A weekly round up of news and views from the tech, creative and business world.
Happy birthday internet!
On March 12th 1989 a little thing called the internet was born, which has gone on to be the fastest growing communication method of all time. As it turns 25, many have reflected on how it has changed the world and how we interact. Daddy internet himself, Tim Berners Lee, has used the occasion to ask people to celebrate by sharing their stories and calling for an online ‘Magna Carta’ to protect the future of the open network. In 25 years the technology has gone from a single room to a global resource – becoming so integral to our lives that some argue it should be a human right.
The technology has prompted a huge shift in how businesses operate. Today’s most well-recognised global brands have taken advantage of the ever-changing tech, and are barely recognisable from their humble beginnings. Amazon began with just seven links on their homepage, Twitter was a simple, SMS based service, and YouTube didn’t really bring their content to the fore. These services (amongst many others) have since transformed how we learn and communicate. Happy birthday internet, have a cat gif on us.
Edward Snowden joined SXSW this week, albeit virtually, to discuss NSA and its affect on the internet. The virtual appearance was his first since he leaked the documents which led to a worldwide debate about our privacy and security. He stated that his actions had improved the security of the public, the government and every society in the world, and though he has undertaken many sacrifices, such as never being able to return to the US, he would do it all again. Looking forward, he encouraged people to carry on the fight, stating his actions “set fire to the future of the internet, and the people who are in this room now, you are the firefighters.” He also urged the public to carry on the defense through simple protection measures such as encrypting their hard drives.
Julian Assange also made a video appearance at the festival, urging people to do the same as Snowden encouraged, stating that the internet is now a highly political place, something which it wasn’t five years ago before movements such as Occupy, the Arab Spring and NSA, and as individuals we have a duty to “do something about it” as frankly, “we’ve got no choice.”
Getty in there, my son
Getty images, the world’s largest photo service and fine purveyor of handshakes since ‘97 has just updated its offer to allow users to use its pictures for free in order to tackle issues of infringement. This means dropping the watermark and offering higher resolution images, but in order to use them, you must add a footer at the bottom of the image crediting Getty and linking to the licensing page.
It could be seen as a risk, but in a world where people are quick to screengrab or Google Image search, Getty’s content is already freely accessible anyway. Recent projects have tried to make this image library more relevant and useful, with products such as Front Door, a trend based image feed. Getty’s new approach to licensing may help ensure they remain at the forefront of peoples minds, when hunting for that perfect, multiculturally diverse, boardroom high five.
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