer them alternative seats on lower demand flights with added incentives.

Please see here for details of previous start-ups that have joined Hangar 51.

Streaming Media

Amongst a difficult period for many technology companies the latest series of BBC Radio 4’s “The Digital Human” looks at how digital technology can create a better physical world.

The BBC also launched a new pop culture podcast Unpopped.

Vox has just launched a new daily podcast Today Explained.

Also of note on the BBC iPlayer:

BBC Radio 6 Music celebrates the music and culture of New York in a special series 6 Music Loves New York.

BBC2 has also repeated New York: America’s Busiest City

The BBC’s Ben Wright looks at how the Civil Service is preparing for Brexit in The Ministry Of Leave.

Also of note this week:

Air New Zealand launches Emoji travel tips on social media. (Air New Zealand)

Whilst ostensibly aimed at the BBC’s in-house staff the BBC Academy has a lot of useful advice for photography and filming on the move. This article on smartphone apps for photography and filming is a great example.

Gatwick Airport introduces a cloud based Flight Information Display System. (Gatwick Airport)

How Google Flights is using algorithms to anticipate flight delays. (JWT Intelligence)

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